Health and Fitness


Why we need an alternative to palm oil

Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. Indeed, it is estimated that almost half of all food and cosmetic products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil. But the cultivation of this widespread and versatile commodity continues to be a major driver of deforestation. Furthermore, its increased demand is leading some animals to near extinction. Food experts have long sought an alternative to palm oil, and a team of researchers based in Scotland may well have come up with the answer. Meanwhile, the controversy surrounding this cheap and efficient crop continues. But why does this particular oil have such a bad reputation, and what are the other solutions being looked at to make production more sustainable? Click through and find out why we need an alternative to palm oil.

36 fun and fuss-free slow cooker recipes

Whether you're after an easy dish to make for a big household, something to batch-cook or just a meal with minimum hands-on time, we've got a slow cooker recipe for you.

Why does Princess Sofia of Sweden always wear the same tiara?

Historical figures with some really strange habits

Let's be honest: most people have their fair share of peculiar habits. But then there are some that are truly so strange that people wouldn't ever expect them, especially when it involves certain famous figures in history. From explorers to dictators and composers to royalty, all of these people have at least one thing in common, and that's their very strange habit(s). In fact, they should even be famous for these! Intrigued? Then click on for the unexpected habits of famous historic figures.

The man who lives atop a pillar, and other hermits across history

Many historical figures have lived reclusive lives. In fact, some would isolate themselves for long periods of time, either to work or simply to withdraw from the world and recharge. Though this is not quite what this gallery is about. Here, we look back at individuals who chose to live like hermits, who isolated themselves from society and embraced solitude. Intrigued? Then browse through and learn some fascinating facts about the lives of some of history's most famous hermits.

Woman claims to speak with the dead, receive messages from beyond the grave

A 31-year-old woman from California claimed she could speak to the dead - and that they told her what the afterlife is like.

Having money problems left this man with barely any food: Watch to see what he eats

A man from Limpopo shared how he is struggling financially. He posted a TikTok video of himself eating pap with no seshebo and netizens pitied him.

The weirdest royals throughout history

There were some seriously bizarre people throughout the history of the world, and they include monarchs. It wasn't all beautiful princesses and charming princes—history shows us that some of them had a few eccentricities, while others were ruthless individuals. From making noblemen kiss their bed for poison, to forcing all men to shave off their beards, check out the gallery to discover some strange royals throughout history.

If you look good, you feel good: Grooming tips for men

From skincare to haircare, here are some grooming tips to help any guy elevate his style and boost his confidence.

Renée Zellweger: "I find that kind of man attractive"

Try these load shedding-friendly recipes from ‘Blackouts and Boerewors’

No power? No problem! Butter chicken curry and a decadent brownie dessert – on the braai.

Why people are attracted to you, according to your zodiac sign

When it comes to dating, it's difficult to know our strengths and weaknesses. What is it that makes us attractive to others, and how can we emphasize those qualities? Those who believe in astrology will tell you that your most attractive quality is determined by your star sign. Intrigued? Check out this gallery to find out what your zodiac sign says about why you're attractive.

WATCH: Homeless man surprised by good Samaritan’s generosity when he receives R3,000 for choosing ‘cup of coffee’ over bottle of beer

Good Samaritans do still exist. TikTok user surprises homeless man by giving him R3,000 after making the right choice.

Ranked: the GREATEST fast food items of all time

We've ranked the most legendary fast food items around the world, from divisive creations such as McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish to historic classics like White Castle's Original Slider.

Dagga-laced muffin panic at Soshanguve school, parents demand immediate action

The Department of Education in Gauteng is concerned after 90 pupils from Pulamadibogo Primary School were hospitalised after eating space cookies.

Toast to Negroni Week with these new and amazing cocktail recipes

This World Negroni Week, let us raise a toast to this popular classic drink.

Do women have an innate predisposition to multitasking?

Popular stereotypes claim that women are better multitaskers than males. While some scientific research has revealed that women are better at multitasking than men, other investigations have either found no sex differences or a male edge.

Tips on making your chicken a hot favourite on braai day and beyond

Whether you always choose lean chicken breasts, make a stir for super-flavourful thighs, or simply love a crispy-skinned whole bird, there is no denying that chicken makes a truly satisfying meal.

The phenomenon that is Kate Middleton

Catherine, now known as the Princess of Wales, has emerged as a global icon. Her earlier life as Kate Middleton underwent a massive transformation upon meeting her future husband, Prince William, who is set to become King, making her the future Queen Consort. Cherished by the public as Kate, she now balances roles as a wife, mother, and "Her Royal Highness." Take a look at the gallery to revisit key moments in the life of Catherine, Princess of Wales.

Top 10 traits that make a person unlikeable

When it comes to likeability, it might seem that some people are more blessed than others. You might have the sense that we naturally gravitate to certain people over others. While that may be true to some extent, there are also certain behaviors that likeable people never exhibit. Luckily, if you are guilty of one or more of these behaviors, there are plenty of things you can do to change that. Intrigued? Check out this gallery to find out which traits make people unlikeable, and how to avoid them.

The most unintentionally annoying movie characters ever

It's amazing how one bad character can tank a whole movie. Roles that are introduced to provide comic relief often end up being poorly written and irritating. Then there are the cool, hip ones that probably sound good in a writers' room made up of middle-aged men, but end up being unbearably lame on screen. The 'good guy' lead characters are sometimes just trying too hard to appeal to a wide audience, resulting in them repelling almost everyone. There are many reasons that make a movie character memorable. These ones are remembered for all the wrong reasons. Click through and see which characters fans couldn't stand.

Unbelievable! Woman's 9-year wait ends with the arrival of quadruplets: Must-see pictures inside

A woman has welcomed quadruplets after nine years of childlessness. Photos of the mother and the beautiful children have gone viral after they posted on Facebook.

REVEALED: The SECRETS about YOU hiding in an SA ID number

Have you ever wondered how your SA ID number is derived? There are in fact a couple of secrets about you hiding in plain sight.

Jojo Robinson pens a sweet tribute to hubby Calven on 9th year anniversary

Their relationship has been marked by love, happiness and the creation of beautiful memories.

Essential things to know about cats

Dangerous toys that could have killed you

Some pretty questionable decisions have been made over the years when it comes to the development of children's toys. Surely everyone has the children's best interests (and the bottom line) at heart, but some products clearly just weren't thought through. Whether it be literal spears that you throw through the air or a science kit complete with uranium, some of history's hit toys have turned out to be killer items. Thankfully, most of these have been recalled, and we can now look back on our past mistakes to ensure they aren't repeated. Intrigued? Read on to learn about some of the most dangerous toys to ever hit the shelves.

These 28 culinary conundrums have most people puzzled

Ever wondered why prawns turn pink when cooked? Read on for the answers to all those “I wonder why” questions about your favourite foods.

King Charles references late Queen in state visit toast spoken in French

'Your generosity reminds us that my family and I were very moved by the tributes paid in France to my mother.'

LOOK: The Durban Street Food Festival is back and promises to serve up a feast of flavours across cultures

The festival will feature more than 40 vendors serving up a variety of street food.

Ridiculous products you won't believe actually exist

From alcohol-free vodka and pickle-flavored toothpaste, to branding choices that seem like they were picked at complete random, check out these products that really shouldn't exist but, alas, do. Click through the gallery to get started.

Shoppers baffled by ‘floating strawberries’ that cost R49.99: ‘Is that water from the fountain of youth?’

A TikTok video showing ‘strawberries floating’ has gone viral, leaving Mzansi baffled.

Professional FAQs: What is the best way to eat cauliflower?

When people normally fry chicken, this woman was trolled for doing this to her meat

A woman who goes to Cape Peninsula University of Technology was laughed at when her TikTok video of her boiling chicken went viral. Netizens roasted her.

Gisele Bündchen spends $9.1 million on a ranch so her daughter can ride a horse

Gisele Bündchen has bought a farm so her daughter can practice horseriding in private away from the paparazzi.

Here's why your teen overshares online, and why that could be good

For parents, sharing personal details about intimate facets of one's life can seem like a risky choice because it potentially exposes their child to an array of social consequences.

How a Pretoria woman's new mini home at age 22 is an inspiration to all

A 22-year-old Pretoria woman has shared photos on Facebook over her stunning new decor. People have praised her for doing an amazing job at such a young age.

Surprisingly frugal habits of the British royal family

Not all royals are big spenders. In fact, many members of the British royal family are actually quite frugal. And we're not just talking about cutting down on banquet expenses either. We mean regular things many of us try to save money on, such as energy bills and furniture. In this gallery, you'll find out how thrifty some members of the royal family really are. Click on for more.

Celebrity quotes on marriage that will leave you in stitches!

We all understand that marriage can be quite a struggle. It's challenging to expect one person to predict and meet all your needs. Our expectations for marriage are often quite high, but the reality can be tough. Nevertheless, when it does succeed, it can be incredibly rewarding. The key is to find ways to navigate the difficult times in a relationship and wait for the next high point. With effort, patience, and love, relationships can usually be repaired. Doing it alone is tough, but the good news is that you're not on your own. Many famous people have gone through, and are still going through, the trials of marriage and have some valuable advice to offer. Even if you don't need assistance, they're sure to provide a good laugh! Click ahead to see how these celebrities handle their marriages.

This is the best movie in history! And you have probably never even seen it...

20 ‘It Girls’ throughout the decades

What is an “It Girl” exactly? We’ve heard the term throughout the last several decades and we know who they are, but what qualifies someone to hold the mantle? While technically, what it means to be an It Girl is subjective, there are a few qualities they all seem to collectively possess. The quintessential It Girl always has a unique brand of beauty and style that’s all their own. They tend to transcend time and remain relevant even after their moment in the spotlight has come to an end. Every It Girl we’ve seen since the term was coined has offered something special, something the world has never seen before. Maybe it’ll always be a quality we can’t quite pinpoint. Whatever it is, these 20 spectacular women over the last 10 decades have earned the prestigious title and continue to be admired and talked about.

The best dance songs of all time

If you think of a good dance song, it probably got you moving in all kinds of places, from your kitchen to the clubs. And while you can dance to literally anything, there are some songs that are true dance classics. From timeless disco tunes to modern electric pop, these hits got everyone moving in an explosion of joyful, fevered dancing If you want to create the ultimate party playlist, be sure to include the bangers in the following gallery. Going back nearly 50 years and also including hits of today, you're guaranteed to get everyone in the mood. Just press play and dance the night away!

Men swimming with fully grown tiger break out in panic, hilarious TikTok video goes viral: “Snack time”

A group of men decided to swim with a fully grown tiger until the kitty started making moves, and they broke out in panic. Funny video has gone viral.

The origins and meanings of some of the world’s most famous symbols

Since the beginning of human civilization, symbols have played a vital role. These cultures used symbols as a way to express themselves in various ways. The prehistoric man carved his life experiences on cave walls, not expecting we'd still be talking about them today. Indeed, to this day, we still use many of the symbols inherited from the past. Be it in religion, political ideology, or art, we still come across many of these symbols in our day to day, often without knowing their true meanings and origins. To learn more about the world's most common symbols, check out the following gallery.

What hairdressers want you to know

So you're finally at the salon, ready to get your hair done, when the hairdresser asks, "What would you like today?" It's a big question, and it can feel a bit daunting as your hair strands are being inspected. But going to the salon shouldn't be a stressful experience! So, why do people feel so confused? Understanding what your hairdresser is thinking might actually help both you and them. Want to know more? Then check out this gallery to discover the things hairdressers wish more clients knew.

Foods you can keep for months (or even years) in your pantry

Smartphone apps that will simplify your life

For many, our smartphones have become a daily dependency! Most people can't go a day without browsing the net or checking the latest updates on social media. And don't get us started on apps! Well, actually, with there being so many smartphone apps available these days, we've created this gallery to show you which apps we think will make your life easier. Curious? Then click on!

Scorpio: Your daily horoscope - September 21

Scorpio: here are your free predictions for the day September 21

Lucky Numbers and Horoscopes for Thursday 21 September 2023

Check the stars and see what the day has installed for you with the lucky numbers and horoscopes for today.

Mzansi woman's chocolate cravings fulfilled by Bae in epic TikTok video surprise

A woman from Mzansi shared a TikTok video of getting surprised with a sweet choclate treat after she told her partner she has been craving choclate for days.

Weird things we all did as kids but never talk about

The mind of a child works in wonderful and mysterious ways. Their imaginations run freely, untethered by the bounds of logic or fact. A simple cardboard box can become a fantasy world in another dimension, and a bottle of Coke can become a glass of Pinot. While habits vary greatly between different countries and cultures, there are certain experiences that most of us can relate to. Children are children wherever they are, and as such, they seem to be drawn to the same things. That means that you, your cousin, and that kid in class who used to eat erasers, all had many of the same weird, awkward experiences. Click through the gallery for a nostalgic and perhaps cringe-inducing look back at the bizarre things we all did as kids but haven't talked about since!