Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

43.9 percent of Korean men (over 40) are impotent, 39.9 percent are premature ejaculators.

May 28th, 2012 . by Errol

“82.8% of Korean men over 40 suffer from sexual dysfunction, a study suggests. A team led by Prof. Kim Young-sik at the University of Ulsan’s Asan Medical Center surveyed 1,313 male outpatients in the age group who visited the hospital with other complaints from August 2010 to May 2011.”

Joseon Daily, May 23, 2012


Boy King fails to get his rockets off

April 13th, 2012 . by Errol

Far Side of the DMZ rocket scientists

Malnutrition is not a great help when building a nation of rocket scientists.

The minimum height requirement for the North Korean military has been cut to 145 cm. i.e. Shorter than the average South Korean middle school girl.

Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2012

Korean ex-husbands dismayed that their ex-wives are now “looser than tighter”

April 7th, 2012 . by Errol

Classic Konglish or a Canuckistani sub-editor having a laugh? You be the judge.

31.1 percent of men, who divorced, said such good feelings disappeared when their former wife appeared looser than tighter, a recent survey said.

The survey was jointly conducted by ionlyyou, an Internet site specializing in remarriages, and Bien-Aller, a company which provides marriage information, from March 29 through April 3.

Quite a few readers have pointed out that the sentence is:
“What it says on the box”.

The Korea Times 5 April 2012

1 in 8 Korean pimps convicted of pimping out teenagers are also teenagers

March 23rd, 2012 . by Errol

The percentage of pimps not convicted or charged is unknown.

The Korean Institute of Criminology of 10,000 analysed convicted cases for sexual assault of minors under the age of 19 including rape, molestation and prostitution between 2000 and 2010.

Over the past 11 years, the average age of minors who were victims of sex crimes was 12.8 years old, according to the ministry. The average age of rape victims that were minors was 15.3 years old in 2000, which dropped to 14.6 by 2010. Likewise, the average age of minors that were coerced or forced into prostitution dropped from 17.2 years old in 2000 to 15.8 years by 2010.

Park Yu-mi, The Joongang Ilbo, March 21, 2012

Korea becoming destination for medical tourism

March 11th, 2012 . by Errol

“We hope medical tourism will help create a new Korean wave,” said Jung Ho-won, director of the ministry’s Health Industry Policy Division.

The ministry estimated that the total number of foreign patients who visited Korea for medical treatment surpassed 110,000 last year, up from 81,789 in 2010.

The Korea Times, March 11, 2012

Expect Wave of Transgender Bars

March 11th, 2012 . by Errol

Actress Choi Han-bit plays a transgender bartender in Itaewon in the soap opera: “Saving Mrs. Go Bong-sil”.

Choi Han-bit also appeared in the KBS TV drama “The Princess’ Man” last year.

Choi stated, “I’m learning a lot from the veteran actors that I’m working with.”

The Chosun Ilbo, March 10, 2012

The Power of the Korean Wave

March 5th, 2012 . by Errol

More powerful than Michael Stipe.

An Egyptian Islamist MP has resigned from the radical Al-Nour party and from parliament after claiming he had been attacked by gunmen to cover up for plastic surgery to his nose, the party says.

Plastic surgery is considered forbidden by ultra-conservative Salafists.

Trying to keep up with the wave.

South Korean women do not prefer handsome men

December 2nd, 2011 . by Errol

Matchmaking firm Duo surveyed 482 women — between the ages of 20 and 39 from November 1-15 regarding their ideal mates, and Choi In-chul, a psychology professor at Seoul National University, analysed the data

The least important factor for Korean women was physical appearance (9 percent).

The Chosun Ilbo, December 3, 2011

Korean medical tourism industry hit by malpractice suit by Thai Ambassador to Korea

November 16th, 2011 . by Errol


Late last month, the diplomatic corps in Korea sent a strongly worded letter to the Korean government calling for an independent inquiry into the death of the Thai ambassador’s wife.

The letter questioned the level of professionalism in many Korean hospitals and the level of English communication available.

According to the Thai Embassy, the ambassador’s wife complained of pain throughout her time at Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital in Yongsan District, Seoul, and her condition deteriorated to the point of passing out while waiting for an X-ray on Sept. 17.

But “the hospital made no effort to call any doctor, nurse or CPR team to rescue her,” the official said.

Moon Gwang-lip, Joongang Ilbo, November 16, 2011

“College Admission Success Event! Double eyelid + nose job = 1,750,000 won (bring your test slip).”

November 12th, 2011 . by Errol
Girls Generation

Girls' Generation

A 19-year-old student named Ko who took the CSAT for the second time Thursday said, “In front of the testing site, plastic surgery and skin clinic employees were advertising discounts on operations when you brought in your test slip.”

“I have three or four friends already who pestered their parents into making reservations” at a clinic, she added.

It is not only the female seniors who are getting caught up in the plastic surgery wave. A 46-year-old parent named Sohn with a son in his senior year recalled, “My son got a quote from a clinic after hearing that test takers got a 20% to 30% discount.”

“He also said they give another 5% to 10% off when you bring a friend,” a disconcerted Sohn said. “Is this some pyramid thing?”

Yu Sun-hui, © The Hankyoreh Media Company, 12 November, 2011

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