A pollster was taking opinions outside the United Nations building in New York City. He approached four men waiting to cross the street: a Saudi, a Russian, a North Korean and a resident New Yorker. He asked, ”Excuse me, I would like to ask you your opinion on the current meat shortage?” The Saudi replied, ”Excuse me, but what is a shortage?” The Russian said, ”Excuse me, but what is meat?” The North Korean replied, ”Excuse me, but what is an opinion?” The New Yorker replied, ”Excuse me, but what is ’excuse me?’ ”-0+
A rabbi is sitting on an airplane next to a Korean guy. After they have been flying together in silence for a while, the rabbi leans over and says, ”You know, I’ve never forgiven you Chinese for what you did at Pearl Harbor.”
The Korean looks shocked and replies, ”What the hell are you talking about?!?!? It was the Japanese the bombed Pearl Harbor, not the Chinese. And besides, I’m not Chinese or Japanese, I’m Korean!”
The rabbi says, ” Korean, Japanese, Chinese, what’s the difference?”
A little while later, the Korean man says, ”You know, I’ve never forgiven you Jews for sinking the Titanic.” The rabbi looks confused and mad and says, ”What are you talking about? The Jews didn’t have anything to do with that! An iceberg sank the Titanic!”
The Korean guy replies, ”Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg, what’s the difference?”
South Korea is gearing up for the World Cup by giving its toilets an urgent makeover.
Officials are thinking big about the smallest room, lavishing expensive decor on lavatories and designing ’themed’ toilets in a bid to win the title of ”Finest Rest Room in Seoul”.
Korea’s ”outhouse experience” has long been panned by visiting Westerners. But the country has now launched the Rest Room movement and is determined visitors will be bowled over by the standard of its lavatories during World Cup 2002.
Art shows have even been thrown in lavs, and there is now a guided tour of the city’s top 50 conveniences.
One top toilet is said to have an ”urbane image of high class”, with dressing tables, aromatic toilet paper and hair dryers. Another has an art show, while a government-run loo is designed with a medieval theme and a ”castle motif”.
Plants, colored lighting, ultra-high ceilings, cigarette machines and heavy steel ashtrays are becoming standard fittings in many conveniences.
Traditional Korean toilets are installed in the floor, requiring an awkward squatting stance. They also proved too small for tall westerners.
The rest room movement was launched after criticism of its WCs during the Seoul Olympics, reports the South China Morning Post. Pyo Hae-ryung, president of the Citizens’ Coalition for Rest Room Culture, says: ”The foreigners from the West feel very uncomfortable about the bad state of bathrooms.
”Also the World Cup is coming to Korea and it would be embarrassing if our rest rooms were of Third World quality. We are starting to make a major impact on the public idea of a rest room.”
Internet firms are also getting behind the movement. ClickCulture is offering guided tours of the capital’s most pristine toilets.
There was this Spanish guy, this Korean guy and this Russian guy all working for the same construction company. At the beginning of the day the boss comes out and says to the Spanish guy, ”You’re in charge of the cement.”
Then he said to the Russian guy, ”You’re in charge of the dirt.”
Then he said to the Korean guy, ”You’re in charge of the supplies.”
Then he said, ”I’m gonna be back at the end of the day to check on your work. It better be good or you’re fired.”
So they all go off to go get their work done.
At the end of the day, the boss comes back to check on their work. He looks at the big pile of cement and goes, ”Good work,” to the Spanish guy. Then he looks at the big pile of dirt and says, ”Good work,” to the Russian guy. Then he couldn’t find the Korean guy so he asks, ”Where the heck is the Korean guy??”
All of a sudden, the Korean guy jumps out from behind the big pile of dirt and yells, ” SUPPLIES!”
A Russian, a Saudi, a North Korean and a New Yorker are walking down the street.
A pollster stops them and asks, ”Excuse me, what is your opinion of the meat shortage?”
The Saudi replies, ”Excuse me, what’s a ’shortage’?”
The Russian replies, ”Excuse me, what’s meat?”
The North Korean replies, ”Excuse me, what’s an opinion?”
Finally, the New Yorker replies, ”What’s ’Excuse me?’ ”