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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

South Korea

July 17 is Constitution Day in South Korea. Here are some things you might not know about South Korea:

* South Korea has a plan to have a robot in every home by 2020.

* South Korea is a manufacturing powerhouse and the 13th largest economy in the world by GDP, just ahead of Australia.

* Despite this, and being a nation of people addicted to video gaming and a diet of fermenting vegetables, it has per capita greenhouse emissions equivalent to less than half that of Australia. Mmmh, how do they do it?

* For $150,000, if you send body tissues from a pet to a firm in South Korea called RNL Bio, they can make you another one, just the same.

* If it's a dog, you will be relieved to know that preparing dogs for food is now illegal in South Korea.

* But you would be concerned to discover that it still happens.

* Part of a 2007 peace plan between North and South Korea included an agreement to have a joint Olympic cheer squad.

Please stand for the South Korean national anthem.

2 comments:

Col. Milquetoast said...

"South Korea is a manufacturing powerhouse and the 13th largest economy in the world by GDP, just ahead of Australia"

Yet, despite the fact that South Korea has a higher GDP than many industrialized states (like Taiwan and the Netherlands) and despite a higher per capita GDP than many states with Kyoto obligations and despite being a manufacturer and exporter of cars, cellphones, big flat screen TVs and microchips South Korea is considered a developing nation under the Kyoto Protocol.

Margo's Maid said...

A nice little scam that one, Colonel.