Weird

WATCH: Man ‘bathes’ in cash-filled bathtub, promises to donate money to needy for Ramadan

WATCH: Man ‘bathes’ in cash-filled bathtub, promises to donate money to needy for Ramadan

Ramadan blessing usually comes in the form of spiritual enlightenment for Muslims, but for this guy, it supposedly came in the form of so much cash that he could bathe in it.

Viral: Motorcyclist pretends to be possessed to avoid ticket, cops don’t buy it

Viral: Motorcyclist pretends to be possessed to avoid ticket, cops don’t buy it

Many Indonesians still believe in supernatural superstitions such as ghostly possessions, which has been used by certain unscrupulous individuals to get out of some sticky...

Indonesian man changes name from Kentut (literally ‘Fart’) to stop daughter from getting mocked

Indonesian man changes name from Kentut (literally ‘Fart’) to stop daughter from getting mocked

There have been many funny and/or unique Indonesian names that have gone viral in recent years. We didn’t think anyone would be able to top names like Tuhan (God) and Saiton...

Police in E. Java arrest man for allegedly tricking dozens into engaging in bizarre ink ritual for sexual gratification

Police in E. Java arrest man for allegedly tricking dozens into engaging in bizarre ink ritual for sexual gratification

We've seen a lot of weird stories from Indonesia, but this one is definitely up there.

WATCH: 2 elementary school boys, each standing on one pedal, ride a bike in Indonesia

WATCH: 2 elementary school boys, each standing on one pedal, ride a bike in Indonesia

While most kids their age would fight over who gets to ride the bike, these two young boys in Indonesia showed what it means to truly collaborate by reinventing tandem biking for...

‘Ghost Fleet’ fiasco: Prabowo defends sci-fi novel as ‘scenario writing’, author, politicians & netizens react

‘Ghost Fleet’ fiasco: Prabowo defends sci-fi novel as ‘scenario writing’, author, politicians & netizens react

"This is a real phenomenon, so if you do not want to believe me, you do not want to hear that, that’s okay. It’s my obligation as a citizen, I have to speak up when I see...

Yolk hoax: Jakarta officials try to lay fake egg rumors to rest after viral video

Yolk hoax: Jakarta officials try to lay fake egg rumors to rest after viral video

The yolks on them.

WATCH: Masked monkey on speeding motorcycle crashes into child, knocking him over

WATCH: Masked monkey on speeding motorcycle crashes into child, knocking him over

The bizarre entertainment known as topeng monyet (literally masked monkey, in reference to the disturbing doll head masks they are often forced to wear) was banned in the...

Indonesian suspects ATM skimming after IDR39.5 million disappears from account, turns out wife withdrew it

Indonesian suspects ATM skimming after IDR39.5 million disappears from account, turns out wife withdrew it

Money is often at the center of many marital miscommunications, after all.


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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.