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  1. “100 Years of Hair and Makeup” Series Takes a Look at the Fashions of North and South Korea

    Cut Video has previously showcased 100 years' worth of Iranian and African-American women's fashion, and now model Tiffany and the team are taking a decade-by-decade look at the makeup and hairstyles of North and South Korea.

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  2. Underdog South Korean Baseball Team Now Filling Its Stands With Cybermen To Simulate Cheering Fans

    Where were these punks at my 8th-grade dance recital?

    The Hanwha Eagles have finished last in their league four out of the previous five years, but that doesn't mean they need to feel bad about themselves. Rather than play for an empty stadium, the South Korean professional baseball team has built an army of slavishly loyal robots to intimidate, er, rally, the Eagle's human fans into displaying enthusiasm.

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  3. South Korea Is Building a 600 Million Dollar “Robot Land”

    AKA: the future!

    After years in development, South Korea's robot theme park Robot Land finally broke ground last month. And you thought the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was cool.

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  4. Tom Hiddleston Was On SNL Korea Last Night And, Yeah, It Was As Weird As You’d Expect

    The inability to understand 50% of what's said in this video makes it even better.

    Last night, Tom Hiddleston dropped by South Korea's version of Saturday Night Live, and it was predictably weird and awesome. Thankfully, the rest of the world gets to witness the Thor: The Dark World baddie shaking it to K-Pop in this Digital Short they released online!

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  5. Korean Batman Wears A Gold Suit And Fires Lasers From His Fingers [Video]

    You know, like you do.

    Batman is more than just a guy in a cape -- he's a symbolic figure who fights against injustice and wrongdoing. Such a monumental hero can't be constrained by such trivial matters as copyright! And the South Korean television producers of the 1960s were all for breaking free of those constraints. With lasers, even.

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  6. Today Will be PSY’s Last Performance of “Gangnam Style,” But Let’s Not Get Too Excited

    Proving that dreams do in fact come true on the night of New Year's Eve, worldwide internet phenomenon PSY -- to clarify, we are not saying that he is in any way deserving of such a title -- announced that tonight's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve will play host to his final "Gangnam Style" live performance in North America. Let us say that once more, because we simply cannot get enough of how sweet it sounds: Last time. In North America. As in EVER! While PSY will still be performing "Gangnam Style" and its signature dance move in other countries around the world as a farewell tour of sorts, we on the western side of the globe can be the first to finally stop stuffing cotton and other nearby objects into our ears to muffle the auditory garbage. But let's not get too ahead of ourselves, people, because according to sources, one rubbish song-and-dance from PSY apparently begets another.

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  7. Think of the Children: South Korea Apparently Planning to Block Porn on Phones of Teenagers

    The untamed wilderness of the Internet is still something that people across the globe tend to find suspicious. There could be anything out there, after all, and we need to protect the children. That's how the argument typically goes, anyway, when calls for censorship crop up. That's what appears to be the case in South Korea, as the nation's reportedly planning on installing filters on the smartphones of teenagers in order to block unsavory material like pornography.

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  8. Try Not to Laugh as This Man Calmly Paints Yellow Lines While Screaming [Video]

    Yellow Scream, by South Korean artist Kim Beom, is perhaps the strangest thing we've come across in a good long while. The documentary lasts for around half an hour, and features a rather unique form of art instruction. See, the man in the video screams as if he were in pain as he carefully strokes the yellow paint on the canvas. Already, the Internet is abuzz over his "happy little screams." There's really no words that do this justice, but hit the jump to check out a version that's just the screams.

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  9. South Korean Court Upholds 10 Month Jail Sentences For Being A Dick On The Internet

    If anyone was wondering how seriously South Koreans take their rappers educational backgrounds, the answer is: very. A judge in South Korea has upheld the jail sentences of eight people for attempting to defame rapper Tablo on the internet by claiming he did not, as he claimed, have Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Stanford University.

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  10. Eunuchs Live Longer, Not Necessarily Happier Lives Than Non-Castrated Men

    Historical research out of South Korea suggests that male sex hormones may be to blame for the shorter lives of men across cultures. The evidence for this? The shocking longevity of several centuries of Korean eunuchs. Researchers combing through the meticulously detailed birth and death records of the Korean Chosun Dynasty found that eunuchs  -- castrated men who worked as servants at court -- were a staggering 130 times more likely to live to see 100 than men in the modern age.

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  11. South Korean Real Name Policy Proved Ineffective

    Requiring those posting comments on the Internet to use their real names is a popular concept that just won't die. YouTube is the latest site to "suggest" users sign in through Google+ using their full name in an effort to decrease ridiculously nasty commentary for which the web is known. As it turns out, South Korea attempted something similar in 2007 and found that their real name policy was unable to curb any significant amount of the trolling.

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  12. South Korea Bans Virtual Item Trading, Black Markets Will Flourish and Prosper

    Online bot farming and item trading will be illegal in South Korea next month. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will be passing a law that makes it a criminal offense to set up automated bots to farm and trade. The penalty will be 5 years in jail and a maximum fine of 50 million won (about $43,000). Well, good luck!

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  13. Wikileaks Reveals Some Media Leaks May Be Intended to Help Government Infiltrate Warez Sites

    A recently leaked diplomatic cable reveals that starting in 2009, entertainment entities teamed up with government agencies and at least considered the possibility of purposefully leaking media in hopes of infiltrating topsites. It's unclear whether or not this actually happened, but the leaked cable discusses the option in detail.

    The 2009 cable outlines a meeting involving the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), a representative from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE), and representatives from the South Korean government. While the cable makes no mention of any specific plans or instances of topsite infiltration, there is language which strongly implies that ICE is familiar with the process as a result of campaigns taking place here in the states.

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  14. South Korea Sets Up Internet Addiction Prevention Clinic

    Internet addiction clinics aren't exactly a new thing, but South Korea has found the problem of Internet addiction to be so pervasive that they have set up a clinic not to deal with addiction, but to prevent it. StarCraft is a huge deal in South Korea to the extent that it is a professional sport, and it seems that this national obsession, in conjunction with the Internet at large, is having a negative affect on the nation's youth. The children at the camp who show warning signs of becoming raging internetaholics spend their time playing reality-based games, taking hikes, reading books and going to counseling sessions, all without the aid of internetahol. Because large-scale Internet connectivity and personal computers are relatively new to South Korea, many parents are simply at a loss to help their children find a healthy balance.

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  15. South Korea To Build World’s Largest Ships

    The class of ship pictured above is the current record holder for largest in operation, but not for long. Danish ship builder Moller-Maersk has announced that it will deliver 10 container ships capable of carrying 18,000 20-foot long shipping units between 2013 and 2015. The ships, called the Triple-E class, will be built in South Korea for the heft price of $1.9 billion. Once completed, these ships will be the largest on the ocean. Once completed, the ships will not only be the largest afloat but surprisingly environmentally friendly. The AFP wire service quotes a statement from ship builder Moller-Maersk, saying:
    The new container vessels, at 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres tall, will be "the largest vessel of any type known to be in operation," but emit half as much carbon dioxide as the industry average for Asia/Europe trade, the statement added.
    Though impressive in its own right, these new ships will still be dwarfed by the now-defunct Batillus-class supertankers and the also-defunct 458m behemouth The Seawise Giant -- which has the distinction of being the largest mobile man-made object. That aside, Moller-Maersk should have no trouble holding on to the title of largest ships on the sea. The next largest class of tanker is also Moller-Maersk made. For those of you playing along at home, the 400m Triple-E boats are just 43m shorter than the Empire State Building. (via io9, image via Wikipedia)

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  16. South Korean Government May Instate Internet Curfew for Youth

    Due to growing concerns of Internet "addiction," the South Korean government is seriously considering instating an Internet curfew for their youth under the age of 16 from midnight to 6 a.m. A bill will be submitted to parliament that will actually require online gaming companies to stop service after midnight for users who registered their accounts as under the age of 16.

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  17. North Korea Bombs South Korean Island

    We've had our jokes about North Korea in the past, but this is no laughing matter: CNN reports that North Korea has mortared the South Korean island of  Yeonpyeong, killing two South Korean marines and wounding 15 South Korean soldiers and civilians.

    South Korea’s military responded with more than 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, defense officials said. Firing between the two sides lasted for about an hour in the Yellow Sea, a longstanding flashpoint between the two Koreas. In March, a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, was sunk in the area with the loss of 46 lives in a suspected North Korean torpedo attack.
    >>>Video report at Mediaite.

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  18. Steam in Hot Water in South Korea

    Kotaku reports that South Korean authorities have been cracking down over the weekend on unrated games, and this may mean considerable bad things for Korean Steam users. Korean law states that all games available to the public must be rated by the Game Rating Board. That's all well and nice, except that game makers must pay to get their game rated, and many cannot afford the price. When South Korea says all games, they mean all games. Tiny indie games, flash-based or mobile whatsits, big blockbusters, and everything in between. Team Liquid, a StarCraft community site, reports that Steam games may even be in the sights of Korean authorities.

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  19. Doggy Poo Story Is a Real Movie (And Book. And Musical.)

    Doggy Poo Story is a 2003 claymation movie (well, we hope it's clay) based on a Children's Literature Award-winning book by Korean author Jung-Saeng Kwon. The photo above, spotted in Seoul's Maebang Station, advertises a musical based on the series, with the tagline "Nothing God made is useless."

    While the title might seem to promise -- well, be -- one massive poop joke, it's actually a rather existential story about one piece of dog excrement's quest to find its higher purpose.

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  20. South Korean Government Raids Google Office in Street View Probe

    This spring, Google got in hot water in Europe and in the US over the tendency of its Street View vehicles to scoop up and store private data from people's unsecured domestic Wi-Fi networks. Google has apologized for the data breach and said it will "continuing to work with the relevant authorities to respond to their questions and concerns." But that didn't stop South Korean authorities from raiding the offices of Google Korea yesterday:

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