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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.

  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. 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…

  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

  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 :/

  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.

  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.

  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…

  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.

    • 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.

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

  11. I seem to be the only one non affected by this xD

  12. 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)

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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 ;)

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Love the length of this video, even though it was long, was not bored at all!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

  21. 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

  22. 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?

  23. By the way, Martina looks stunning in this video.

  24. 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!!!

  25. 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:

  26. 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

  27. 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?

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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 :/

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. 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/

  34. 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.

  35. 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 ;)

  36. 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.

  37. 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…

  38. 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?

  39. I thought this video was going to be about funerals in Korea. I was wrong…

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