Enhancing national prestige

Interesting article from the NYT about compulsory military service in South Korea and how athletes may be exempted but K-pop stars aren’t — yet.

As South Korean Athletes Avoid the Draft, Some Ask: Why Not K-Pop Stars?

South Korean men are required to serve in the military for at least 21 months. But if they “enhance national prestige” they can

BTS is certainly enhancing national prestige.

They’re huge in the US now, gave a speech at the UN, and recently made the rounds of the late night talk shows in the US and the UK. I watched them on Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton, and the fans in the audience were deafening.



“I saw you might need assistance?”

We’ve been talking about patents in some classes this week, and the patents for novel and unusual ideas that sometimes garner Nobel and Ig Nobel Prizes.

This patent seems worthy of the Ig Nobel Prize. It’s a shopping cart that can read your pulse and temperature. Read the article to find out why Walmart thinks this is a good idea.

🎵 helps us learn and remember

Flocabulary is a YouTube channel with educational videos set to hip-hop music. Here are a couple of examples:

Yesterday’s post was about creative writing prompts. This video helps explain the importance of the setting in a story.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley suddenly announced her resignation today. Here’s a video to learn more about what the U.N. actually does.