Sunday, January 10, 2010

More Unsubstantiated Rumours About Korea

No One Knows I'm an American as long as I extraneously add the letter 'U' to words.

I have never actually looked at Cyworld, but from what I've been told, it's Korea's Facebook, but with a much higher cultural penetration. And apparently a lot of the girls' profile pics feature them flashing the Victory sign and puffing out their cheeks. I'm not even going to connect the rest of those dots, draw your own conclusions.

Each time I learn a new cultural tidbit like the preceding, I file it away in a mental vault for which the only keys are being within shouting distance of me because I am definitely going to repeat it ad nauseum to anyone I meet. And so, a horrifying prospect about my continued stay in South Korea is that the longer I am here, the more I become a fount of useless knowledge for any foreigner who has been here even one less day than me, even though at this point everything I know is ridiculous hearsay.

Next Time on Merv at the Movies: Fan Death, The Postpartum Seawood Soup Diet, and Why Closing Down the Subway From Midnight to 5 a.m. Will Curb A Nation's Binge-Drinking Even Though There Are Still Places Where You Can Get A Bottle of Soju for 10 Scrents

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