Our top WTF moments for 2016

This year was an interesting one. As any year goes, there are ups and downs and some people have great years, while others can't wait for the clock to strike 12 on 31 December.

We had a look at some of the top moments that stood out this year and put them together for one last - W - T - F for 2016!

#RacismMustFall: Penny Sparrow Sorrow

The year kicked off with #PennySparrow and her sickening comments is something we'd all much rather forget - however we cannot deny it set in motion some landmark rulings around hate speech and how we should all be mindful to add a filter to our social media postings. A good reminder how not to start 2017, after all stupidity is its own reward!

Ring in the New year with this Ultimate guide to SA's spectacular beaches 

And when #ZumaMustFall went next level

There was that time when somebody decided it would be a good idea to show all and sundry exactly how they feel about President Zuma with this side on the large advertising space on the side of an apartment block at the top of Long Street, in central Cape Town. Although the makers of the controversial billboard was initially thought to the Democratic Alliance, they denied it at the time and the billboard was eventually removed. Radio presenter and media entertainment agency owner Ian Bredenkamp tweeted at the time that whoever put the billboard up was "someone with big balls and deep pockets".


SEE: PICS: 10 Most hilarious billboards #Eish

Plett Rage: The internet never forgets! 

This December the class of 2016 not only let their hair down but they let it all hang out as one of the biggest end-of-year parties got underway.

Up until now, parents have turned somewhat of a blind eye to the Plett Rage happenings. Out of sight, out of mind, right? But with social media being the best spy-cam one can hope for, a Plett Rage revelation of sorts can be seen around this year's event.

While the young adults prefer SnapChat to document their rather scandalous holidays, other footage have also been shared to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - leaving behind a more distinctive trace of what's actually going on at Plett and the #DestinationFreedom festival grounds - Click here to see the footage.

ALSO SEE: Dear Matrics of 2016...


Oh Bummer! World's largest plane comes down in a crash

We're all for innovation but even more so when it has such funny aspects to it. The Airlander 10, also known as the world’s largest aircraft, or the Bummer because it just so happens to look like a flying bum -  took the aviation world by storm after launching in 2016. However whatch when this happened during its second test flight...

With that said, we cannot miss the opportunity to share one Darrel Bristow-Bovey's must-read Traveller24 column's of the year - When Travelling first class

ALSO SEE: Best and Worst of aviation for 2016

Kuwait to DNA test and tag all tourists

We kid you not. As of April this year, all visitors and tourists to Kuwait have to submit to a DNA test and be DNA tagged before they’re allowed to enter the Persian Gulf state... 

 PIC: Botched repair of the Great Wall of China is ugly AF!

This gave made in China new meaning. But seriously, WTF. In August of this year Chinese officials were pilloried over the smoothing-over of the crumbling and much-loved 700-year-old section of the Great Wall of China — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — in the name of restoration.

The widely mocked project involved an 8-kilometer (5-mile) unrestored Xiaohekou section of the wall that has become known as the "most beautiful wild Great Wall." Not anymore after this though. Read the full story here

OMG! Pooch Saves Unsuspecting Owner From Deadly Brown Snake

There have been some harrowing wildlife encounters, we'll give 2016 that! But this one stands out for us for the sheer bravery of man's best friend. A quiet afternoon on the porch turned nasty in an instant for this Australian Gold Coast resident, who has his loyal dog to thank for still being alive to share this tale.

SEE: The Top 10 craziest Bush and Wildlife stories of the year



ALSO SEE: What to know about snakes in SA this dry, summer holiday


WTF!? Online booking site suggests 47-year layover but there's more...

There have undoubtedly been number of cringe worthy social media moments - Like that time British Airways Facebook stalked Virgin Atlantic with hilarious re-post reactions - see it here!

Admittedly social media can horribly damage reputations, like that one time FlySafair got a bit snippy during its ridiculously low sale that has everybody champing at the bit to get in on it. 

But having the right people running your account can make all the difference, as was the case with Skyscanner. When user James Lloyd noticed the site had suggested he take a 413,786-hour, 25-minute layover on his intended trip from New Zealand to London, he shot off a request to the site's Facebook page asking, “Just wondering what you’d recommend I do during the 47-year layover your website has suggested?”

The ensuing exchange is a prime example of how to make your customers take notice and even roping in a few new ones as the comments suggest. Click here to see Jen from Skyscanner's full response!

The middle-seat passenger you don't want to meet

Getting stuck in the middle seat is never fun. You're most likely going to make contact with one of the passengers to your left or your right - and more often than not they tend to think they have the right to either armrest. This makes for an uncomfortable experience at the best of times. 

Well this one passenger had had enough and his reaction as well as the subsequent fellow-passenger's reaction in this footage of the armrest being reclaimed is just priceless. Take a look at the rather hilarious results.

And FINALLY! Because #KeDezembaBoss 

Cape Town - December has arrived in South Africa, and excited Saffas are already getting in the holiday spirit with the hilarious #KeDezembaBoss hashtag that is currently circulating on social media. 

Yes, we will be broke ass in the next couple of days (if you aren't already...). Yes, some relationships will crumble... and yes, roads will be the busiest they've been all year. 

But, hey. It's #KeDezembaBoss and everything will be just fine come January 2017. Or will it? 

If you DON'T want to be broke this holiday season, why not sign-up for Traveller24's #FindYourEscape newsletter to stand the chance to win a R5000 travel voucher?!

See all the funny #KeDezembaBoss tweets here

What to read next on Traveller24:

Cape Town festivals and events to welcome summer!

- The Top 10 craziest Bush and Wildlife stories of the year

- PICS: Historic vintage biplane rally across Africa arrives in SA

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