Because people will do anything for money, one Henry Mulyana has opened a Nazi-themed cafe in the Indonesian city of Bandung. An entire wall is decorated with swastikas and Hitler memorabilia, and the staff are asked to wear SS uniforms (Yep, those pictures at the top are the inspiration and the modern cafe, waitstaff out front in the latter). Which means someone thought it was a good idea to open this place, other people actually took jobs in which they dress like Nazis on a daily basis, and enough people frequent such an establishment as to keep it open for two years and counting. And here I was getting all optimistic and idealistic about the human race.
In a scene straight out of a horror movie, a mob of wild monkeys emerged from a forest in Indonesia and rampaged through a nearby village, leaving seven villagers injured, including one 16-year-old boy in critical condition after being badly bitten. Details on exactly what kind of monkeys made up the mob or what could have motivated them to attack are scarce, and it's not known yet if the primates are hyper-intelligent test subjects recently escaped from a shadowy government lab -- or just a bunch of jerks.Read More
Aan, an orangutan found in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan, is stepping back from death's door and recovering nicely after being found shot more than 100 times with an air rifle. Aan was found earlier this month with 37 pellet wounds to the head and another 67 in the body including pellets lodged in the heart and lung. While the wounds have taken Aan's left eye, the orangutan, who is being cared for in a Borneo rehabilitation center, is now expected to survive.
Soccer (or football, if you prefer) a global pastime. It only makes sense that, over time, different parts of the world come up with different variations on the game, whether in the form of a new set of rules or maybe -- why the hell are those kids kicking a flaming coconut?!
For the past decade or so, Tori the orangutan has impressed visitors at the Satwa Taru Jurug zoo in Indonesia with her smoking habit. The 15-year old great ape apparently picked up the habit from imitating zoo patrons and picking up their discarded cigarette butts. Now, the zoo is intervening and plans to cut Tori off, cold turkey.
According to a recent report from Internet security firm Kaspersky, India is currently the number one country in the world when it comes to generating spam email. According to Kasperksy, in the third quarter of last year, spam accounted for about 79.8% of email traffic, and the top three countries responsible for generating it were India at 14.8%, Indonesia at 10.6%, and Brazil at 9.7%. This is a little bit up from a reported low point this summer, and India might be to blame.
Eddi Prabandono, an Indonesian artist, has created a giant clay sculpture of the head of his 5-year-old daughter, Luz. Just the head. Prabandono is working on a series of artwork inspired by his daughter that he says is meant to signify how children will have to face the weight of a troublesome future. The sculpture was created for the 2011 Jog Art, which is an exhibition featuring 241 different pieces by more than 150 artists.
Prabandono's giant clay head is becoming a bit of a tourist attraction, because it is located in a hole in the ground in the middle of Taman Budaya Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The head is 4 meters by 4 meters and is made of 25 tons of clay. The sculpture took the help of 15 workers to create, in addition to heavy machinery to dig the giant hole that the head sits in. While Prabanodo's work is certainly striking and well intentioned, the idea of a giant disembodied child's head sitting in a hole in the ground seems more than a little disturbing. More pictures after the jump.