Earlier this month, I made the delightful/distressing discovery that April Fool’s Day is indeed celebrated in Indonesia. Here it is known as April Mop.
Ever since I was young, I have enjoyed the occasional April Fool’s Day prank. The first prank I remember playing was taking all of the tissue/toilet paper/magazines/paper towels/newspapers/paper products and hiding them, after which all I had to do was wait for someone to need to use the toilet. And there was the time I replaced my dad’s Danish cookies with “gifts” left by various animals at the neighborhood pond (which he didn’t see until several days later… sorry dad!). Or my personal favorite: the time I lived in Thailand and told everyone that I got a giant tattoo on my chest, which my parents believed until I came home over a month later.
For April Fool’s Day 2016, I had no pranks planned. Awhile back I did take a photo of a police car parked in my driveway with the intention of using it in a prank — something along the lines of being visited by the police for whatever reason I came up with — but I forgot about it until Manggo asked about it several days later after April 1st.
But this doesn’t mean my April Fool’s Day was uneventful. Quite the opposite: I had an incredibly stressful ten minutes when I was convinced that my house had exploded. It sounds like a far-fetched prank, but I believed it 100% because I’ve heard of gas tanks exploding and assumed that is what happened. This prank came courtesy of my friend, student, and son of my counterpart Bu Asro: Gilang. Check out the screenshots below for a blow-by-blow as this drama unfolded.
So happy April mop everyone! Thanks to Gilang for making this an April Fool’s Day to remember.