1. South Korea has robots to cheer at its baseball games

    Fans can send proxies to the stadium to cheer, chant, and even do the wave


  2. Fox News reportedly used footage of random Asian people instead of Koreans mourning the ferry disaster

    In a clip about the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea that killed over 260 last month, Fox News broadcast footage of random sad Asian people instead of mourning Koreans, Global Post reports.  The footage, which has since been deleted from Fox’s website, was of “people presumably from another region of Asia” and not Koreans, according to KoreAm, a blog covering Korean American culture.



  4. South Korea is building a hulking new skyscraper that will have the ability to turn invisible.

    Er, why?


  5. Top: South Korean special army soldiers show off their martial arts skills at the Gyeryong military headquarters south of Seoul. PHOTO: AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

    Left: An Indian devotee carries the head of the Hindu god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, after immersing it in the Bay of Bengal during the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the southern Indian city of Chennai. The dip in the sea symbolizes a ritual seeing-off of Ganesh’s journey home, taking with him the misfortunes of mankind. PHOTO: REUTERS/Babu

    Right: Former President Bill Clinton kisses his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as he introduces her before her speech at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Sept. 24. PHOTO: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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  6. In South Korea, sales of makeup and other skincare products are booming — and it’s oftentimes men who are doing the buying. Last year, Korean men spent $495.5 million on skincare products, accounting for 21 percent of global sales and making South Korea the largest men’s makeup market in the world. 

    "Having a clean, neat face makes you look sophisticated and creates an image that you can handle yourself well," says 24-year-old college student Cho Won-hyuk. “Your appearance matters, so when I wear makeup on special occasions, it makes me more confident.” 


    (Source: theweek.com)


  7. Photo: REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

    In his most publicized event, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church, blessed the union of 2,075 couples, the grooms all dressed in identical blue suits and the brides wearing white lace-and-satin gowns. In May, Unification Church officials estimated that about 70 percent of those couples are still together thirty years later, a marital success rate that well exceeds the national average.

    But the Madison Garden event was not his record: Moon joined 21,000 couples in Seoul’s Olympic Stadium in 1999, and as late as 2009 he presided over a ceremony at Korea’s Sun Moon University in which 10,000 couples were wed or renewed their vows, with hundreds more joining in via the internet.

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    One-upping the French
    In South Korea, 4,000 children build the tallest Lego tower on Earth. At a height of 31.9 meters, the toy structure bests the previous record of 31.6 meters, held by France. [Tecca]

    Evolving with Obama
    Producer-rapper extraordinaire Jay-Z comes out in favor of gay marriage. [The Frisky]

    Keeping cool under fire
    A Swiss research institute designs a bullet-proof vest equipped with air conditioning. [Geekosystem]


    Wiping down the crime scene
    A Utah teenager is caught allegedly robbing a house after he leaves behind a backpack containing a USB drive full of his homework. [Newser

    Taking a page from the Don Draper playbook
    A longtime security supervisor at Newark International Airport is arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of a dead man. [Gothamist]

    Double-checking the address
    A Mississippi woman spends thousands buying and sprucing up a foreclosed home, only to find out that she actually bought the smaller, more damaged home next door. [Consumerist]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. South Korea’s robotic prison guards have arrived. 

    The 5-foot-tall guards come equipped with advanced 3-D cameras and microphones to detect signs of erratic or dangerous behavior — to prevent things such as suicide attempts — and can summon human allies when necessary.

    Watch the robo-guards in action


  10. Ashes to ashes, dust to… beads? South Koreans are shying away from traditional burial traditions and instead opting for a new way to honor the dead—by transforming their remains into smooth, gem-like stones.


  11. A South Korean special forces soldier holds a salute as he jumps out of a plane Monday. These parachute-training exercises were part of a rehearsal held ahead of Armed Forces Day, which will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 1.

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