Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline "Japanese camera"โ€ฆ
Today I learned of an incident in which the United States provided military aid to a North Korean cargo ship captured by Somalian pirates. Three of the sailors required medical treatment which was provided by US Medics. North Korean press provided the US with positive coverage, expressing gratitude.โ€ฆ
Koreans eat about 600 million chickens per year and Korean fried chicken (or KFC) and beer is so popular that its facination has spread to China via Korean soap operas. A Chinese company once flew all 4500 of its employees to Korea so they all can have KFC and beer.โ€ฆ
In South Korea, in addition to the international age system, a traditional system known as "Korean age" is still widely used. In Korean age, people's age starts at 1 rather than 0 and gains one year at every New Year's Day.โ€ฆ
US general, Douglas MacArthur, had two of the worst military disasters in American history happen under his command: the largest surrender of US forces (Battle of Bataan, WWII) and the longest retreat of US forces (The retreat back to the 38th parallel during the Korean War)โ€ฆ
93,000 ethnic Koreans voluntarily left Japan for North Korea after World War II in search of work and housing. Most regretted it. A few hundred escaped the North later.โ€ฆ
Unlike WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War, there is no national monument in Washington D.C. dedicating to U.S. service members who fought in World War I.โ€ฆ
6 American soldiers defected to North Korea after the Korean War. Most of which lived in NK for the rest of their lives while being "given" wives by the NK government along with support and housing. Some of which had children who live in NK still.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Charles MCGEE a retired American fighter pilot who saw combat missions in World War II, Korean War, & Vietnam making him one of the longest active duty air force pilots in history(spanning 30 years). He is also one of the last living tuskegee airmenโ€ฆ
"The Great Impostor" Ferdinand Demara posed as a surgeon aboard a Navy destroyer in the Korean War and was forced to perform surgery on 16 people. He proceeded to speed-read a textbook on general surgery and was able to successfully perform all the surgeries without anyone dying.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of japanese nose tombs that contain up to 20 thousand pickled noses taken from dead Koreans 400 years ago as war trophiesโ€ฆ
Kim Jong Il once kidnapped the biggest South Korean director and movie star (who were also ex-husband and wife) and brought them to North Korea to make movies for him. They escaped by convincing him to let them go abroad to promote the North Korean film industry.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Korean TV programme, 'Finding Dispersed Families', that aired in 1983 and was responsible for reuniting over 10,000 Koreans with family that they had lost during the Korean War. Originally planned to be 95 minutes, the programme went on to run for 453 hours, with over 53,000 participants.โ€ฆ
Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer, last to hit .400 in a season, flew fighter jets in the Korean War. He survived a belly landing that enflamed his F9F Panther, and half of his missions he flew as John Glennโ€™s (first American to orbit earth) wingman.โ€ฆ
4 years ago 16 year old Korean Pop star Chao Tzuyu of TWICE released a video apology for waving a Taiwanese flag during a show of JYP Entertainment. The reactions in Taiwan "may have widened the opposition's victory margin by 1%... gaining a majority in parliament for the first time".
Today I learned about Black Day, the anti-Valentine's Day, where S. Korean singles dress in black and gather together to eat dark colored food. Jajangmyeon, a savory black bean sauce over noodles, is the preferred dish for those resenting Valentine's to commiserate over.โ€ฆ
A North Korean teen who was chosen to go to the International Mathematical Olympiad used it to escape North Korea and start a new life.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Kim Han-Sol, North Korean heir apparent until 2001, when his father lost favor, and was assassinated by poison in 2017. In 2011 Han-Sol expressed distress and guilt over North Korean social conditions in social media. Targeted for assassination, his whereabouts has been unknown since 2017.โ€ฆ
South Korea has never postponed a general election, not even during the Korean Warโ€ฆ
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress airplane (WW2, Korean War) had an analog computer system that allowed one team to simultaneously control 4 turrets mounted on the bottom of the wings โ€” the computer calculates the aim and automatically adjusts all of the turrets respectively
For a period in the early 1970s the North Korean GDP per capita was higher than the South Korean one.โ€ฆ
Korean-American Andrew Lee from California was inaugurated as Crown Prince in early 2018 by King Yi Seok, the nominal emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. He is the successor to the throne of his ancestor King Sejong, who created the Korean alphabet, Hangul.โ€ฆ
Ed McMahon was a Colonel in the Marines, and flew 85 combat missions in the Korean War, before co-hosting The Tonight Show.โ€ฆ
The North Korean embassy in Berlin has an illegal hostel the German government has been unable to close.โ€ฆ
Chinese newspaper cited The Onion naming the North Korean leader as the Sexiest Man Alive without realizing it was a jokeโ€ฆ
A North Korean submarine got stuck in a fishing net
After over 70 years of separation, people in North and South Korea speak in increasingly different ways. South Koreans have incorporated many English words and phrases into their language, while isolated North Korea has eliminated words with foreign origins and created homegrown substitutes.โ€ฆ
Christmas is banned in North Korea and instead of Christmas, the birthday of Kim Jong-suk (grandmother of the current supreme leader of North Korea) is celebrated on Christmas eve. However, some North Korean Christian believers still celebrate Christmas in secret.โ€ฆ
9 of 10 of the teams in the Korean Baseball League are named after the companies that own them, such as the Kia Tigers and the LG Twins.โ€ฆ
North Korean reporters and photographers, were required to photograph Kim Il-Sung while standing slightly to his left to hide a large tumor on his neckโ€ฆ
Iranian men have gained an average of 16.5 cm in height, and South Korean women 20.2 cm, becoming the people that have grown the fastest in the last centuryโ€ฆ
The supermarket escalator where North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was last seen in public before death has been turned into a shrineโ€ฆ
The North Korean Embassy in London is situated within a residential area in a semi-detached seven-bedroom houseโ€ฆ
Under apartheid the Taiwanese, Koreans, and Japanese were classified as "honorary whites" while the Chinese were classified as "colored"โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Makgeolli, also referred to as takju (meaning โ€˜cloudy alcoholโ€™), is a Korean fermented rice wine. It is traditionally made with three ingredients: rice, Korean fermentation starter called nuruk and water. Unpasteurized, it contains high concentrations of nutrients, probiotics, and enzymes.โ€ฆ
During the Korean War, English-born John Koelsch was the first helicopter pilot awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for volunteering to rescue a downed Marine without a fighter escort. He, his crew, and the pilot were all captured, yet Koelsch never broke despite dying in captivity.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Tthongsul. It's a Korean rice wine made out of fermented feces.โ€ฆ
In Korean, the word ๋™๋ฌด (ๅŒๅ‹™/tongmu) was originally used to mean "friend" across the whole of Korea. After the North began to use it as a translation of the comrade, the word has fallen out of use in the south. instead, the south started to use ์นœ๊ตฌ (่ฆช่ˆŠ/chingu) to mean friendโ€ฆ
During the Korean War, hundreds of American pilots fought and died in a hot aerial war with the Soviet Union, which flew 75% of all fighter missions in support of North Korea. This was kept secret by both countries until the end of the Cold War to avoid pressure for confrontation.โ€ฆ
When the Beijing 2008 Olympics Flame arrived in Pyongyang, a thousand full-dressed Koreans and Chinese overseas students greeted it at the airport. The Pyongyang leg of the torch relay started from the Tower of the Juche Idea and concluded at the Kim Il Sung Stadiumโ€ฆ
One of North Korea's most popular films is a 62-part series set in Canada that depicts the country positively, with taekwondo everywhere in the country, albeit with South Korean spies roaming freely in the nationโ€ฆ
Because there are no surviving specimens of the heavily armoured Korean "turtle ship", historians still debate about what the ships actually looked like, though most now agree that they were in fact turtle-shapedโ€ฆ
I learned about Admiral Yi, Martial Lord of Loyalty. He was an incredibly talented Korean general, who inflicted multiple, crushing defeats on the Japanese, despite being constantly undermined by the Korean government and despite being almost aways in numerical inferiority.โ€ฆ
That, during the Korean War, the South Korean army massacred so many of their own civilians that allied British soldiers had to intercede at one point to stop the slaughterโ€ฆ
Among the many brave men and women that have received one, a horse named Sergeant Reckless that served during Korean War has also received a Purple Heart.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Ed Reeves, a US marine who survived the Korean War despite having shrapnel in his legs, being shot in the head, and getting beaten with rifle butts by the enemy soldiers. Despite all of this, he was able to crawl out onto the frozen Chosin Reservoir, where he was rescued.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of No Kum-sok, a North Korean pilot who defected in his MiG-15, allowing the Wests first look at the fighter. As part of Operation Moolah, he was given $100k and later became a US Citizen and aeronautical engineerโ€ฆ
The Korean Gong clan of Qufu, their ancestors was Confucius. there are 7.4K members in Korea (According to the research held in 2000), including some famous Kpop and Kdrama starsโ€ฆ
It is well documented that for centuries, Koreans ate much more food than their Asian neighbors. A 19th century visitor wrote: "When it comes to serving fruits, for example with large peaches, even a person with the most restraint eats around ten; it is not uncommon to see a person eating 30".โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jang Bogo. A Korean peasant who served in China, becoming an abolitionist, and in the 820s formed a powerful private navy of 10,000 men to attack slavers, leading to the Emperor ending slavery. The Nobility hated him and assassinated him when he tried to marry a princess.โ€ฆ
Auld Lang Syne served as the national anthem of the Korean exile government and from 1945 to 1948, it was the melody of South Korea's national anthem.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Lee Hyeon-seo, a North Korean defector who escaped and then went back for her mother and brother. After a long journey, her family was arrested. Lee didnโ€™t have the money to free them. An Australian noticed her and gave her enough money to free them and two other North Koreans.โ€ฆ
Singaporean photographer Aram Pan has shot a 360ยฐ video of driving through the Streets of Pyongyang, North Korea with exclusive permission from the North Korean governmentโ€ฆ
In 2014, Christians in South Korea put up a giant Christmas tree which was visible from the North Korean border. The North Koreans claimed it was a tool for psychological warfare and demanded it be taken down. The defence ministry claimed the was dismantled for safety concerns.โ€ฆ
Dr Sanduk Ruit who is an opthalmologist from Nepal has personally restored the eye sight of over 130,000 people across Asia and Africa for free of cost, he also restored the sight of 1000 N. Koreans in 2006 visit thereโ€ฆ
BTS, a seven-member South Korean boy band, brings in more than $3.6 billion to South Korea's economy each year, and were the reason one in every 13 foreign tourists visited the country in 2018.โ€ฆ
Korean parents have begun hiring thugs who protect their children from bullies. These thugs pose as "fake uncles" and intimidate bullies who have been harassing the bullied kid. In some cases, the thugs will visit the bulliesโ€™ parents at their workplace and publicly shame them.โ€ฆ
The United States successfully saved 98,100 North Koreans during the Hungnam evacuationโ€ฆ
One of the main attractions in North Korean Pyongyang is a female chimpanzee named Azalea who generally goes through about 1 pack of cigarettes a day.โ€ฆ
In 2000 a Korean couple spent their life savings to buy the world's first Jumbo Jet Pan Am 747 and bring it to Seoul where they renovated it into a luxury restaurant. The restaurant later failed, leaving the couple living in a small hut below the plane. The plane was later demolished.โ€ฆ
North Korea calls itself Joseon after the Korean dynasty of Joseon (1392-1897), while South Korea calls itself Hanguk in reference to the 'Samhan' three kingdoms period of Korea (57BCE - 668CE). 'Korea' has its origins from the Goryeo Dynasty (918โ€“1392), first transliterated by Marco Polo.โ€ฆ
After Korean boxer's Kim Duk-koo's life was violently cut short during a boxing match, both the referee who officiated the match and Kim's mother committed suicide.โ€ฆ
A Korean secret agent warned American officials about the attack on Pearl Harborโ€ฆ
South Koreans consume the most hard liquor in the worldโ€ฆ
North Korea filmed a movie in Japan in 1985, aimed at showing the oppression of Koreans in Japan. North Koreans, instead, drew the conclusion that Koreans were better off in Japanโ€ฆ
The company Samsung accounts for 15% of South Korea's entire economy, and that South Koreans often live in Samsung owned apartment buildings, can get treatment from Samsung-owned medical centers, go to Samsung universities, and even end up at a Samsung funeral parlor when they die.โ€ฆ
At the age of 19, Michael Caine had a near death experience in the Korean War that โ€œformed his characterโ€ for the rest of his life. He learned to live every moment as if it where his last and to always look on the bright side of life.โ€ฆ
The only time South Korea deported North Korean defectors was when two fishermen were found to have killed 16 of their crewmatesโ€ฆ
In 2011, a South Korean man committed suicide by crucifying himself on a cross. The man was a devout Christian, and police speculated that his "deep religious faith" may have helped him endure "immense pain". They found the man's notes planning the crucifixion.โ€ฆ
Sundae is a type of blood sausage in Korean cuisine. It is a popular street food in both North and South Korea, generally made by steaming cow or pig's intestines stuffed with various ingredients.โ€ฆ
The Korean word for โ€œSwiss army knifeโ€ is โ€œmaekgaibeo kalโ€ which literally means โ€œMcGyver knifeโ€โ€ฆ
Baseball legend Ted Williams set shooting records while training to be a fighter pilot and flew as astronaut John Glenn's wing-man during the Korean War.โ€ฆ
There is an Information Center on North Korea in the national library of South Korea in Seoul, that contains 100000+ North Korean related publications, with the ones coming from North Korea being banned outside of the library, unable to be checked out or read online.โ€ฆ
US sailors captured by North Korea, were flipping the middle finger in photos to protest the propaganda on their treatment. The North Koreans for months photographed them without knowing the real meaning of the finger, while the sailors explained that the sign meant good luck in Hawaii.โ€ฆ
North Korean leader Kim Ill-Sung had a baseball-sized calcium deposit on the right side of the back of his neck. North Korean photographers were ordered to photograph him while standing slightly to his left in order to hide the growth from official photographs and newsreels.โ€ฆ
In 1994, South Korean President Kim Young-sam advised the US President against attacking Nyongbyon, the centre of North Korea's nuclear program, to prevent renewal of fightingโ€ฆ
Tibor Rubin survived the Holocaust, fought for the US Army during the Korean War, became a POW, and had to wait 55 years to receive his Medal of Honor, all because his sergeant was an anti-Semite.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Operation Mole Cricket 19, the largest air battle since the Korean War. In 1982, Israel sent around 90 planes to destroy Syrian SAM Batteries. The Syrian Army sent up about 100 planes to defend. The amount of Syrian jets shot down was 82-86. The amount of Israeli jets shot down was 0.โ€ฆ
Korean college students once protested against the amount of air in potato chip packets by building a raft out of them and sailing across a river.โ€ฆ
There is a Popeyes restaurant on the South Korean side of the Korean demilitarized zoneโ€ฆ
Since 2012 over 25,000 South Koreans have participated in fake funeral services to simulate their own deaths. The "living funeral" service entails lying in a closed coffin for around 10 minutes, which in turn helps invoke a new perspective and approach to life.โ€ฆ
North Korea is obsessed with Choco Pies from S Korea. There's a black market for them, and factories once used them to pay worker bonuses. In 2014, S Korean activists sent 10K pies to NK with helium balloons. After an injured NK defector crossed the DMZ in 2017, he was given a lifetime supply.โ€ฆ
In 2007, a North Korean cargo vessel was captured by Somali pirates. Its distress signal was responded to by a nearby US destroyer, which provided medical assistance to injured NK sailors who were able to retake the vessel. It led to an unprecedented statement of gratitude by North Korean media.โ€ฆ
The North Korean government sponsors over 70 grade schools in Japanโ€ฆ
Due to false rumours of arson by Koreans in the aftermath of the 1923 Great Kantล earthquake, over 6,000 Koreans were brutally massacred by vigilante mobs armed with bamboo spears, clubs, and swords with the help of the Imperial Japanese army and police.โ€ฆ
In some Asian cultures such as Korean and Japanese cultures, the practice of responding to another person's sneeze does not exist.โ€ฆ
Japanese is the second language of older Chinese and Korean people who either live in Japan or had to learn Japanese; and is the fifth most popular foreign language in the USA and a popular non-European language in secondary schools in the UKโ€ฆ
North and South Korean researchers collaborated on the excavation of an ancient historical site at Manwoldae, home to the Koryo dynastyโ€™s royal palace in 2015. It was the first time since 1945 that Southern and Northern members have worked at the same place for 40 to 60 days per yearโ€ฆ
South Korean President Roh Tae-Woo's emphasis on "economic growth with equity," although well received by the public, led to the dwindling in the annual economic growth rate from the high of 12.3 percent in 1988 to 6.7 percent in 1989โ€ฆ
There are North Korean Forced Laborers in Poland working in shipyards, some even work on EU/NATO warships.โ€ฆ
South Koreans have grown 3 inches taller than their North Koreans counterparts. They are genetically the same and have been living similar lives till divide in the last century. The nutritional difference of only 50/60 years has caused this difference.โ€ฆ
After 2 US officers who'd been pruning a tree were murdered by N Koreans, the US dispatched a 813 man force, including: 27 helicopters; F-4 Phantom II, F-5, and F-86 fighters; F-111 & B-52s; plus an aircraft carrier offshore. It got pruned, and a General had a swagger stick carved from wood.โ€ฆ
The Japanese word "kamikaze," meaning "divine winds," was originally used to refer to the typhoon that all but completely destroyed the Mongol fleet (hastily built by their Chinese and Korean vassals), effectively preventing the second and last Mongol invasion of Japan, in 1281.โ€ฆ
Trapped behind enemy lines during the Korean War Chester Puller Stated, "Weโ€™ve been looking for the enemy for several days now. Weโ€™ve finally found them. Weโ€™re surrounded. That simplifies our problem of finding these people and killing them." He and his men survived.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Fan Death, a popular superstition in South Korea believing that sleeping in a closed room with an electric fan can cause death. Despite no evidence of death, it is believed the South Korean government created this myth to lessen energy consumption during the 1970 energy crisisโ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œFan Deathโ€, a well-known belief in Korean culture, where it is thought that running an electric fan in a closed room with unopened or no windows will prove fatal.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Korean Age system: When you're born it starts at 1 not 0, then you turn a year older on New Year's Day regardless of when you were born. So (Current Year - Birth Year + 1)โ€ฆ
Acclaimed actor Michael Caine fought in the Korean war, and was nearly killed when his 3 man patrol found themselves surrounded by Chinese troopsโ€ฆ
There is a monument in Kyoto Japan called the Ear Mound. It consists of Ears and Noses of Chinese and Koreans killed by the Japanese in the late 1500's. Its estimated there are 38,000 Korean noses in this Ear Mound memorial.โ€ฆ

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