#5Things: Corrupt KZN, Sir David Attenborough on IG, sacred off Google Maps, and more

#5Things: Corrupt KZN, Sir David Attenborough on IG, sacred spot off Google Maps, and more

It's FriYAY! And we want you to start your day with these five things.


1. Giant, 60-foot-tall robot shows off its moves in Japan

A giant robot based on a character from a classic anime series has undergone testing in the Japanese city of Yokohama. The robot, which has been in the works since 2014, stands nearly 20 metres high and weighs 24 tons, with more than 200 pieces made from a mixture of steel and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic. From opening ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, planting mind control chips in pigs, to building giant robots - Welcome to 2020!

2. KZN ranked second when it comes to corruption

According to Corruption Watch’s 2020 Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT), a report released this week shows that KwaZulu-Natal was the second most corrupt province during the first half of 2020. Gauteng takes the number one spot with 13% of corruption reports. The report suggests that the majority of the corruption in KZN, at 5.8 %, came from the eThekwini Municipality. Darren Maule for mayor! 

READ: Zandile Gumede back in court for corruption case

3. Parrot interrupts football training

Earlier this week we gave you five incidents where animals hilariously interrupted sports games. Well, another funny incident took place this week; this time in Brazil during the women's national football team's training session. A video of the moment went viral after a parrot landed on one of the players' heads!

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4. Sir David Attenborough joins Instagram

In a move we never saw coming, Sir David Attenborough - not the one from KZN -  has done what most nonagenarians wouldn't dream of — he's joined Instagram. Unsurprisingly, the account has already proven to be popular as it amassed a whopping 180,000 followers in less than an hour. In the first video he posted, Attenborough urged fans to become more active in helping to save the planet.

5. Why Google Maps had to delete images of Uluru

Australia has asked Google Maps to remove pictures taken from the top of Uluru, the sacred Aboriginal monolith that visitors were banned from climbing last year. Uluru's traditional owners are unhappy about the pictures, stating that masses only go to the sacred spot to take selfies and then spread rubbish and pollute waterholes.

READ: WATCH: Robots deployed to stock shelves in Toyko stores


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