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WowShack Almanac 2017 – The Best Stories Of The Year


WowShack Almanac 2017 – The Best Stories Of The Year

Whatever people say about 2017, it’s been a great year to be doing Entertainment News.

The WowShack team has been delving into stories ranging from Indonesian Magicians taking American TV by storm to 20,000-year-old pyramids. From our problems with plastic to the mysteries of why Indonesian’s type “wkwkwkwk” instead of “hahaha” in messages. With so much to digest, we wanted to bring you the best stories from the year in a special Almanac edition.

So here are our 17 favourite articles from 2017…

1) Jakarta Taxi Driver Kindly Asks Passengers To Help Him Learn English

This adorable man just wants to learn in his very own taxi school…

2) Indonesian Magician Demian Aditya Shocks Audience On America’s Got Talent

Demian took the internet by storm with his magical performance on America’s Got Talent, clocking up over 23 million views on Youtube.

3) The Incredible History Of Java’s Map From 10,000 BC To 2017 In 6 Mins

Java’s (known) history has been constantly evolving, making it one of the world’s great civilizations.

4) Jamie Oliver Cooks Gado-Gado, Does He Do The Dish Justice?

One of the world’s most famous Chefs takes on Indonesia’s favourite veggie dish. WARNING: the peanut sauce will make you want to jump through your computer screen and feast.

5) 18 Outrageous Indonesian Names Legally Proven By ID Cards

Some kids never stood a chance…


6) Rendang And Nasi Goreng Are Voted The World’s Best Foods… Again!

What a lethal combo.

7) 17 Revolutionary Findings From Indonesia’s 20,000-Year-Old Pyramid Could Rewrite History

Civilization could be much older than we think… and Java could be the oldest.

Graham Hancock

8) How Much Do Bali Tourists Know About Indonesia?

The WowShack team wanted to find out exactly how much the people who visit Bali knew about the country they were visiting…

9) American Woman Preaches To Balinese Hindus to “Praise Jesus”

When we unearthed this gem of religious prejudice, many people took offence and even contacted the woman directly. Her response to the renewed attention is also priceless.

10) Gunung Kemukus: Indonesia’s Sex Mountain

It’s an unlikely story for the biggest Muslim population in the world, but Mount Kemukus is hailed around the country as “Sex Mountain”, where adultery, a scandalous sex industry and strange rituals take place.

11) Why The Warung Is A Special Part of Indonesian Society

Where ideas, love, laughter and most importantly, food are shared across Indonesia in the most humble of settings.

Painting by Josias Kornelis Rapard (1882-1889), Source: Tropenmuseum, part of the National Museum of World Cultures

12) Countries With A Smaller Population Than Java – Infographic

With a population of over 140 million, Java is the world’s most populated island. But how does it fair against other countries?

13) Video of Indonesian Traffic Goes Viral

Jakarta’s roads can be infuriating. But this video of logic-less manoeuvres will have you hypnotised…

14) 10 Reasons Why Indonesia’s Susi Pudjiastuti Is On The BBC 100 Women List

One of the greatest living women is also one of Indonesia’s unstoppable forces.

15) Why Indonesians Use ‘wkwkwk’ Instead Of ‘hahaha’ – 3 Plausible Theories

We dived into the puzzling Indonesian meme of how we laugh with our fingertips.

16) Can We Make Indonesian Roads Out Of Recycled Plastic?

Indonesia produces enough plastic to make 190,000km of roads in this innovative form of waste management.


17) Indonesian Logo Quiz – How Well Do You Know Your Brands?

15 questions to determine your knowledge of the brands you see everywhere in Indonesia.

18) Anti-LGBT Petition Rejected By Indonesian Court

Indonesia’s gay community catches a break as the country’s progressives understand their fight isn’t over.

Bring on 2018.

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