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Friday, July 21, 2006

human toll: Korea 50, Finland 11 - proportional: Finland 2, Korea 1

Last weekend, after heavy rains and rapidly rising floods, 50 people were feared dead in Republic of Korea, population 48 million. The previous weekend, 11 people drowned in Finland (pop. 5.3 million) even though the only extraordinary weather phenomenon was the fine weather. The number of drowned here proportional to population was double the human toll of floods and other consequences of the rains in Korea. (Still, with their alcohol drinking habits and lack of swimming skills, Koreans are fortunate not to have a huge number of lakes and boats...)

Take for example this case: cops had been called to prevent a boisterous and drunk company to take a motor boat out to the sea. The cops took away a part of the motor so that the boat couldn't be driven. The men nevertheless found a rowing boat somewhere and took out with the consequence that one of them drowned. 차암 대단한 민족이다, 우리가.

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