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What is 'Om Telolet Om' and why are DJs sharing it?


The internet is a strange place and the latest thing to catch fire amongst DJs is the phrase 'Om Telolet Om', but what does it mean and why is everyone tweeting it?

This article originally appeared on BBC World

Since Tuesday afternoon social media users worldwide have been sharing the mysterious phrase 'Om Telolet Om'.

The phrase has been used close to 790,000 times on Twitter in that period.

It's proven particularly popular with DJs, inspiring tweets, mash-ups, videos and confusion. But what is it and why has it been taking the dance music world by storm

Surprisingly, the answer lies in the bus horns of Indonesia.

Young people in Indonesia, amused by the local buses' customised horns, have been waiting by the side of the road for vehicles to pass, encouraging bus drivers to toot their horn when they did so. Videos depicting this craze have gone viral in Indonesia.


Read the full story by Chris Bell at BBC

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