All posts by Athol Courtenay

Writer, programmer, photographer and ponderer of sorts. Keeping IT interesting with a dry cool wit, this is tech but not as you know it. Technology, Science, Space, Humor, Computers, Consumer Electronics and more.

The Hot Hatch Wars Heat Up, the 2015 Honda Civic Type R Draws Near…

When it comes to affordable high performance cars a hot hatch is the car of choice, the only decision really is which make. Renault, VW and Ford have built a reputation for high performance compact cars but there is only one that’s rated R, the Honda Civic Type R.

With a loyal fan base and a unique mix of performance and reliability the Type R is back baby and this time it’s going to demolish the Germans, Italians and French. Eating euro trash for breakfast, wait that doesn’t sound right, the Type R is set to battle it out for the front wheel drive track record at Germany’s Nurburgring test track.

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SoloShot 2, the Robotic Action Cameraman…

In this selfie obsessed era capturing action shots while alone is still an endlessly difficult task; setup the shot, run out and perform the scene, run back to the camera adjust the shot etc. It really is a lot of work being a solo action star. In recent years SoloShot have been working to make this process as simple as strapping on an arm band.

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How to Talk Australians – Episode 5: ‘NICKNAMES – HELLO CHOPPER’

The Delhi College of Linguistics presents “Episode 5” of their hilarious study into the Australian vernacular or How to Talk Australians. The very special guest host for this episode of the educational series is  Chopper’ the talking Cockatoo who appears to be an expert in the Aussie vernacular.

Join the staff and students as Chopper takes over the class with his colorful language, educating and enlightening all before him. Like a white feathery Aussie cursing machine Chopper introduces the class to many of Australia’s most famous phrases, demonstrating a turn of phrase that has contributed to making our great country what it is.

For you viewing pleasure is the politically incorrect comedy that puts Australia on the map, somewhere in Mumbai. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the funniest episode so far, lucky number five: Nicknames.

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Cat Sliding, Fun for the Whole Family…

The incredibly funny pastime of cat sliding is capturing the internet’s attention again thanks to one hilarious little video called ‘Cat Sliding’. A video that features one happy sliding Bengal cat named Rigby. There were no cats hurt in the making of this video, in fact Rigby loves sliding away the hours, it is his favourite game.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the cat sliding video that’s more fun than any one cat can handle. Also included is the original Cat Curling video, still one of the funniest cat sliding videos of all time. So sit back, relax and prepare to laugh at the latest hilarious ability of our feline friends.

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The Fastest Fingers in the West, Dueling Banjos with Glen Campbell and Carl Jackson…

Popularized by the film Deliverance Dueling Banjos is one of those tracks that marks a point in time for many people. Originally released in 1973 the film quickly became famous for a number of memorable scenes, dueling banjos being one, squealing like a pig being another. If you haven’t sat down done Deliverance your cinematic life isn’t really complete.

The original “Dueling Banjos” was an instrumental composition by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. Written in 1955 by Smith as a banjo instrumental he called “Feudin’ Banjos” that contained riffs from “Yankee Doodle”. Smith recorded it playing a four-string plectrum banjo and accompanied by five-string bluegrass banjo player Don Reno. The version by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell went to #2 for four weeks on the Hot 100 in 1973 and topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks the same year. The song was actually used in Deliverance without Smiths permission which led to a lawsuit in 1973.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the original, the film and a live versions of dueling banjos. The live and film versions played by the original maestros of musical mayhem, Glen Campbell and Carl Jackson. Three versions of one of the greatest guitar and banjo tunes ever committed to tape, as was the tradition at the time. Sit back, relax and let that neck red up till it itches.

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The Beastie Boys ‘So What’cha Want’ as Performed by the Muppets, Absolutely Freaking Hilarious…

The Beastie Boys were the voice for a large portion of 90’s teenagers, rocking it out and cranking it up they really touched a nerve for many. Now the classic track ‘So What’cha Want’ has had a music video remake with the Muppets stepping in to perform the track.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is ‘So What’cha Want’ as performed by Muppets. Join the Swedish Chef, Animal and Beeker in this rendition of a classic as they go hard core, just because that’s how they roll. YouTube is going to have to work hard to top this one. Sit back, relax and prepare to grin from ear to ear.

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Epic Roof Jump, GoPro Insanity…

Treating the entire world as an urban gymnasium professional stunt man Ethan Swanson has ventured out for another workout. After attaching a GoPro to himself Ethan takes us through his new favourite workout routine that combines a four story high building, an angled house rooftop and a spiral staircase. To see how all of this turns into a workout you’ll have to watch the video.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the latest workout that you should not try at home, in fact here at Highpants we highly recommend avoiding anything with the word work or out in it. Sit back, relax and prepare to see the lengths people will go to to fill their GoPro.

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Helicopter Sucked into Tornado…

Getting too close to one of Mother Nature’s most powerful forces is always dangerous, especially if you have no ground to hang on to. This shocking power is on display for all to see in the video Helicopter Sucked into Tornado.

Presented for you viewing pleasure is the video that answered the question how close is too close when it comes to tornadoes? Sit back, relax and remember to buckle up, this is going to be a wild ride.

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101 Ways to Twerk versus Team Twerk at DHQ Fraules…

The pinnacle of shaking your booty, the Twerk, is taking over dance floors. Once only ever seen in the darkened light of a strip club the twerk has now gone mainstream. Milley turned heads twerking too hard while J-Lo dropped draws with a twerk of epic proportions.

Tonight we pit two videos against each other, two opponents that approach the twerk from two completely different angles. Russian dance studio DHQ Fraules brings raw sex appeal with its group twerking video, possibly the hottest twerk in history. ‘101 Ways to Twerk’ on the other hand is the funniest twerking video in history, still hot but crazy funny hot.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the two greatest twerking videos of all time, they will make you laugh, they will make you stare but most of all the will get pulses racing around the world. Site back, relax and hit that play button (>), its time to twerk.

101 Ways to Twerk

101 Ways to Twerk, the Banana Twist
101 Ways to Twerk, the Banana Twist

While twerking may be taking over the world one dance floor at a time it is now evolving, we have much to learn.

To this end 101 Ways to Twerk is not only educational but it also happens to be the funniest twerking video ever made. Managing to pull of the rare double of being hot while making us laugh, two parts of the brain that rarely play nice.

This hilarious take on the subtleties of the technique is presented by YouTube starlet Christina Jacquelyn Calph through her Bad Girls Ball channel. Dancer, model and all round entertainer Cristina got the balance just right with 101 Ways, funny sexy smart is no easy feat.

Even the unexpected appearance of Christiana’s twerk stalker can’t throw off their twerk, it only makes the video funnier. Seen in the background throughout the video the power of the twerk eventually forces the stalker to join the dance.

Booty / Twerk by DHQ Fraules

DHQ Fraules Team Twerk
DHQ Fraules Team Twerk

Russian Dance studio DHQ Fraules presents twerking at its sexiest,presenting FraulesGirls team twerking to the beats of FM$ (Freak My Shit) by New Boyz.

The girls from DHQ Fraules push the twerk sex appeal past normal human limits, producing a toe tapping hypnotic video that shows the world the raw power of the twerk. Elena Yatkina is the Russian blonde bombshell behind the DHQ girls, her dance studio is quickly making a name for itself as unashamedly off the charts hot.

It is often said that with great power comes great responsibility, let’s hope the girls of DHQ fully comprehend the power of their twerking abilities.


After much consideration, videos have been watched and re-watched, techniques examined and slow motion engaged, we must decide upon a winner for this battle. According to the view numbers DHQ’s Booty Twerk video should be announced the winner of this twerk off. Instead after much discussion the Highpants winner has been awarded to 101 Ways to Twerk. This controversial decision has caused much friction around the office but we feel it is justified on the grounds that the boss is always right. While DHQ was hotter and had the numbers 101 Ways had so much more, it was educational, funny and still a little hot. Taking us to new and strange places while educating, win win.

Hopefully this journey of discovery has now instilled an understanding of what it is to Twerk. The funny side of the booty shake along with the raw energy and appeal of this rump riding dance technique. Twerk on people.

Buddha’s Brother out…

DHQ Fraules other work.

Twerking with the Stalker