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Ah yes, it’s summertime in Korea. How do we know? The cicadas are in full bloom. If you don’t know what that is – as we didn’t when we first came to Korea – it’s not a flower. Cicada (known as “Maemi,” in Korean 매미) are really large and icky looking bugs that are totally harmless, but really loud.

They don’t fly in your face or anything, and they don’t bite. In fact, they’re hard to see unless you’re staring up at the highest branches of the trees. They won’t physically get in your way at all. But they will scream their godforsaken lungs out incessantly, desperately trying to meet a cicada girl (only the males can scream). Remember that scene from Dumb and Dumber when they talk about the most annoying sound in the world?

Cicada

Our Drawing Skillz are OSM!

It was the Cicada he was referring to. We feel like they’re the obnoxious neighbours that blast really loud music non-stop and no matter how many times you ask them to turn it down, you have no choice but to put up with it in the end. Good news is that they only come out during the hottest time of year, so normally that’s June-August, but this year since we had so much rain and terrible weather, we only started really hearing them this month. If you haven’t visited Korea but you have watched Korean dramas, you can hear them making uninvited cameos in the background.

“You really mean a lot to me…”
HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGHHHHHHH
“You really need a lobotomy? What?”
“NO! That’s not what I said…damn cicadas!!!!”

Despite our irritation with these bugs, they really start to grow on you (not literally or you’d scream like a schoolgirl). If you’re sitting in the park the thousands of songs can flood out other sounds and create almost a peaceful “HUM”. Also, we’re starting to feel like summer is just not summer without those annoying buggers (har har har..get it?). In fact, you can hear the soundtrack of the cicadas being played in some Korean grocery stores when they’re selling watermelons…what a clever marketing tool to give Korean shoppers an adrenaline rush of happy summer feelings. ACT CRAAAAZY AND BUY TONS OF WATERMELONS! IT’S THE SUMMER!!!! *Simon and Martina buy 30*

Anyways, I think we now have a love-hate relationship with these cicadas. If there is one important message we want to get across about these creatures, it’s HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGH!

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  1. I just laughed so hard oh my gosh. Especially the ending ahahahah

  2. They are in Italy too but the italian ones aren’t as loud as the Japanese ones. Also there are more of them in Japan. Summer is so crazy there. At night, the sound was peaceful and mysterious.

  3. I saw them while I was in Japan, they’re huge!

  4. I hate cicadas. We get them in our front yard every summer and I know when it’s time to wake up when they begin to screech. My mom sprays them with a hose to make them shut up.

  5. OMG You guys are so cute!! kk I really love watching your videos. 

  6. haha we have those in texas too. but i don’t know if it’s a mexican thing or if we just don’t pronounce it right because we say it differently haha

  7. Nadine Janzen

    I got a head ache the moment this video started

  8. Holly Channells

    Following the choo-choo train of E’s to the jackpot.

  9. Maybe i’m missing something :X are you guys still having TL:DR every Thursday? or is there a change in schedule.

  10. We have these little bugs in Australia, too. 
    GIve them a hot, dry summers day, and they’ll be out in force.
    You get used to them though, without them it just doesn’t feel like summer.

  11. You guys are so funny! Glad i found this site. =) My first Eat Your Kimchi video was the GD&TOP baby good night one because i had a huge QUESTION MARK in my mind after i saw that…and reappearing images of whatever the hell he dropped in the champagne. anyway, keep up the great work!

  12. “…we bout to get swarmed by MC Cicada” haha love it!!

  13. Although there’s cicadas in my backyard in summer, I never tough the korean ones would be so anoing… Oh was I wrong XD! Everything I filmed in my trip to Seoul turned out being a loud EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Kendall Murray

    I live in the southeastern US and we have cicadas every summer.  They’re not particular to Asia or anyting.  I hardly notice them.  Maybe it’s because I’ve lived here all my life but they’re very easy for me to ignore.  I usually only take note if it’s a summers night and they’re NOT making noise. :D

  15. Anonymous

    I think it’s funny. MC Cicada. They never annoyed me, but I thought it was pretty funny when they would randomly fall out of the sky and hit the ground with a “thud” like sound and you would see their little legs all wiggling.

  16. Anonymous

    I think it’s funny. MC Cicada. They never annoyed me, but I thought it was pretty funny when they would randomly fall out of the sky and hit the ground with a “thud” like sound and you would see their little legs all wiggling.

  17. Anonymous

    yeah, i agree they’re annoying (we have them here, just…..rather more spread out.)

    However, i have to disagree a bit: I still think mosquitos are the most annoying insect.  I’ll admit, if i didn’t attract them as much, i might not think it was so bad, but there are far too many times where i’ll just go out for less than five minutes (and no, i’m not exaggerating this, at all–i’ve actually timed it)  and i’ll come in and within minutes i’ve found like ten mosquito bites. that’s about the norm, when the mosquitos are out–i only consider it really bad once they hit 25 or so.
    this is why i spend almost all my time indoors, and why I wear pants even in the summer. >.< unfortunately, that doesn't always work….i got a mosquito bite through my jeans today.

  18. Anonymous

    yeah, i agree they’re annoying (we have them here, just…..rather more spread out.)

    However, i have to disagree a bit: I still think mosquitos are the most annoying insect.  I’ll admit, if i didn’t attract them as much, i might not think it was so bad, but there are far too many times where i’ll just go out for less than five minutes (and no, i’m not exaggerating this, at all–i’ve actually timed it)  and i’ll come in and within minutes i’ve found like ten mosquito bites. that’s about the norm, when the mosquitos are out–i only consider it really bad once they hit 25 or so.
    this is why i spend almost all my time indoors, and why I wear pants even in the summer. >.< unfortunately, that doesn't always work….i got a mosquito bite through my jeans today.

  19. Cristian Illanes

    Hahaha, really funny video. Those Cicadas are really annoying!!

  20. In fact, in my country there is the sound of cicadas, too. (Or maybe another kind of insect that sounds the same as cicadas, even louder) And it is the signal of summer’s coming. And I have been listening to it since the day I was born so … I kinda got used to it LOL
    Poor you guys.
    Yes, DUMBLEDORE is wayyyyyy better (in a Harry Potter’s fan’s mind) than Gandalf LOLLLLL

  21. oh we have cicadas here too ^^

  22. hahahaha …damn cicada!!!….i hate you!!! jajajajajaja…that noise….

  23. hahahaha …damn cicada!!!….i hate you!!! jajajajajaja…that noise….

  24. A cicada broke into my house two days ago! American Cicadas suck too…

  25. A cicada broke into my house two days ago! American Cicadas suck too…

  26. A cicada broke into my house two days ago! American Cicadas suck too…

  27. Ah I don’t miss those buggers… when i lived in Washington, DC, periodical cicadas were everywhere! Apparently they breed every 17 years in the East Coast.  I was so glad when they all died… (For more: http://dc.about.com/cs/weather/a/cicadas.htm)

  28. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  29. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  30. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  31. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  32. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  33. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  34. awww…well i live in the US, NC state and we have a few of them in my back yard….but the sad thing is.. or maybe the goos thing…..i never see them alive…only dead and dry ones are the ones i get to see because we have many cicada killer wasps around here as well……

  35. I hear that when I go to sleep every night. You get used to it. I only notice it when people point it out. All through the year they make that noise.

  36. Thankfully I live in the middle of the desert in Utah, so Cicadas don’t bother us here like they used to out East :)

  37. Died on the shots reference, you guys are hilarious. Also funny that you do the cicada club thing because there is a group/person called cicada that does electro songs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT3B1EN4rXc tired of listening to the beginning skip to 1:30 :)

  38. Anonymous

    I call them nature’s rainstick. I road tripped to Dallas, TX and near my friend’s house they made noise like a wave of people wielding rainsticks. It was SO loud. Then a week later I was in Nashville, TN and they were JUST getting over their 13 year cicadas (one of the biggest cycles/Broods XIX) and it was even louder! 

  39. i live in NYC and i hate them!! they are soo annoying and noisy!!!

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