Watch the North Koreans mourn

The respected leader comrade Kim Il Sung (1912-1994) whom the Korean and world people hold in high esteem is revered today as the greatest leader of the working class who with extradordinary wisdom,outstanding ablity of leadership and lofty communist virtues,has been devoting all his life to the sacred cause of the revolution for the independence of the working masses.

Watch the masses cry at the first minute:

Death of the Father of the Socialist Homeland (1/3)

Great Leader Kim Il Sung (1912-1994)

During the long period since he embarked on the road of revolution at an early age,the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung led the unprecedently arduous and complex Korean revolution to victory and made a great contribution to the world revolution.

“The revolutionary peoples, communists and revolutionaries of all the world are calling Comrade Kim Il Sung, the great Leader of the 40 million Korean people, ‘an outstanding strategist of the international revolutionary movement,’ ‘the leader of the liberation movement of the whole world,’ ‘a distinguished leader of the tricontinental peoples’ and ‘a symbol of anti-imperialist struggle.’ They speak of him with boundless respect and veneration.

What’s Gen Y? Sorry I don’t get it…

I seen these words “Gen Y” far too many times. Call me a turtle hiding in its shell but I haven’t heard of the term. Wikipedia (the encyclopedia all academics frown but I swear by) loosely suggests Generation Y is a cohort which consists of those people born after the Generation X cohort. Which leaves me to no choice but to check out what is Generation X since I am missing out a lot apparently.

Generation X is a term used to identify people born after the post-World War II increase in birth rates (the Baby Boom). Say Wikipedia.

Wikipedia further defines Generation X to be around 1946 to 1964. Oh so that means Generation Y is…

I?

Generation Y are people born 1976 to 2001.

Although different groups and individuals consider different ranges of years as constituting Generation Y, those ranges of years are almost always within the outer bounds of 1976 as the earliest possible year and 2001 as the latest. (Source: Wikipedia)

Oh so what’s Generation Z then:

Generation Z is the generation of people living in Western or First World cultures that follows Generation Y. According to Phil Ruthven of IBISWorld, who provides market research analysis, Generation Z – typically the offspring of Generation X – are currently in grade school or younger. While Generation Z – or as Strauss and Howe defined them, The New Silent Generation – has yet to be defined, the generation begins in 2001. (Source: Wikipedia)

Wow, looks like the media is working real hard in coining new terms. Stop using them! It means nothing!

There was someone named Sandwich

Just realized that there was someone named Sandwich and is possibly why our sandwiches are called ‘sandwiches’. He is John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and below is, as always, an excerpt from Lord Sandwich’s Wikipedia entry. While Lord Sandwich himself did not invent sandwich, he provided a nice name for it. I can’t imagine calling ‘sandwiches’ something like ‘kahwees’.

The modern sandwich is possibly named after Lord Sandwich but not invented by him. However, the exact circumstances of the invention are still the subject of debate. A rumor in a contemporary travel book called Tour to London by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table. The sober alternative is provided by Sandwich’s biographer, N.A.M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his desk.

It is also possible that Sandwich’s Grisons Republic born brother-in-law, Jerome de Salis, taught him about sandwiches. (Source: Wikipedia)

Lord Sandwich’s incompetence in the Admiralty was said to have undermined the seaworthy efforts in the American Revolutionary War.

Okay, sort of learnt something new today but I better close Wikipedia before Wikipedia consumes me. Hungry after all the reading.

Ama… um… the Iranian leader

John McCain’s botched attempt yesterday to say “Ahmadinejad”. BBC says you supposed to say it this way:

“Today’s pronunciation is Iranian President Mahmoud AHMADINEJAD (sometimes also spelt AHMADINEZHAD). Our recommendation is mah-MOOD ah-mad-in-uh-ZHAAD (-h is pronounced in ‘Mahmoud’ and in ‘Ahmadinejad’) based on the advice of the BBC Persian Monitoring team.”

(BBC via Chicago Tribune)