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This Korean girl gets paid 9k a month to eat in front of a webcam

In this episode of what will Asians think of next, we see a trend of webcammers in Korea making bank for just eating in front of the camera.

A Korean woman, 34, who goes by the moniker “The Diva” apparently eats in front of her live video feed every day for three hours and gets paid about $9,000 a month. According to the video, people do it for various reasons — they feel better about eating alone, or it gives dieters relief as it makes them feel that they are are eating as much food as her.. I’m not really sure if I totally agree with the second reason. I think if I were trying to limit my food intake, it’d be torture to watch someone else enjoy a feast.

Apparently, there are 3,000 people participating in these so-called “eating rooms”, some of whom are sponsored by restaurants.

I see you skinny, cute Korean girl eating food, and raise you this guy:

(Thanks, Irene!)

Pens doubles as beautiful blades of grass

I love products that serve multiple purposes because they help us save valuable space. Check out this nifty office plant which consists of a pot holding numerous pens that double as blades of grass. The grass pens, each $5, are sold by a design company in Korea and come in three different shades of green.

Korean pen holder plant

Kim Jong Un gets cast in burger commercial

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Remember my cousin, the Kim Jong Un doppelgänger that we wrote about last month?  Well, a major Israeli fast food chain, Burger Ranch, stumbled upon his hilarious pictures and the next thing you know, my cousin Howard is starring in a burger commercial.  The company didn’t seem to mind that my cousin doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, even though he has to yell defiantly into the camera in that language.

Burger Ranch is apparently a pretty huge chain in Israel, competing mainly with McDonald’s Israel.  In 2010, Burger Ranch took over all local branches of its other competitor, Burger King.

Watch the full-length commercial here (no subtitles though), and like his Facebook page here.

Miss Korea contestants creepily all look the same

Human cloning has finally been discovered!  OK, that’s an exaggeration but seriously, there’s something a bit off with this year’s Miss Korea contestants.  South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgery per capita according to the Economist, so you do the math when it comes to the picture below.

The photos sparked a fiery debate on Reddit, with users doing some serious bashing on how ubiquitous plastic surgery has become in Korea.  One user wrote, “I live in Korea, and older women complain how girls don’t look Korean anymore because of all the plastic surgery. It’s so common to the point if I meet a girl, I just assume she has had something done. Girls here consider eye surgery just like using makeup.”

Don’t get me wrong, these girls are very pretty.  But it’s uncanny how similar their chin, eyes and nose are.  I’ve actually heard that those three features often come as a “package” at many plastic surgery clinics in Korea.

miss korea contestants plastic surgery

(Thanks, Julie!)

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Kim Jong Un’s doppelganger goes grocery shopping

You have to meet my cousin, Howard, who looks like a certain dictator who’s been on the news a lot lately.  He’s definitely got a critical eye when it comes to inspecting the grocery store goods.  Hilarious!

kim jong un impersonator shopping

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Best idea ever? McDonald’s potato parties go viral in Asia

French Fry Party

Recently, this picture of Korean kids indulging in a french fry buffet went viral on the internet. The kids ordered $250 worth of fries at their local McDonald’s and piled the fried potatoes over a few tables.

Turns out, the idea of a potato party originated in Japan. Because of a deal in Japan that sold fries for a low 150¥ (or $1.60) from Oct. to Nov. last year, students started organizing potato parties. These gatherings are serious business: attendees will order crazy amounts of fries and are required to eat it all before they get to leave the table. Seems like one of the few occasions when eating your plate clean might be a very bad idea. Here are some of the pics that were tweeted around by Japanese kids:
Japanese potato parties

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Elephant learns how to speak Korean words

Who says learning a new language is hard?  Koshik, an elephant in a South Korea, seems to have picked up a few words from his zoo keeper.  In the clip below, Koshik mimics his keeper, and says choah or “good” in Korean.  By sticking his trunk in his mouth and breathing out, the elephant has found a way to copy the timbre and pitch of his human friend.  Apparently, the elephant can also say the Korean words for “annoying,” “sit down,” “no,” and “lie down.”

Researchers say Koshik does this for social reasons, since he is the only elephant at the zoo.  Even elephants need to chat with a friend!

(Thanks, Hubie!)

How to implode a watermelon with rubber bands

Nevermind how they came up with the idea in the first place — this video is amazing.  The guys on the Korean TV show start by curiously placing the innocuous first rubber band round the watermelon.  As they add more elastic, the melon’s shell starts buckling to the pressure.  Water from the fruit starts seeping from the shell.  Then, finally, after about 1,000 rubber bands, the unfortunate watermelon implodes in all its anticipated glory.  Ka-boom!  Don’t you just love the random humor of Asian TV shows?

“Health” pills made of dead babies

Um, seriously?  In South Korea, customs officials are on the lookout for smugglers bringing in capsules filled with powdered human flesh, apparently from dead babies and fetuses.

Since last August, about 17,500 pills were found to have been smuggled from China.  The “medication” is taken to supposedly boost stamina and cure diseases.

Besides being totally disgusting and unethical, the pills are said to be full of bacteria, posing a health risk.  Korean officials are stepping up inspections on shipments from Northeast China to quell this nasty illegal substance.

It truly baffles me how we Chinese people can even think of eating the most ridiculous and gross things, all in the name of “health.”  But then again, people have been known to eat placentas, so maybe this is a weird version of that?

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Turning hands into little Karate masters

I just watched this super cute video of a Korean lady who turned one of her hands into a little karate master. She dressed her hand up in a tiny martial arts outfit, drew a face on her palm, and walked the hand around to make it seem like a black belter. See the video below: