Tuesday, June 10, 2008

South Korea takes its beef seriously

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's entire Cabinet offered to resign Tuesday following a public uproar over the planned resumption of U.S. beef imports, despite concerns of mad cow disease.
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Thousands of South Koreans have staged rallies against the beef deal. Protests early Sunday turned violent.
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Earlier in the day, a South Korean man died two weeks after setting himself on fire during a rally, according to Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital in Seoul.

Another protester set himself ablaze in a protest last week but his condition was not life-threatening, said Kim Tae-hyung, an official at a civic group that has organized demonstrations.
This reminds me of the time I was in a restaurant and the gentleman at the next table, Dae-Hyun Lee, ordered his steak medium-well. When his meal came, Mr. Lee discovered the steak was prepared medium-rare. At this point, Mr. Lee flipped over his table and ran straight towards the front of the restaurant, heading towards a bay of large windows. Unlike in the movies, Mr. Lee simply bounced off the glass. Undeterred, he then proceeded to throw a chair repeatedly against the window until a large crack began to form vertically. At this point the police arrived, and Mr. Lee would not be subdued until he was repeatedly pepper sprayed in the eyes and had one of his shoulders dislocated.

His wife then pulled a hand grenade from her purse and blew herself up.

Koreans are serious about their beef.


Gorilla Bananas said...

Undercooked meat can have that effect, I think the blood gives off hallucinogenic fumes. He must have thought he was being chased by a bull.

CNE said...

Have you been in a Korean BBQ? They know what they're doing with good meat.

ChrisV82 said...

GB - Outside of transfusions, no one really wants unexpected blood.

CNE - Koreans are very adept with handling meat, at least in the massage shops.