At the turn of the century, Kim Jong-Il decided he wanted to have a brewery in North Korea.
Nicknamed Kim Jong-Ale, no expense would be spared to get him his brewery. And that meant taking apart a Scottish brewery, literally down to the bricks and the toilet seats, and shipping it to North Korea, where it was reassembled.
Now, that old Scottish Brewery, Ushers of Trowbridge, is churning out Taedonggang beer in North Korea — under inspired named like Beer No. One, and their flagship Beer No. Two. The Independent has more.
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The South China Morning Post reports on the latest development in the case of the South Korean ferry that sank en route to Jeju earlier this week. According to their report, South Korea has prepared arrest warrants for the captain and two others on the ship. The charges have not been revealed, but reports that have emerged have indicated the captain delayed ordering an evacuation of the ship for at least a half hour after the accident. Of the 475 people onboard the ferry when it sank, 179 people have been rescued. At least 26 are dead and the rest are still deemed missing.
There are millions of caves that dot the surface of the Earth — some of them incredibly elaborate and deep. PRI's The World connected with Burkhard Bilger, who recently profiled a journey into one of the deepest, and most complex. Combing SCUBA diving with rock climbing and even good old fashioned crawling through mud, Bilger wrote a story for the New Yorker about what it's like to explore the world's most dangerous caves. Preparations are intense, risks are high and you're relying on a base camp system. just like if you were climbing Mount Everest.
Friday was one of the deadliest days in the recent history of Mount Everest. At least 15 Nepalese Sherpas, the guides that lead most climbers up the world's highest mountains, are dead — and officials believe more are buried. According to the Wall Street Journal, the rescue effort was set to resume Saturday morning. Seven people had already been pulled alive from the snow. About 20 guides were believed to have been climbing in the area when the avalanche, with snow and ice boulders the size of houses, tumbled down the mountain and buried them.
Sevastopol, Simferopol, Mariupol, you'd be forgiven for wondering why these places in Ukraine all sound, well, Greek. Turns out, it's not just a quirk of language, but it highlights some of the deeper ties of the medieval world. PRI's The World discusses the ties between Ancient Russia and Ancient Greece, via the Orthodox Church, as well as how a man named Potemkin, of Potemkin village fame, decided to name a bunch of communities with Greek words. If it all sounds a little Greek to you, there are interesting parallels to the modern conflict as well.
It's fall in Antarctica, but it sure sounds like winter. In Vostok, Antarctica, the high on Wednesday and Thursday — yes, the high — was just -97 degrees. That's the coldest it's been there since September. Winter is coming, indeed.
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