This link was passed to me from a friend who studied and worked here in Korea.

Glad to know we weren't the only ones who think of this place as another planet! 

Every Korean ajǒshi is "secret agent man."



More here: 

Even more here (but without the English translations, but the pictures are still funny. It's small, but when you click on it, it gets bigger): 

I'm kinda amused they included "How to Comfort a Woman" in a book on personal safety.

Now to the most important part of this entry: Where can I buy this book?!

hahahaha DPRK girl group

I must say, despite their very nice uniforms, South Korean pop groups are much more appealing

Awww, but no love for men!

Healthy pizza to keep you looking anorexically thin. 

6 Reasons North Korea is the Funniest Evil Dictatorship Ever
One of North Korea's hobbies is kidnapping South Koreans. Another hobby is not letting people leave North Korea. We think now might be a good time to get North Korea into knitting.


North Korea is like that sticky kid who won't stop touching South Korea in pre-school, so the landmines are pretty much the only thing standing between South Korea and South Korea not being much fun anymore.

So, pretend that you're North Korea: an aggressive state with a million landmine restraining order against you, but you really, really want to get back with South Korea. You've already ruled out the comically large slingshot. So you decide to tunnel underneath the DMZ.

But then you get caught. Plus, they find a banner in the tunnel that says "Down with American Imperialists," so you can't blame it on crab people.

Do you:
A) Deny everything, or
B) Own up to it, laugh in an unsettling way and say that the next time, you're coming back with your spider cannon?

If you picked either of the above, it's probably because your brain doesn't suffer from horrible malnutrition. But you're North Korea, so the answer is:

C) Claim that the tunnel was a coal mine. A coal mine that happened to have a banner in it. 

Bonus! The link includes some clips from a North Korean Godzilla movie.

Considering North Korea is still *Korea* this seemed appropriate.  

Since thinking about the situation with North Korea with make your head explode, it's either that, or laugh at them.  Korea on a whole is pretty strange, but when it's rule by a short, megalomanic with a short temper? Oh boy.

What they need are more 꽃미남 in their country.  That brightens everyones' day!

Bomun Station - Seoul Best Toliet

I'm so proud of my station. 

Even funnier, the bathrooms aren't all that special.  They are just normal bathrooms.  They've always had soap and tp when I've been there, but nothing fancy.  The wall leading into the mens' room and the womens' room has flowers painted on it - maybe that's why it's one of Seoul's Best Bathrooms?  I hope it's not because they always have tp and soap, since that should be standard (at least, you HOPE it is, but at the same time, know it isn't). 

Kickin' It In Geumchon

(no subject)
The Government of the Republic of Korea does not recognize dual citizenship.  Men must choose a single nationality by March 31 of the year they turn 18 years old, and women by the age of 21.  If men do not select a nationality by that date, the Korean government will consider them to have chosen Korean nationality, and they will be obligated to serve duty in the Korean military.  Conversely, women who do not choose a nationality by age 21 will be considered to have lost their Korean nationality.

Um....I get why the men don't lose their citizenship, given the mandatory military enlistement.  Gotta get the soldier body count high.  But for women?  I don't get it.  Explaination, plz. 

Korean dish 'may cure bird flu'
South Korea's spicy fermented cabbage dish, kimchi, could help to cure bird flu, according to researchers.

Scientists at Seoul National University say they fed an extract of kimchi to 13 infected chickens - and a week later 11 of them had started recovering.

The researchers said the results were far from scientifically proven and if kimchi did have the effects they observed, it was unclear why.

South Koreans are reported to be eating more kimchi as a result of the study.

"I'm eating kimchi these days because I've heard in the media that it helps prevent bird flu infections," one man said.

Love it or loathe it, once you have eaten it, you will never forget it. Kimchi is made by fermenting cabbage with red peppers, radishes and a lot of garlic and ginger.

The idea that it could help poultry to fight off bird flu sounds like a dubious folk remedy.

But the theory is being floated by some of Korea's most eminent scientists.

"We found that the chickens recovered from bird flu, Newcastle disease and bronchitis. The birds' death rate fell, they were livelier and their stools became normal," said Professor Kang Sa-ouk.

Sars link

There was an increase in kimchi consumption two years ago, when thousands of people in Asia contracted Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

Kimchi was reported to have helped to prevent Sars. The claim was never scientifically proven, but according to some Koreans, people in other countries followed their example and started eating kimchi.

"After the Sars outbreak, I went to China and I noticed that the Korean restaurants there sold most of the kimchi they'd made that day," a Korean man said.

So one of Korea's national specialities may soon find a much bigger market. Whether it really is an effective remedy, only time and more research will tell.

I'm not denying kimchi is good for you.  But the main thing that went through my mind reading this was, "Don't most people with the flu get better after a week, anyway?" 

Teaching the English

I've never seen veggies that happy to be fried

Yeah. Made by Koreans for Koreans.  It made me sick. 

Rain!  (At the concert she's yelling, "Oppa, I love you!!" Oppa is "older brother", for girls, and what girls call their boyfriends)

Englishy Camp-uh! 

I love I got to teach the phrase "The monkeys are fighting." Very appropriate! (I had a student who wanted to be called "Silly Monkey", and wouldn't answer his Korean or English name...unfortunately, he wasn't in the class that used this book).

When you are sick, you get a shot in the bum.  (The kid is yelling "I hate shots!")

Brainwashing students to love their foreign teacher (and foreign women, muhaha! I LOVED teaching this unit!)

I just love the last panel.  ㅋㅋㅋ is the Korean for "hehehe"

The vaccuum cleaner's ALIVE! 

Drat, now the pretty foreign teacher has to compete with Lee Hyori (a popular singer).  The boy is saying "Nuna, please give me your autograph" ("nuna" is "older sister" to boys)

At least she didn't say they'll turn her skin orange. 



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