Punks Detained & Shaved By Police

Police in Indonesia’s most conservative province have stripped away body piercings and shaved off mohicans from 65 youths detained at a punk-rock concert because of their perceived threat to Islamic values. The teens and young men were also stripped of dog-collar necklaces and chains and then thrown in pools of water for “spiritual” cleansing, the local police chief, Iskandar Hasan, said on Wednesday. After replacing their “disgusting” clothes, he handed each a toothbrush and barked: “Use it.” It was the latest effort by authorities to promote strict moral values in Aceh, the only province in this secular but predominantly Muslim nation of 240 million people to have imposed Islamic laws. Here, adultery is punishable by stoning to death, gay people have been thrown in jail or lashed in public with rattan canes, and women must wear headscarves. Punk rockers have complained for months about harassment, but Saturday’s roundup at a concert attended by more than 100 people was by far the most dramatic.” w/ photo

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Huge Edible Christmas Hut?

A hotel in China has spread festive cheer to its guests by constructing a Christmas hut in the lobby – made entirely out of gingerbread. The hut, at the five-star Four Points hotel in the eastern province of Lianyungang, features a host edible festive decorations including stockings, reindeer and Santa Claus figures. Hotel staff estimated that the structure cost $3,922 to create, using 551 pounds of flour, 300 bottles of honey, 110 pounds of sugar and a large amount of cream and chocolate. A spokesperson commented: ‘It took more than 30 staff 20 days.” w/ photos

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Forwards Motion In A Backwards World

“It was tricky to make this video, but it was a lot of fun! You see, what we did was skate backwards throughout the video and then when I edited it, I played the clips backwards so it looks like we’re going forwards and everything else is going backwards.” — Geneva

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Penguin Fetches Newspaper

“And so begins the penguin mission to render dogs useless. With dogs out of the way, they can make their ways into our homes and hearts to be tickled and fed as much as they want. Dogs have a sweet deal, and they want it.” — Rallikt

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