North Korea

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Unique languages from around the world

Unique languages from around the world

There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages found across the world. And while many of them are related to one another, there are several unique languages which bear no relation to any other languages in the world.

Brown marmorated stink bug | Smelly bugs from around the world

Brown marmorated stink bug | Smelly bugs from around the world

For most people, smelling nice is important. For a certain minority, however, smelling bad seems to be just as important (I refuse to believe that this minority smell so catastrophically bad on accident; work has clearly gone into their scent).

The North Korean mass games

The North Korean mass games

At one time or another, every country in the world will hold a parade. Often these parades will be used to celebrate a successful national sporting team. Sometimes, a country will arrange a parade to mark a royal wedding. In a small number of countries, a parade might involve painting the words “Death to America” on the side of a giant rocket and then wheeling it down the High Street. North Korea is one of those countries.

4 bridges that go nowhere

4 bridges that go nowhere

Bridges connects things. It’s the most important thing about them. Literal bridges connect one piece of land to another. Metaphorical bridges connect one person (or thought, or idea, or thing) to another. If a bridge doesn’t link something (or someone) to something (or someone) else, can it really be called a bridge? If it can’t, what’s it called? And if it can, what effect would this have on the word’s use as a metaphor? Would we have to start using “tunnel” instead?

Ryugyong Hotel: Is this the world's strangest hotel?

Ryugyong Hotel: Is this the world’s strangest hotel?

Whenever I see pictures of this building, the first thing that comes to mind is “who the hell dreamt this up?!” Although, seeing as this modern-day pyramid is the product of the secretive North Korean government, I must accept that my question will forever go unanswered.