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Korean Wax Figures

These wax figures are a little creepy to say the least. The ones we can see all look like the same model was used. I’m guessing that’s supposed to be James Dean in the foreground (when I came to Korea in 1990 a fella could buy a brand of underwear named after him) and behind […]

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Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang: Basketball Diplomacy

Well, if ping-pong worked with the Chinese, maybe Dennis Rodman, a.k.a. The Worm, and basketball might have the same effect on the Norks. Very interesting article in The Diplomat about Rodman’s visit to North Korea that even has Marcus Noland finding something in the visit to get excited about: “I am all for it,” Dr. […]

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Dennis Rodman Going to the Boards with North Korea

Who would have thought Dennis Rodman would be doing a bit of diplomacy in North Korea? As crazy and absurd as it may sound, that’s what Rodman is going to be doing soon. At a time when tensions between the two countries (the United States and North Korea) are running high, it’s important to keep […]

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And the World Keeps on Getting Weirder and Weirder

The new face (and body of weird) So what is the average day like for a human Barbie like Lukyanova? “In the morning I work on my face and I get a massage, then I spend some time on the Internet,” she tells V magazine. “I meditate and travel in my astral body, and after […]

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Sure you can text and walk at the same time

Just as long as it is not in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Otherwise you could be fined. Avid texters beware: Fort Lee, N.J. police said they will begin issuing $85 jaywalking tickets to pedestrians who are caught texting while walking. “It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not […]

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Yeah, but what does he know about nuclear security?

Jang Keun-suk poses after being appointed promotional ambassador for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Wednesday. Does Korea really need a “promotional ambassador” for a major international security summit next year; unless of course, thousands of screaming girls are expected to attend. At the very least, someone could have […]

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Lost in Translation — at the gym

Sometimes, literal translations get lost in translation: Although “please take off water on your body” sounds a bit strange, I have a pretty good idea it was supposed to mean, please dry your body after getting out of the water. I’m not so sure about Number four, though: After awhile you get used to this […]

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I wasn’t sure about this advertisement I saw in the Seoul subway the other week; not really sure what a slice of bread and an American football had to do with a person’s face. Then of course, there was the blatant misuse of English. From what I was able to translate, this is an advertisement […]

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Dr. Strangelove in Daejeon

Today, on the subway in Daejeon, I saw a middle-aged Korean woman wearing, hold onto your socks folks, a stylish Dr. Strangelove T-shirt, showing Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers) on the floor with Brigadier General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) with Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern written below. Bizarre.

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Sex and the World Cup

That might have been the topic around the water cooler this morning in Korea as folks here talked about Korea’s decisive upset over Greece Saturday night, but it was the subject of an article in the Korea Times. Is sex correlated with World Cup football? For naysayers, here is an interesting statistic. On the Saturday […]

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