Damn, Daniel Explained

If this whole “Damn, Daniel” thing has got you confused, just watch this handy interview with Ellen! They talk about the origins and why it blew up. I genuinely have no answers for you as to why this is a thing, but i honestly love it. If after watching the video you still don’t “get it” then i feel like the next few years are going to be tough for you on social media. This is just the beginning…

Snowboarding Toddler

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Just in case you didn’t feel like enough of an underachiever today, how about you watch a video of a toddler (who can’t even speak yet) snowboarding? She is only 1yr and 2 months old! I mean, seriously… I don’t even have this kind of skill as a semi-functioning adult. This tiny little thing, Sloan, only apparently learnt to walk a couple of months ago, and she’s already got some serious core control.

Granted, she does live in Utah, where it snows pretty much every single Winter, so they have access to things like ski resorts, etc… but still, i never seen a baby in so much control of their tiny bodies.

Check it out:

Game Of Thrones Season 6 Trailers

If you follow Game Of Thrones on Twitter then you might have seen that they were asking fans of to declare their “allegiance” to one of three houses by using a hashtag, as the votes came in, each of the top houses was ‘awarded’ a short promo video. Just FYI, Team Stark is obviously winning. Game Of Thrones Season 6 doesn’t seem like it’s going to calm down at all.

If you chose House Lannister, this is what you got: “Every one of us is poor powerless. And yet, together we can overthrow an empire.”

For House Stark, it’s a dark and stormy “Winter Is Coming” kind of night… Ramsay Bolton declares “Winterfell is mine, come and see!” Er, no thanks.

Those still clinging on to Daenerys’ Mother Of Dragons Iron Throne claim get absolutely no hope in the video: “You are nobody, the millionth of your name, Queen of Nothing.” Wow!

And just in case you need a reminder of the trailer that dropped last month:

Make Every Week-end A Week-ginning

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I’m a firm believer in trying to take mini-breaks and weekend getaways throughout the year, I have this persistent/nagging desire to explore every single inch of our beautiful country. I’m lucky that I had parents who also had similar ideas because some of my best memories as a kid is when we piled into a car and drove off to some new and interesting town. I remember my parents always trying to take the back roads as often as we could… yes, we might have gotten lost, but we got to see parts of the country that only the locals knew about.

Organising a weekend away or a mini-break in South Africa is cheaper and easier than you think! I use a few different websites to find the cheapest flights, and Bidvest Car Rental really bring their A-game when it comes to speeding up the rental process so you can hit the road a lot quicker and get your adventure underway.

If you’re a Youtube regular, you might have come across an adorable new ad from Bidvest Car Rental that reminded me how important it is to prioritise these little trips, and that they also don’t have to be planned weeks in advance. I always stress about the tiniest details, but sometimes it’s good for the soul to just fly somewhere new, get in a car and drive off into the sunset. The little boy who they hired to be the voice of their new campaign is just too adorable for words, and he lays some serious truths down too.

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The message centres around making every minute count, which is something i think we can all do with hearing every now and again. It’s easy to become wrapped up in work, and then use the weekends to vegetate on the couch and watch series (which is great) but when you’re old and grey are you going to remember that one episode of Scream Queens, or are you going to remember the times you left the comfort of your home to go and explore?

Recently Joe and i went to the Eastern Cape for a weekend away and decided to take the backroads from P.E to Graaff-Reinet… 8 hours later we arrived. We got horribly lost and ended up on a mountain pass that looked like it hadn’t seen a car in a century, but even at the time we saw the funny side of it all and just enjoyed seeing a side of the country that we never otherwise would have. This might sound weird, but i love the idea of renting a car when going on holiday because you have the freedom to do whatever you want… if i feel like i’d rather drive down this dirt road to see if i can find an awesome sunset, then i want to be able to do that. It’s the only way to make every weekend a holiday ;)

It’s also worth mentioning that Bidvest Car Rental are running a competition where you can win a weekend car rental by sharing your own South African holiday/destination/adventure stories! Head to Twitter and use the tag: #EveryMinuteCounts – super simple!

If you want to watch their cute ad, check it out:

5yr Old Slays System Of A Down

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Meet Eduarda Henklein, she’s only 5 years old, but absolutely nailed this drum cover of System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey.” Halfway through the song she actually starts mouthing the words to it too… it is just too cute for words!

System of a Down should take her to a concert and let her drum this song for them one time. That would be epic!

Drunk Girls Get Surprised With Puppies & More!

I would like to start this off by asking how one goes by getting a job at Buzzfeed? Seriously. These videos are too much for me, they get to play with kittens and puppies, and try candy from around the world, they go on ghost hunting missions, it just seems like a jol all the time.

In their latest video they decided to give drunk girls puppies, and as you can imagine, there were tears. My favourite quote of the whole video is when one of the particularly emotional girls says “”I shouldn’t have drunk whiskey, i cant protect them.” Too funny. In all honesty though, i literally cried while watching this video… i mean, i wasn’t drunk, and i was only watching a video of other people getting to play with puppies. If they had gotten me drunk, i probably would’ve straight up stolen all of them and just walked out.

New Amazon Series Shows Us An Alternative Reality Where The Nazis Won

A brilliant new series is coming to a tv near us soon, hopefully (it’s been commissioned and released by Amazon, so i’m not sure how we could watch it here in South Africa). The entire series is based on a novel written by Philip K. Dick, and is set in a dystopian alternate history where the Nazis beat the Allied forces in World War 2.

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The pilot debuted back in January, but it was only after the pilot aired that it was picked up for a full season, so the release date is November of this year. The very basics of the story are that the United States has been partitioned into three parts: The Japanese puppet state of the Pacific States of America, which comprises the former United States west of the Rocky Mountains; a German puppet state that comprises the eastern half of the former United States; and a neutral zone that acts as a buffer between the two areas, called the Rocky Mountain States.

Nat Geo Photo Contest Winners 2015

National Geographic received more than 17,000 entries, which were whittled down to 3 winners and 7 recognised on merit.

1)

The grand prize went to a photo titled “Whale Whisperers” – ‘This is an outstanding and unique place full of pelagic life so we need to accelerate the incorporation of this islands into Unesco as natural heritage site in order to increase the protection of the islands against the prevailing illegal fishing corporations and big-game fishing’

Photograph: Anuar Patjane

2)

This photo, titled Gravel Workmen, was taken by the second-place winner. “This gravel-crush working place remains full of dust and sand. Three gravel workmen are looking through the window glass at their working place. Chittagong, Bangladesh.”

Photograph: Faisal Azim

3)

Third place went to Camel Ardah. “Camel Ardah, as it called in Oman, is one of the traditional styles of camel racing between two camels controlled by expert men. The faster camel is the loser so they must be running at the same speed level in the same track. The main purpose of Ardah is to show the beauty and strength of the Arabian camels and the riders’ skills. Ardah is considered one of the most risky situations, since always the camels reactions are unpredictable and it may get wild and jump toward the audience.”

Photograph: Ahmed Al Toqi

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Nat Geo Merit Award Winners