Watch: Indonesian prisoners granted early release due to COVID-19 celebrate with TikTok video

Several prisoners in the Indonesian province of Gorontalo celebrated freedom by performing a TikTok dance to the tune of a Spongebob Squarepants theme song, as Indonesia moves to release some 30,000 convicts early to prevent a surge of coronavirus infections in its overcrowded prisons.

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Super-sperm: Indonesian child protection official says women can get pregnant from swimming in a pool with men

Super-sperm: Indonesian child protection official says women can get pregnant from swimming in a pool with men

Indonesians are calling for the resignation of an official who made quite a splash in the country by saying that women can get pregnant by swimming in a pool with men.

Go-Cop: Police officer disguised as motorcycle taxi driver puts motorcyclist in his place (Video)

Go-Cop: Police officer disguised as motorcycle taxi driver puts motorcyclist in his place (Video)

What’s Indonesian Twitter without some good, viral motorcycle taxi content every now and then? While many stories involving app-based ojol ⁠— as they’re locally known...

50 Shades of Nay: Indonesia looking to ban S&M with ‘family resilience’ bill

50 Shades of Nay: Indonesia looking to ban S&M with ‘family resilience’ bill

Ropes and whips may be banned from sexual activity in Indonesia if the House of Representatives (DPR) passes a bill designed to ensure domestic bliss in all households in the...

Indonesian man whacks neighbors with machete for farting in his face

Indonesian man whacks neighbors with machete for farting in his face

An Indonesian man is in police custody for attacking his neighbors, a married couple, with a machete for farting in his face, even though, according to him, they’re not that...

Police investigate newly-emerged ancient ‘kingdom’ in Central Java claiming to be saviors of the world

Police investigate newly-emerged ancient ‘kingdom’ in Central Java claiming to be saviors of the world

The emergence of a so-called “kingdom” in Central Java, which claims to have descended from the Majapahit Empire, created a controversy in Indonesia. Police say they are...

Indonesian man steals car parked at restaurant, leaves wife behind (Video)

Indonesian man steals car parked at restaurant, leaves wife behind (Video)

A man in the Central Java capital of Semarang allegedly stole a car while dining at a restaurant with his wife ⁠— only to leave her behind and abruptly ending their holiday by...

2 Indonesian women bathing on motorcycle fined for not wearing helmet (Video)

2 Indonesian women bathing on motorcycle fined for not wearing helmet (Video)

Two sisters’ soapy quest to achieve viral fame by bathing on a moving motorcycle worked as intended, with a fine for a couple of traffic infractions being the only trade-off.

Jakarta horror tour almost turned deadly as organizers failed to realize train track was operational

Jakarta horror tour almost turned deadly as organizers failed to realize train track was operational

A haunted walking tour named Jakarta Mystical Tour, held last Friday evening, almost claimed the lives of its 47 participants on the same site that saw 156 people killed in a...

That didn’t stick: IDR82 billion allocation for glue in Jakarta’s proposed budget removed following controversy

That didn’t stick: IDR82 billion allocation for glue in Jakarta’s proposed budget removed following controversy

Fresh off the controversy of proposing to pay foreign influencers IDR1 billion (US$356K) using taxpayers’ money, Jakarta’s proposed 2020 budget threw up yet another head...


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Coconuts Jakarta Weird

There are many aspects of Jakarta that make people go, “huh?” or include “SMH” (Shake My Head) in their tweets. Some may come in the form of supernatural stories - tales usually told to service an agenda, like an urban legend about a vengeful ghost who’s especially malicious towards people who engage in public displays of affection. Yep, that legend exists in Jakarta. But most of the weird things that occur in Indonesia’s capital are the result of plain ignorance or idiocy on the part of its citizens. At times, these weird incidents can indeed be humorous or even unintentionally wonderful, but sometimes they cause us to worry about the state of civilization here.

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