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How To Die in Korea

February 13, 2014

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Ah yes, the good old fashion over the top title to draw people into our terrifying video about not very common deathly occurrences! OOOOHHHHHHHHH feeeeel the feeeaaarrrr! Truthfully, we’re more afraid of taxi drivers and food delivery guys on bikes then we are at meeting a deadly korean non-human. As we already mentioned in the video, the creatures we talked about are not common throughout Korea, but only appear in particular areas.

When it comes to the jellyfish aka 해파리 they are actually becoming a problem in Korea. It seems there is a massive infestation of them taking over the waters, both the poisonous jellyfish and the harmless ones, and Korea has even deployed a water robot whose sole purpose is killing jellyfish! Whoa. Now, mind you, not a lot of deaths have been reported from jellyfish attacks, but recently an 8 year old girl sadly died of severe stings. Scary! I’m curious if those of you living near the ocean in Korea have seen any of these jellyfish? Side note: I mistyped “jellyfish” a few times as “hellyfish” and I see no difference.

Ok, this next point is going to be a bit of a discussion point here, because we were all speaking with each other about this topic, and we started talking about how Korea drinks more than any other country, and then Soo Zee mentioned that it’s been scientifically proven that if you eat AFTER you get drunk you’ll stay drunk longer, while we argued, THAT’S SO NOT TRUE, because we’ve always been like “we’re drunk! Get greasy food in our stomaches to stop the madness!” So that’s a point of contention.

But then the real discussion happened when we started talking about drinking water while you eat. Supposedly, it’s really bad for you to drink with your meal. So, if you have a bite of something, then you drink a sip of water, it’s bad for your stomach, but if you drink a glass of water AFTER your meal, rather than DURING your meal, it’s better. We’ve had this discussion with a bunch of different Korean people. They’ve all said it’s not good for digestion, which we don’t understand. We were eating soup before, and when we’d take a sip of water we’d be told that it’s not good for us…but why? Soup is 90 percent water! You’re just making it a bit waterier in your stomach, that’s all! And wouldn’t drinking water with your meal just make it soup, then? Or is eating soup bad for you? I don’t understand.

This isn’t just a Korean perspective, either. My sister’s husband is Jamaican, and I remember having the same discussion with their family years ago. So maybe it’s just a Jamaican and Korean thing? Or do more people believe that as well? Any doctors here? A real certifieded doctor? What say you? I have a feeling this is a silly superstition, kind of like how we were raised with a deathly fear of fish bones, and we were told that you could choke and die if you eat a fishbone, while Korean people eat them with their fish all the time.

Otherwise, really, Korea’s a pretty safe place. Gun violence is unheard of. Muggings are unheard of. I’m sure you can find one or two examples of it if you try hard enough, but it’s not as easy to find as, say, school shootings in the US. There aren’t earthquakes here or tornados. There is occasional flooding during monsoon season, and one particular one a couple of years ago killed something close to 70 people, but that’s the exception rather than the norm, you know? The biggest causes of death in Korea aren’t really from external forces. Suicide is the highest cause of death in people under 40, while cancer is supposedly the biggest killer over all.

Oh, that and fan death.

Also, HOLY HELL! How did we forget to talk about the deadliness of Yellow Dust? I actually don’t know if it’s deadly or not. Do people die of yellow dust? I just know that it’s more difficult to breathe, but that’s kind of like a natural disaster thingy to beware of, I guess?

So that’s it for this week’s TL;DR! Subscribe for more videos so we can teach you how not to die in Korea. It’s important! Your life depends on it. Or don’t subscribe…but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

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  1. So concerning the water during a meal thing, i had been told that COLD water during your meal is bad for you because the food you eat usually has some kind of oil in it, be it vegetable oil, olive oil, butter, margarine, etc. Well if you drink cold water it will somewhat solidify that oil and be harder to digest and not only that but the lining of your stomach becomes more oily. So i’ve been told to drink warm water after a meal.

    3 years ago
  2. Okay, where are these giant hornets and how can I never encounter one ever? I’m allergic enough to regular stings kthxbye

    Really though, are they something you could encounter on a leisurely hike..?

    3 years ago
  3. Oooh! I remember that scene from “You’re Beautiful”. :3 Jang Geun Suk was all zoned out with the earphones of DOOM (hehehe) in, and when a guy tried to warn him by pointing and waving, he just waved back…

    3 years ago
  4. In Denmark we have like way too many jellyfish – small harmless ones (in deeper waters we have some who sting but they’re not very often at the beaches) butt our neighbour countries often ask us why we’re not scared of them and it’s just like – they’re so small and we can’t avoid them, and they’re sorta cute too xD

    3 years ago
  5. this is my biggest worry; i want to go to Korea, but i am gluten free, whith wheat allergy, and that Vegan place won’t be much help for me, bc i’m also allergic to a TON of fruits and veggies. i am pretty sure if i get to go, i’ll have to stick to Japanese sashimi and white rice with kimchi :/

    3 years ago
  6. You mean you don’t remember “Hop on Pop” by Dr. Seuss?!? That was one of my favorites as a kid. The idea seemed spectacularly fun.

    3 years ago
  7. I’m allergic to gluten as well, and it REALLY sucks. *^* Seriously, I have to check every lable on all my food, and eating out? You’d have an easier time just cooking the stuff yourself.

    3 years ago
  8. I’m currently a nursing student and the only (medical) condition I could think of for the not drinking water during meals is when you have dumping syndrome. Yes it’s a legit condition where you have partial or all of your stomach removed and it interrupts how your stomach empties into the small intestine. Here’s a link to WebMD.
    http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/dumping-syndrome-causes-foods-treatments?page=2
    Although I doubt most Koreans have had their stomach surgically removed…

    3 years ago
  9. I felt like I was watching a game show. As soon as you said wild boar I instantly thought of You’re Beautiful. I kept screaming at the screen “It’s You’re Beautiful! Come on Simon! Really?!?!”

    And it is a bit scary to live in the US. Nature has this thing against us lately. I live in the northeast but right now my uncle who lives in South Carolina (a state that freaks out at a .1 millimeter dusting of snow) has about a foot and a half. It’s like their whole society shut down…which is a bad thing, but I can’t help but chuckle. Whimps lol.

    3 years ago
    • I do understand that. I’m merely someone who lives in a climate where that doesn’t even begin to describe a bad winter. I meant it strictly as a joke and nothing more, and I’m sorry if I offended you in any way.

      3 years ago
  10. So that means i have fartacles all over my house……..

    3 years ago
  11. Farticles.

    3 years ago
  12. I seem to be the only one non affected by this xD

    3 years ago
  13. I’m sorry Simon, but I’m with Martina on this one!
    LOTR 4 LYFE!

    (I know he doesn’t dislike it, but you know)

    3 years ago
  14. Before I clicked on the link I thought “what an interesting idea”. Aaaaaaand imagine my surprise. *Of course* I would think it was an interesting idea…
    I probably should have mentioned in my original question that the things that can kill you in the US aren’t all the time in all the places. But hey.
    Thank you it was an entertaining post and so was the discussion.

    3 years ago
  15. I think we have those giant hornets in Sweden too… Here they’re called “målbål” which sounds the same as well.

    3 years ago
  16. Here in Perú, taxi drivers are the worst. You will probably die from a car accident rather than any illness u.u

    About drinking while eating. Well I don’t know about the soup thing but, I’m a med student, and I know that it IS bad for digestion. Why? because eating and drinking have two dfferents types of ‘diggestion’. The liquids just go through the stomach directly to the large intestine, while the food go to the stomach to be degraded. So, if you eat and drink at the same time you’re making your stomach work and stop, work and stop. Because yeah for the liquids to pass, the stomach must stop moving so much so it can go through D: .. (yeah the stomach moves around to degrade the food u.u) I hope that helps D:
    Still I eat and drink because I like it u.u , though it is not the best way, but it won’t kill you ;)

    3 years ago
  17. My mum is a nurse and she said that it is bad to drink water while your at cause the stuff that digests flow away? Idk but mum said that drinking soup with rice is one of Korea’s bad habits.

    3 years ago
  18. Bajan here. It is more of an older people thing I think. My family never had a no drinking water during eating rule but I know others who did. I hated eating at their houses because it felt like I was choking.

    3 years ago
  19. Love the length of this video, even though it was long, was not bored at all!

    3 years ago
  20. me too- I have food allergies and drink mostly decaf too. That vegan place from last week looked kind of promising. I am scared I won’t be able to eat out at all if I go to Korea.

    3 years ago
  21. My uncle Eric Lawson was the Marlboro Man in the 80s! Its so funny that you mentioned that because he just died last week from emphysema… awkward. Any-who stay away from fans at night, I’ll take my rattlesnakes any day!!

    3 years ago
  22. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife <—- Just if Simon and Martina ever want some…er… light reading ;)

    P.s I loved this tl;dr, learnt new things :) You guys are awesome as always

    3 years ago
  23. HA, when I first read the title, I though this was going to be about funerals and estate matters. What does that say about me?

    3 years ago
  24. By the way, Martina looks stunning in this video.

    3 years ago
  25. Yeah…I’m really fed up with living in the US with the amount of violence and ignorance here. I don’t know if it’s better/worse elsewhere, but its starting to feel like there are school shootings, mall shootings, and movie theater shootings all the time now. It’s terrifying. Everyone is caught up in fighting over gun rights and gun safety instead of trying to fix our society, if that’s even possible, honestly I don’t know if it is. I feel like we’re too far gone with the amount of poverty/crime/gangs to really “fix” anything.

    I’ve been told that if you live anywhere near a certain gang, they initiate members by having them murder someone. They choose a victim by driving with their headlights off and wait for someone to give them a courtesy flash, then they have to follow and kill them. Or they’ll try to put things by the side of the road that looks like a box of puppies or an injured animal or something and kill someone who pulls over…This is what I’ve been told, and thankfully I don’t live close enough to those areas, so I should be safe, but I don’t think I will ever give a courtesy flash if I see someone driving without headlights. I live in NJ though, and I’ve seen Camden which is one of the most dangerous cities in the US. It looks like a deserted wasteland…but there are families with children and there are schools in these conditions….why aren’t we trying to help the people who need it before they end up in crime too.

    There’s a new “game” that’s been popping up lately called “knockout” where teenage (I think) thugs will randomly punch strangers for no reason at all. They will punch the elderly, children, men, women, anyone.

    With the amount of violence here I can’t even fathom that there is a place like South Korea where you don’t have to fear for your life every time you leave the house. Luckily I don’t live in a city or an area of poverty, so for the most part I’m okay…but I also never walk anywhere alone, ever. I only drive, and I hate having to buy groceries alone because even if I’m far away from gangs, I could still be surrounded by kidnappers/rapists/murderers. On my own college campus, I couldn’t walk a few feet from my class to my dorm without being harassed and cursed at by random guys, just because I walked by. Whenever I go to the movie theater, I sit in my seat and wonder if in the middle of the movie, a psycho will jump up and start shooting us all. I’m especially paranoid of midnight releases now, or going when the theater will be most crowded. The body of a murdered woman was found in the woods behind a mall only 5 minutes from my home….like WHAT THE F**** USA GET YOUR S*** TOGETHER!!!

    3 years ago
  26. I hated the delivery guys in Seoul! I mean they were going on a sidewalks!? I often felt like punching their faces for being so ignorant… In Japan bicycles are concidered pretty much the same as cars (usually you are not allowed to ride on the sidewalk and you use the left side like cars) so having bikes among people in Korea!?! Ugh… I was scared of them and the cars in Hongdae.
    I’m so happy I haven’t seen any hornets here in Japan… But spring is coming… D:

    3 years ago
  27. lol the person who asked the question forgot to mention earthquakes…. but the cool thing bout ‘MURRICA is that you get to pick your poison in a way: dangers are sort of region locked [like a 3DS! :D]
    as for the farticles…. I think this came up on Bones, or some other decent TV show, and it’s not farticles so much as tiny bits of turd that come flying up and out of the toilet. put shit on your eye -> infection

    3 years ago
  28. TL;DR request: What is your process of filming? I don’t mean what camera do you use (yup, in the FAQ) but how do you set things up? What do you guys keep poking at when somethings goes wrong during Music Mondays? How long does it usually take to film a segment?

    3 years ago
  29. The water thing is um… comes from a bunch of sources? I heard a bunch of people say it in a “Grandma says…” sort of way. Then you get a bunch of hippie food psychos who say it is bad for you. From what I can gather, people say it is bad since most HOT foods have lots of oils in it. If you are eating the food hot, the fats and oils are in liquid form and are happily digested. I guess drinking water, would imply that it is cold, making the fats solid, confusing the stomach. So if you drink something hot tea is suggests. It is kind-of a lot of crap to me.

    I have to agree with Soozee with the eating after drinking is worse thing. I thought I was imagining it, but the first hangover I had was at an office party. I drank with little to eat, so on my last drink I thought “My God! I’ll eat a slice of pizza- that’s responsible” FIRST HANGOVER EVER!

    3 years ago
  30. Australia’s not that bad! (In reference to the shark comment). Very few people are attacked by sharks. It’s always national news here if someone even gets a close encounter with a shark, let alone is actually attacked. We’re safe, I promise!

    3 years ago
  31. I’ve been told it’s bad to drink water while you eat too. Something to do with digestion idk I always have a glass after I’ve eaten. Wow those hornets look scary omg I don’t like anything that flies so why add a stinger to a flying insect? why nature why?!?! I think we have wild boar in the UK too but they’re like in the middle of nowhere, there might be stories of them coming across country villages. I remember a while ago there was an outbreak of the false widow spider and people getting bitten and having their legs amputated or something. There’s also the adder, which I nearly came in close contact with whilst at primary school. Apart from that I can’t think of anything else natural that can be deadly, apart from weather, we are having terrible floods right now and the rain isn’t letting up so it’s only going to get worse :/

    3 years ago
  32. Koreans seem to be able to eat crazy spicy food while drinking a paltry amount of water from tiny cups while I’m there drinking a giant jug. Don’t ask me how as I have no idea O.O

    3 years ago
  33. Okay! I live in Kansas. Yes the “Tornado state” I’ve yet to see one. Tornados are 98% if the time in the plains PLUS! We are not even in tornado valley! @.@ Recluse spiders are in wooded areas, just be careful while hunting or camping. Crocs are hardly in the US. Alligators are in the South. Yes, they can be in residential areas but, they are like shark attacks… Not to common though they are aggressive. Earthquakes happen but I not often. Normally they’re tiny ones. Our biggest threat is terrorism, murders, drunk drivers, cancer,and the occasional hurricane. That’s what I fear here. Not anything else beyond that really…. Though I don’t care about hurricanes. Im land locked. We have more to fear about Vending Machines than a Hurricane. Really. It’s illegal to kick a vending machine in Kansas. ………… Imma badass now for trying to get my Twinkie.

    3 years ago
  34. We have the Portuguese man-of-war in Miami. You only see the top part of them which is about 1foot (30cm) but the tentacles float under/beside it and can get up to 165 ft (50m) long. They are hard to spot, and often wash up on beaches and have caused drownings. At least those Korean jellyfish are easy to spot.

    Reference to give people nightmares: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/portuguese-man-of-war/

    3 years ago
  35. I’m pretty much afraid of everything, so I just noped really hard hearing about this stuff. I mean here it’s kinda safe, all you gotta worry about is the occasional flooding, tsunamis, the scary ocean, and lava. Oh and the stupid people. Seriously I’m always iffy around cars especially when I have to cross the street, so if I ever went to Korea I’d be on edge the whole time.

    3 years ago
  36. Ok.. so Im.. just so you – DAMN. I hate alot of things.
    ONE – sharks. They are scary freakn things. Jaws destroyed my childhood …………:) I just hear that stupid Darum.. Darum.. Darum Darum Darum Darum Daruduruuuum. Its not good when your out swiming, and starts to hear this damn thing in your head – N E E D T O G E T T O L A N D F A S T!!!!!
    TWO – every flying little thing in the world. Hate stuff that looks creapy and flies…. :( I get so much in panickingmode! :O
    Something happened when I was young, because when I was really young I didnt care – but now. Hate them. Those hornets – NO! I dont want to know :/ I cant even dare myself to look them up ;)

    3 years ago
  37. I was raised to belive that it is very unhealty to eat (dry food) with out drinking something. I had dinner with my aunt yesterday and she basically forced me to drink a cup of tea after our meal. But maybe it is just my families opinion. I am from Latvia (little country between Russia and Baltic sea), and the most deadliest thing in winter here is snow blocks and/or icicles falling from the rooftops.

    3 years ago
  38. I never noticed that I always seem to drink after my meals most of the time. I don’t know if it’s because of digestive reasons or because eating flavourful food needs to be completly washed down at the end of the meal.

    However, I’ve eaten really spicy food and had to keep drinking during the meal, and I will admit, my stomach felt off later in the day… Maybe it is true about drinking after a meal…

    3 years ago
  39. I just realised: It’s a miracle that i am still alive (♪ i’m still alive! ♪)

    Squirrel fact: i was in the UK and i was like “oh cute look a squirre. Come here ♥ !” and my english friend was like “What the f*** RUN!!”
    Because in Germany we have red squirrels which are so cute and lovely not aggressive and now: the bad squirrels are coming to europe and kill the red cuties!!

    @ Martina!! Have you already shown us your finished tattoo?

    3 years ago
  40. I thought this video was going to be about funerals in Korea. I was wrong…

    3 years ago
  41. OMO! I haven’t even watched it all yet, I just noticed that Martina is wearing DAESEUNG’S SWEATER FROM G-MARKET!!!!! *ahem* sorry got a bit excited there! It is the same elephant sweater but in baby pink rather than blue! <3 <3 <3 (Hmmm, I might know a bit too much about BIGBANG….nahhhh!) ^_^

    3 years ago
  42. I must know, which APink song is aaaaaaalmost a match for MASCULINITY? Hadn’t heard of them before your comment but “Hush” is pretty catchy…..

    3 years ago
    • But can MASCULINITY resist “Traveling” by Utada Hikaru? My husband is no dancer but he can’t resist bopping to this one. Bunny train FTW! Fortunately, I may be an engineer but I don’t have this MASCULINITY problem you speak of ;)

      Cyber_3 – bops down the road to “Lipstick” by Orange Caramel

      3 years ago
      • Ermigawd a fellow Utada Hikaru fan!!!!!! *fangirl moment* Yes, “Traveling” is an awesome and addictive song. And the music video is almost K-pop level in terms of odd colorful awesomeness.

        3 years ago
  43. The “Nope” one? It’s from Block B’s MV “Very Good” :) Simon and Martina actually reviewed it a while back somewhere.

    3 years ago
  44. I love Attack on Titan!!! Its sooo good! <3

    3 years ago
  45. Hey everyboy scared of Merica…. I live in that land, and I don’t have scary things because it is not all the same. I live in New England and we don’t really have any poisonous bugs, snakes, etc. We have snow storms (which people don’t usually die of) and rain and sunshine and happiness.. and oh… ticks I suppose are the only annoying thing but they are just gross and don’t really kill you. But there are no ocean-dwelling killing beasts, and maybe there is some obscure wildlife like bears but nowhere near anywhere I have ever seen/been. It’s all good, kids. Depends on where you are.

    Regarding water and digestion… I am not a doctor but a certifiable NURSE (whoo) and we never ever learned anything about it being bad. Really it wouldn’t make any sense for water to be “bad” for digestion and not five million other things. Different foods are acidic and basic and your body adjusts as it goes to digest properly… why wouldn’t it adjust for water?

    3 years ago
  46. Wow those hornets *shivers*. I always drink milk or water during a meal because I’m raised to believe it’s healthiest to drink while eating. What is this? Now I don’t know what’s the best way to drink. :()

    3 years ago
  47. As someone who has gamed all his life, no truer words have been spoken than Martina’s depiction of Final Fantasy (and any J-RPG), and for that I applaud you.

    3 years ago
  48. There was an interesting Documentary called United Stats of America. The first episode was about what would kills us. The animal to be afraid of is actually Bambi. More people die from an accident of hitting a deer than any other animal attack. Next time you’re in the good US of A, just keep an eye out for Bambi.

    I think the leading cause of death in Korea has to be the Truck of Doom. That truck tends to kill characters left and right in KDramaland.

    3 years ago
    • This is off topic and kinda late, but I noticed this if you took that scene and take a close up:

      3 years ago
  49. Giant jelly(helly)fish, wild boars, giant wasps (…hornets), and crazy taxi drivers; all very terrifying and yet I think that we know that most of our concern and fear should be directed towards fans…cause they cray and they gon kill you

    Scurry stuff right there. O_O

    3 years ago
  50. Just found this on Pinterest… O_o … NOPE!!!

    3 years ago
  51. I love Martina’s sweater :DDD

    3 years ago
  52. Hahaha I’m going to make notes in my travels books about the “dangers” of Korea now. Also, we actually have wild boars/hogs in Texas. Is there a difference between Hogs and Boars? I know that in the town my Uncle used to live in, a bunch of guys killed one that weighed about 800 lbs. They are pretty scary.

    3 years ago
  53. I am from the United States, and my family does not drink anything during meals, we drink a full glass of water before each meal, and then another glass after. We are probably just weird, but it does help keep us…”regular,” and it helps keep us full so it is also a health thing as well!

    3 years ago
  54. In regards to the drinking water during a meal, I have a decent amount of insight. My mother is a certified nutritionist and has a masters degree in wholistic nutrition. She’s been studying food and natural approaches to medicine and disease prevention through food and lifestyle changes. According to her (and the many sources she’s gotten it from), it is best to drink water (or any other beverage) either 30 minutes before a meal, or 2 hours after the meal. Supposedly it helps in the digestion process for a number of reasons. I’ve been practicing it for several years now and I can honestly say I can tell a difference when I follow this and when I don’t. Granted, it’s not BAD for you to drink during a meal, but it’s not optimal.

    3 years ago
    • My mom always told me that and I always do that and I really feel different when I’m drinking water between the meal

      3 years ago
  55. I think of this as being the dumb ways to die the eyk edition. Love it :)

    3 years ago
  56. I’m going to side with the Mayo Clinic on the water during a meal thing. http://www.mayoclinic.org/digestion/expert-answers/faq-20058348

    I’d imagine that as long as you’re well hydrated throughout the day then you’ll be fine, regardless of what you do during a meal. Unless you’re teasing giant hornets. I wonder if they’re anything like our hornets. You leave them alone and they’ll happily do their own thing.

    3 years ago
  57. I love caterpillars! XD
    I remember I found some not very big and not brightly coloured but very fluffy ones, and touched them, even shoved a couple into my pocket ‘for further inspection’ at home! lol
    Bad move! I got some red pimples all over my palms soon after, that were itchy and a tiny bit painful for a week I guess. I didn’t tell mom that I got an issue either >.<
    I just googled wtf was that (cos I was poditive I won't die from those lil things) and it happened to be the broken hairs of a cuterpillar that caused my hands to become like this. So later when I touched those cuterpillars again, without breaking their hair, I was fine! ;P

    3 years ago
  58. Not to be that person, but isn’t it Jang Geun Seok in You’re Beautiful, not Taecyeon?

    3 years ago
    • Taekyung is his characters name in You’re Beautiful.

      3 years ago
      • Oh gosh, you’re right! I misheard his name and got confused^^; Thanks for clearing that up!

        3 years ago
  59. There’s so much that can kill you in the south. Alligators, black bears, my state has almost every poisonous snake, spiders, gangs, drunk drivers(but who doesn’t have to deal with that?), deer running in front of your car, hurricanes, plant explosions, swine flu(sadly I lost a friend to swine flu in 2009), and idiots who don’t know how to clean their guns properly or store them safely.

    3 years ago
    • you forget escaped cows, stupid people driving Semi’s that don’t see you and didn’t look to see if someone was there… bus drivers.

      3 years ago
    • :) As an Alabamian, Alabama is a lovely place to live, isn’t it? Although you could be describing Florida or South Carolina…

      3 years ago
  60. About the drinking and eating part: I’m from Germany and I’ve also been told it’s better to drink before or after the meal and not in between… However, I had never had any problems before I changed my drinking habits… :)

    3 years ago
  61. I worked at a sub shop a few years ago and there was a regular who refused to buy a drink, even if it made his over all meal cheaper, because it’s bad for digestion. I’m in the states, so there must have been an article published on it worldwide for so many people to say the same thing.

    3 years ago
  62. On Water and the Meal
    1. I’m sure, if you drink water BEFORE your meal, you’ll eat less (<– for those dieting)
    2. When I have water DURING the meal I feel “heavier”, if it’s the word to discribe that feeling of fullness lol (thus I drink water only after my meal)
    3. I heard drinking warer AFTER the meal helps you to smoothen the ‘ways’ (is it what it’s called? The thing from your throat till your stomach. No? I’m not good with the names of insides xD ) & digest beter~^^

    3 years ago
    • You feel heavier because the water helps satisfy your stomach, and so, you eat less. I drink water during my meal (to avoid choking) and after to help the digestion. Actually, I’m sick if I don’t do that so I don’t really understand this “legend” (I don’t know how to call it xD)
      And, the thing from the throat to the stomach is the
      esophagus ;)

      3 years ago
  63. About the water drinking during your meal- I’ve read on lots of websites that it is bad for digestion. Not sure of the physiology behind it. But maybe if you’ve been eating that way your whole life you’ve gotten used to it?

    And about the jellyfish- i heard that wearing pantyhose might protect you against jellyfish stings. But umm…who would go swimming with those on? lol

    3 years ago
  64. Oh, I remember on the news here in Canada they did a story about those killer wasps in China! I would be terrified of those things!! They are huge!!!
    I find when it comes to dangerous animals though you always get used to what is in your own town, but are afraid of the animals you don’t know. I remember catching black widow spiders in jars growing up on my grandparents farm. But if I bring a friend from out of town and they see one they act like it’s a bear ready to maul them and won’t go near them XD

    3 years ago
  65. I heard that drinking when eating disturbs saliva glands in your mouth. They produce less saliva.

    3 years ago
  66. does korea have hailstorms? I know we have it here in hawaii (oahu) occasionally. Although not so much in the city but more in the countryside-ish. Those friggin iceballs can kill you!!! D:

    3 years ago
  67. I live in Texas in a small country town and we have to worry about Rattlesnakes, scorpions, black widow spiders, brown recluse spiders, tarantulas as big as my hand, Copperheads, Cottonmouths, red wasps, Yellow Jackets, African Honey Bees, regular honey bees, wild boars that get up to 900lbs and more, alligators, alligator snapping turtles, porcupines, skunks (they are really really bad here, i work at night and we have to do the buddy system when we go outside at night because they are everywhere LITERALLY!!!) , alligator gar, 200+lbs. giant catfish ( I kid you not these suckers get huge like as big as cars out at the lake thats a 30 min drive from my home) raccoons, possums, foxes (red and silver kind), coyotes, bobcats, deer, armadillos (they hiss and will chase you sometimes, lol I know because I got chased by one because it was in the tall grass by the side of my house and i almost stepped on it!!!), and one of the scariest things we have are mountain lions. 0_O’ Its scary here in Texas, lol.

    3 years ago
    • You named a whole bunch of animals that could not possibly harm you…skunks? Raccoons? Foxes? None of these animals would attempt to harm a human. Are you a tiny rodent or something? If so, please post a video of yourself adorably scampering across the keyboard to type this post.

      3 years ago
      • And its not like any animal actively seeks out humans to cause harm its people who are careless and therefore put themselves unknowingly in harms way.

        3 years ago
      • rabies honey, and raccoons are actually really aggressive, foxes kill cats chickens and just about anything that is fair game to them and they carry rabies, rabies is bad in this part and all these animals carry them. the skunk thing is because skunks here where I live are the ones who are infected with it the most and being sprayed at close range by skunks can cause temporary blindness. I listed deer because they attack people more than you realize, and they cause a big majority of accidents in the country side. catfish because people have been killed by trying to be dumb butts and noodle for these and the fish drowns them cuz it clamps on the arm and wont let go and is way to big to handle so before you go off being a smart ass please realize that i had reasons for posting what i did and it wasnt just listing random animals!

        3 years ago
    • I grew about five minutes from the Texas border in Louisiana. We had everything but the African Honey Bees, coyotes and scorpions when I left five years ago. In place, we have both red and black wasps, fire ants, and cow ants. Oh, and let’s not forget the Sabine River itself. If all the gar, gators, snapping turtles and snakes don’t get you the undercurrent will. The scariest thing, though, is the city water.

      3 years ago
  68. Hmm I went to Miyajima but never saw those signs. Did see the signs that the deer there will steal yo stuff or bite. And in a city near a body of water I did see some signs to watch out for Kappa demons.

    3 years ago
    • I think I went about halfway up the mountain. We were only there for an afternoon and if we wanted to go up and down the mountain we basically had to keep walking and never stop. So we went to a few temples and stopped about halfway up. Also had blisters on my feet so wasn’t really in the mood to make the trek all the way to the top haha.

      3 years ago
  69. It’s only certain parts in America that you can die because of a blizzard, hurricanes and tornadoes…just live on the west coast. Then you only have to worry about earthquakes!
    Really though, you should have your drinks after your meal. My dad always told me that the food was more important and the drink was a type of reward for finishing……idk about that logic though……

    3 years ago
  70. As much as I love Simon, games and Final Fantasy: Simon you are wrong mcwrongpants. Lord of the Rings is better!

    But yeah I don’t do well with insects that like to get up all in yo grill, even less so when they are the size of your thumb and even more so when entomoligist expert Simon isn’t sure if they are wasps or hornets!!

    And not sure about the drinking bit. Here it is pretty common to have something to drink while you eat. Maybe not always water but wine, soft drink, juice whatever.

    3 years ago
  71. Heh, not a K-drama fan but I remember an author I like “recounting” that particular drama years ago on her livejournal, think I laughed for 20 solid minutes reading it http://sarahtales.livejournal.com/189054.html

    3 years ago
  72. The topic about suicide rates gives me a lot to think…it’s not the first time I hear about it… but it’s also a very sensitive topic…even though I’m curious about what you think about it…

    3 years ago
  73. Hahah America honestly does seem to be the most terrifyingly dangerous place to live! *I live in Ontario* and when I was watching a documentary about spider bites in America I was so afraid to go there ever! A spider randomly crawls in your shoe, you put your shoe on and it bites your and then you could die if you don’t make it to the hospital in time! That is a girls worst nightmare! But otherwise Korea sounds wonderfully safe just like Ontario so I am happy that is somewhere I will be moving to in a couple months! :D Other then the ocean… man sized jelly fish sound intense.

    3 years ago
  74. Actually, we also have this kind of wasp (or hornet) in France. They came from China years ago and now, they are spreading all over the country. And I know how scary they are because there was a nest in the tree near my grandparents’ house and another one in the rooftop.

    Anyway, thank you for reminding me why I HATE the sea! Seriously, man-size jellyfish! *hide under my bed*

    3 years ago
  75. Haha! Australians are fine – we’re more likely to die in car crashes than from any of the deadly animals in Australia, including sharks [although there was something on the news tonight about crocodiles being able to climb trees so… bit creepy].

    By the way, what’s it like watching the Olympics in Korea? Are people really into it? I was watching when Lee Sang Hwa won last night! Woot! I’m loving watching the winter olympics – it makes me feel nice and cold in this awful heat! That and I really want to go skiing again soon!

    3 years ago
    • I’m never going up North ever again!!! Not that I’ve been north of Exmouth (Ningaloo reef) but still…

      I was wondering the same thing the other day when my cat decided to take on a snake on our backyard. She’s an old cat but I’ve seen her eat a baby snake before – not that I was going to take any chances. I managed to get her inside but the snake’s taken up residence somewhere close by… eeek!!!

      3 years ago
  76. I’ve only been warned about not drinking water after you eat melon, it’s really really bad for you. (I do not understand why but I do as I am told, just in case).
    About those wasps… Yeah, I have a phobia of wasps and that kind which exists in Korea are spreading in here (Portugal). I’ve had a hive right above my window and had to call the firemen to take it out before I had a severe panic attack, and they’re really dangerous near houses. Apart from that, Portugal isn’t really that dangerous, although you should be careful in big cities, just to be safe. Almost no one carries guns, and our principal cause of death are cardiovascular diseases.

    3 years ago
  77. Lord of the Rings > Final Fantasy. And thanks for the heads up on the wasps, reconsidering my move altogether :<

    3 years ago
  78. *shocked face* WHOA!!!!!!!!! man sized jellyfish!!! never heard of or saw them before!!
    okay i’m literally sitting here getting seriously freaked out by the talk of the hornets!! i absolutely HATE those along with wasps and bees!!!! *shudder*
    AHAHAHAHAH Sharknado!!! oh man *wipes tears* the most hilarious and terrible-st movie EVER!!! you’d think a child made it…

    3 years ago
    • oh my goodness never heard of that!! shall google it!
      sounds like it’s also from Syfy!

      Syfy has just GOT to be the crappiest channel ever!! like my last comment, it’s like the movies and stuff were invented by kids!!

      3 years ago
  79. I live in Daegu but my first job was just outside of Daegu on a mountain. All of the teachers at my school lived in the dorm on our school campus and at night I wiuld hear the squeals of the wild boar right across from where we were staying. I saw one once in the distan e when I was taking a walk. Also, we had a bit of an infestation of them at one point so our school admin basically put us on a curfew and warn us not to go outside after dark. If we did have to go outsode for some reason they told us to take an umbrella with us and if we saw a boar to open and close it really quickly
    ..apprently it was supposed to scare them off But honestly, it just became a HUGE joke to all.of the foreign teachers who lived there. I”m pretty sure that the school never told the students’ parents…because ya know, saving face and all.

    Also, apparently there are a couple different types of poisonous snakes in Korea (I can’t remember what kind though).

    3 years ago
  80. Good TL;DR, very informative. That jellyfish is scary! This week was just a leetle bit more rambling/tangent-y than ideal though, I got lost a few times.

    If I could STOP my young son from jumping on my bed first thing in the morning, I would totally do it. I think it’s instinctual. Nothing short of a water canon 10 days in a row is going to stop him. Seriously, why won’t kids stop? I will try to leash him near the elderly though from now on ;)

    The “not drinking (water) during a meal” thing is because the water dilutes your stomach acids, thereby making your body make MORE acid in order to digest the food properly. More acid in the system is not good, leads to heartburn and diarrhea, etc. It’s hard not to drink when you start but you get used to it and the drink after the meal is that much more refreshing. I think that if you’re drinking wine or apple juice (acidic juice) with your meal, it’s not so bad as water. Maybe soup is okay because there are less solids consumed to digest overall?

    3 years ago
    • You know, I felt we rambled a bit as well. We originally planned this video to be 7 minutes or so, but it turned out to be longer.

      Also, does water dilute stomach acids? And would that mean, then, that soup is bad to eat?

      3 years ago
      • Oh, I forgot to say that, I know that you’re trying to inject the LOLs and that that’s why it sometimes goes astray in the videos (and I’m TOTALLY for my LOLs). Maybe if you only tangent once per planned comment, or for less than a minute each time, it would keep it more in a straight line and easier to follow. I don’t know, sometimes we all have those weeks…….I think that you are just settling back into the routine and it will work itself out in the next couple of weeks.

        3 years ago
      • Well, if you think about it, everything that you swallow goes into your stomach where the saliva/bile/etc. breaks it down. If you have water with your meal (which ideally, shouldn’t be so dry or spicy that you are chugging water with it), it will arrive in your stomach at the same time and will dilute the acid in your stomach, thereby rendering it less effective, this is where your gallbladder then pumps in extra bile to compensate, because you want that food digested properly before it moves on. If you drink water AFTER your meal, most of the digestion will have happened before the water gets there so it doesn’t have as much of an effect. I already learned this earlier but I really noticed a difference after I had my gallbladder removed (sigh). I am able to tolerate spicy food (which I love!) and other noms better, if I drink after the meal or precede it with some fruit (especially acidic fruit). It’s not an old wives’ tale as far as I can tell but as kids, we tend to drink more with meals because a) we don’t drink enough outside of meals and b) we don’t always like the food we have to eat so it becomes a habit when we grow up to drink with the meal. As I said in my previous post, I don’t think that soup is bad to eat (I’m not a doctor, I just pretend to have a common sense medical opinion on the internetz) it’s more that soup has less solids to digest so it kind of negates the use for so much acid in the first place.

        BTW, accidentally disturbed a wasps’ nest (actually, yellow jacket hornets – wasps and hornets are the same beast, just people call them different things) with my husband once and we both ended up with over 20 stings even though we both had pants and long sleeves on (he had 60 – he protected me, so sweet!) and it’s really nasty….but only for a day or two and then they’re gone. I guess that I’m lucky that I’m not allergic to stings, I had no idea one way or the other before this happened. It’s definitely undesirable, but you’re likely to survive.

        3 years ago
  81. You forgot to mention fan death XD x x x

    3 years ago
  82. In N.Ireland there’s nothing deadly. No jellyfish, no huge wasps, nothing. We have very bad wind sometimes, but that’s about it. We also have paramilitaries popping up now and then, but they’re really just a danger to themselves.

    Are wild boars actually deadly though? I dunno much about them… except that they’re tasty :P

    3 years ago
    • As much as I know wild boars are dangerous when they have shoats, since they want to protect them – obviously. They can be quite big and heavy too (thus they can slam you down pretty easy when they feel like it haha… x.x) and I think their teeth are no joke either D: As a little kid I was advised what to do when encountering one since we got quite a lot of them in germany. My dad was hit by one while driving home from work in the night, but since he was in the car and the boar ditched it only slightly on the side, nobody was injured and the proud boar-mommi was able to left the spot with her gazillion shoats… xP

      3 years ago
      • My goodness! I’ve just googled them, I didn’t realise they’re so big D: So the boar did damage to your dad’s car? That’s crazy~

        3 years ago
  83. I’m pretty sure there was an episode of “Bones” where she spoke about farticles- although not in those terms. I’ve kept my toothbrush in the cabinet instead of out on the counter and closed the lid ever since.

    3 years ago
    • I remember that episode! Sooo glad I live in France at the moment where it is very common to have a separate room for the toilet^^ Because most people I know and come over to my place just DO NOT close the lid, ever!

      3 years ago
    • I think she might have used the technical term: farticulus aromatus.

      3 years ago
  84. I think the drama “Lie to me” had some of those gigantic wasps. Or they were just wasps.

    3 years ago
    • OOOOooo, that’s why they freaked out so much about the wasps. thanks.

      3 years ago
  85. First thought upon reading “How to Die in Korea?” — fans.

    Farticles, yet another wonderful scientific term I’ve learn from Simon and Martina. And yeah ew, I was eating breakfast.

    3 years ago
  86. The only problem we had with ancestral graves was squirrels hiding their nuts in them. BUT OMG NOW THAT YOU MENTION THE HORNETS…..as we were coming down the mountain there was a giant nest up in the trees and I was just like “oh it’s a wasp nest” and I wasn’t too concerned but now I realised I could have died!!!!

    And one of my husband’s friends is a wild boar hunter!!! That’s a job you can have in the countryside…

    3 years ago
    • Nic- I Just watched your video of your hike to the temple and now I’m wondering if you should’ve been concerned about those hornets. I’m from Florida where we have lots of scary sea creatures and we used to have to avoid backyards cause alligators would crawl up from the canals…

      3 years ago
    • I JUST SAVED YOUR LIFE!

      3 years ago
      • drinking water during meal is bad , but soup or any drinks is okay, just not pure water, Soup and water is diff, example Chicken soup, after cooking it , the soup is not just water, it has all the oil, protein in the soup as well. And also of course someone would die if a fishbone choked us, u guys said Korean eat it, probably those fish don’t have alot/large bone, there are other fish have long and strong bones which can be eat/chew off

        3 years ago
        • I want links to peer-reviewed studies on the water thing. It sounds like pure BS. I’m not saying that it is BS, necessarily, I’m saying that’s what it sounds like. I mean, it takes HOURS for your stomach to digest solid food, so the only difference between drinking water with your meal and after it is that the after-water (boy, does that sound wrong) goes on top of everything you just ate. It’s going to get mixed into the food by the stomach’s churning action anyway, so what’s the difference?

          3 years ago
        • it’s not bullshit, u know that our mouth produce saliva right, saliva helps digesting the food when we were chewing as well, if u drink PURE WATER without any taste, which don’t stimulate our tongue to produce saliva, and also flush all the saliva away from our mouth, and it will also send a signal to our brain like “u have to stop producing TOO MUCH gastric juices in our stomach, u’re not eating anymore”. BUT THEN, u start eating again the next second, ur brain have to tell ur both ur mouth and stomach to function again. It’s just like a machine, try to stop it and start it non-stop, what happen to it? it’s will spoil. But it’s okay to drink PURE WATER after meal because we have stop eating, just let the remain food and “digest agent” to do their work.

          3 years ago
        • Regardless, your information is wrong. Sensory memory continues to hold the flavor of the food in the mind for a good 6 seconds, and your other senses are still taking in the sight and smell of food. This means that your salivary glands will be continuously stimulated until such time as you stop eating. Drinking water intermittently doesn’t put any kind of brake on the digestive process. If you’ve got links that say otherwise, post them.

          Granted, those dealing with weakened digestive tracts may very well be exceptions. That’s no reason for healthy people to follow this old wives’ tale.

          3 years ago
        • and another one
          http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2014-02-12/diet/30433066_1_meals-enough-water-fluid-intake
          or u can go to this my google search
          https://www.google.com/search?q=drinking+water+between+meal+is+bad%3F&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb
          i don’t really know all those scientific things like insulin etc. but im sure drinking water BETWEEN MEAL IS BAD like all these article mentioned, it SLOW DOWN OUR DIGESTION! but not before / after u finished ur meal :)

          3 years ago
        • i think it actually has to do with how you grew up. i’m indian and i eat a lot of spicy food. i know that the best way to deal with spicy food for me is to drink small sip of water during the meal rather than one full cup after the meal or when the spice becomes unbearable which can cause bloating or worse (spice burps – pure torture). of course i’ve been eating this way since i first started eating spicy food so it might just be that my body is used to it since i’ve never had any ill effects and in fact this is the first time i’ve heard of the possibility.
          also i want to put this out there -the body isn’t exactly like a machine. there’s a lot of grey area. things don’t just start and stop. for example the smell of food begins your digestive system by activating your salivory glands. taste may continue it, but if the smell of food is still there, just because the taste of food was removed via a rush of water doesn’t mean the production of gastric juices has stopped.
          say you’re having a long slow meal – like you’re with friends and chatting as well as eating – do you think you’re mouth stops producing saliva because you haven’t eaten anything in five minutes? no because the food is still there and you can smell and see it.
          anyways just wanted to offer my inverse opinion.

          3 years ago
        • i didn’t mean the gastric juice will stop producing but rather it produce as when we’re not eating and slow down the digestion. Honestly, it’s bad for our body, but i didn’t mean you will really die so easily from this, unless the person has an really weak body especailly the stomach part, or people that are really old, digest food more slow than younger people, if they did drink PURE water, after a long time, lots of problem would occur, taking a really smalllllll sip of water might not affect ur digestion, but Simon & Martina said their korean friend told them not to, it’s just because they were told by the elders. I think Korean are not sure about the amout of water that we should not drink during the meal. if it was really just a sip, it would be okay i guess, just not like a mouthful of water, and keep doing it like after every bite of ur food.

          3 years ago
  87. I only know about drinking water before a meal to help control your appetite.
    No one has ever stopped me or caused me to believe I was being secretly judged ( :P ) when I drink during meals in Korea or Korean restaurants. So this theory is new to me~

    3 years ago
  88. First to comment! First to die! What?..

    3 years ago