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21 nations where people eat their national symbol

By Tue, Oct 20, 2009 10:18PM UTC

Australians love to say that they are the only people on Earth who eat the national symbols on their coat of arms. But is it true? Sadly, no. The coats of arms of Andorra, Indonesia, Moldova and Iceland feature cattle on them – an ingredient that you will (reputedly) find

Devastating frosts in Northern Tablelands

By Tue, Oct 20, 2009 6:58PM UTC

Stories are coming out that the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales and Southern Queensland suffered a black frost on the morning of October 17. Loose estimates are that both table and wine grapes grown in this highland strip between the two states were affected with up to 20% crop loss.

Hagwon owners hold conference in Seoul

By Tue, Oct 20, 2009 4:13PM UTC

Yes, hagwon owners from around the nation gathered in Yeouido on the 20th, mainly to whine about how unfairly the government is treating them. Lee Sang-man, head of the 80,000-member hagwon association, was quoted as whinging that “the problems of education in Korea are all in the public education system,

‘Jewel’ makes Foreign Policy cut

By Tue, Oct 20, 2009 3:39PM UTC

Foreign Policy recently published an interesting article on how the idiot box TV is good for world peace and development (really). Accompanying it was a list of four TV shows people are watching, and the Korean megahit “Jewel in the Palace” made the list. I’m actually much more interested in

Australian school bans hugs

By Tue, Oct 20, 2009 3:12PM UTC

An Australian elementary school has banned hugging and other displays of affection between preteen boys and girls to set a good example for younger students, the principal said Tuesday. Students at Largs Bay Primary School in the southern city of Adelaide were spoken to about “inappropriate behavior” between boyfriends and

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