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Fireside Chats: The Ghosts of Indonesia and the Plague Doctor of Norfolk

Keeping people at home during this time of quarantine hasn’t been a problem only for the US, it seems. Sure, the problem here has been more visible, where we’ve had big fat greasy Jethros carrying assault rifles (“See, I do so have a penis!”) storming state capitals to protest their rights to infect other people with their germs violated. But people have been violating quarantine in Indonesia, too. Whereas authorities here in the States chose to handle things in a candyass fashion, not arresting a single idiotic redneck, those in Indonesia got creative. Knowing that folks there are afraid of restless ghosts called “Pocong”, they started having people dress up like Pocong to scare those out after dark. Initially the plan backfired, as people would go out just to see the Pocong. (Lots of Indonesians are like me, apparently.) After a while, though, people got the message: if you don’t want to end up as a Pocong, stay your ass at home.

The 1600s Plague Doctor roaming the streets of Norfolk, England isn’t working with the police. He is scaring people, though, so much so that some of them have called the police to complain. Someone in Norfolk has my sense of humor, then. Just reading about it makes me smile. From the linked article: “It’s clearly for attention or something like that, because normal people just wouldn’t do that.” Heh heh heh…

TheCheezman • May 20, 2020


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