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Friday, 29 September 2017

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North Korea is back in the headlines and it is always unclear what the Hermit King, Kim Jong Un, will do next. North Korea is one of the worlds most secretive societies and here are some strange and interesting facts about this country.
#10 Most Corrupt Country in the World
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According to the Corruption Perceptions Index, North Korea and Somalia are tied for the title of the most corrupt nation. Scores between zero (highly corrupt) and 100 (very clean) were given to 174 countries and territories. North Korea scored an 8.
#9 Size of North Korea
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North Korea is 120,538 square kilometers, which is about the size of Pennsylvania. But only 19.5% of North Korea’s land is arable, which amounts to about 9,000 square miles.
#8 Defecting from North Korea
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During the mourning period of Kim Jong-il ‘s death on December 17, 2011 and the start of Kim Jong-un’s rule, the movements of people were tightened and strictly controlled. This included requiring families that live near the border areas to take turns standing guard, having strong official warnings that three generations of a family would be destroyed if caught defecting, as well as having the defector being executed on-site. The number of North Korean defectors has dramatically decreased as a result.
#7 Population of North Korea
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The current population f North Korea is 25,432,438. The population density is 199.54 inhabitants per square kilometre. The population of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang,  is 2.863 million, which for example is more than the population of Houston, Texas. To live in the Pyongyang capital you will need permission from the state, only if granted would you be allowed to live there.
#6 The Government Controls all Communications
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If there is one thing authoritarian states want to control, it’s information and communication. And because of that, North Korea controls the airwaves. There are only 3 TV channels to choose from and the programming is all strictly controlled by the government.
#5 North Korean Roads
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There are 25,554 kilometers of roads in North Korea, but only 724 kilometers are paved. That’s only 2.83% of all roadways.
#4 Literacy rate in North Korea
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Education in North Korea is universal and state-funded schooling by the government. The national literacy rate for citizens at age of 15 and older is 100 percent (approx.). Children go through one year of kindergarten, four years of primary education, six years of secondary education, and then on to university.
#3 Estimated GDP of North Korea
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Trading economics estimates North Korea’s gross domestic product to be $17.4 billion. (The World Bank does not list an official figure.) To put that in perspective, Bill Gates’ net worth is estimated at $78.2 billion. North Korea’s 2014 estimated GDP per capita was $1,800.
#2 North Korea has its own Time Zone
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In 2015 North Korea created its own time zone, called Pyongyang Time, named after the North Korean capital, which is 30 minutes behind South Korea and Japan.  The country started using Pyongyang Time on August 15, 2015, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan. Pyongyang Time was the time zone used before Japanese rule.
#1 Male Citizens Ordered to have Kim Jon Un Haircut
“A source from Pyongyang” told South Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo that authorities issued an order requiring men to keep their hair no longer than 2 centimeters and requiring women to keep their hair at a bob length. The men were told to model their hairstyle on Kim Jong Un, whose haircut is known as “ambitious” in North Korea (and terrible everywhere else). Women were advised to copy his wife.


Humans have always been obsessed with the supernatural, including magic.  Certain people have been able to use this to make a career for themselves, becoming world famous (and of course super-rich).  Here are the ten greatest magicians of all time.
#10. Soul Mystique

They may be the least known act on this list, but quick-change act Soul Mystique have revived much recognition.  They were named one of the top 10 magicians in the world by Fox Bio Channel in 2008, and were invited to perform as the closing act to the event, “A Tribute to Siegfried and Roy at the London Palladium.”  The duo found fame on the show Australia’s Got Talent, where they finished as Grand Finalists in 2007, and 2nd Runners-Up in 2012.
#9. Dante

Harry August Jansen, better known as Dante the Magician, was so influential that his death in 1955 has come to end what historians call the “Golden Age of Magic.”  Dante toured the world performing his magic with a troupe of between 25 and 40 performers, becoming famous uttering the Danish nonsense words “Sim Sala Bim”, taken from a children’s song. He was well-known to be the greatest magician in the world at his time.
#8. Harry Blackstone Sr.

Harry Blackstone Sr. became famous for performing to the USO (United States Organizations Inc.) during World War II.  Many of the tricks that are famous today were made popular through Blackstone Sr.  “Sawing Woman in Half” was arguably his most famous trick.  He would use a saw to cut through a piece of lumber, and then seem to cut through a woman, who would rise up unharmed afterwards.  His son, Harry Blackstone Jr., also became a renowned magician, as he started from an infant in his father’s shows.
#7. Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

19th century French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin is known as the father of the modern style of magic.  Harry Houdini idolized the magician, and chose his stage name in honor of his inspiration.  Robert-Houdin’s most famous trick was called “Second Sight.”  He would walk through the audience, touching random items.  A blindfolded assistant would then describe each item in detail.  Another variation of the trick had his Emile, sip on a glass of water, while an audience member thought of a liquid.  Robert-Houdin would “read” the audience member’s mind, through his son, and reveal the liquid.
#6. David Blaine

David Blaine became famous in the late 90’s through his show, “Street Magic.”  His show was unique for showing street magic up-close, as well as Blaine’s ultra-cool style throughout his tricks.  He then made a name for himself as an endurance artist.  Blaine has been buried alive (a stunt his idol Houdini planned on performing before his death in 1926) for a week, frozen in an ice block for 63 hours (a world record at the time), stood on a 100-foot high pillar without any harnesses for 35 hours, gone 44 days in a glass box without any food or nutrients, spun in a gyroscope for 16 hours, hung upside down for 60 hours, and most recently, spent 72 hours with one million volts of electrical discharge aimed at his body.
#5. Siegfried and Roy

German magician Siegfried Fishbacher and exotic animal trainer Roy Horn immigrated to the United States and combined their talents to form a unique magic act featuring white tigers and lions.  From 1990 to 2003, they had a show at The Mirage in Las Vegas, which was regarded as the most visited Vegas show.  In 2003, Horn was bitten by one of his tigers on the neck while performing.  He suffered large blood loss and a quarter of his skull was removed as doctors tried to save his life.  He eventually was able to talk and walk again in 2006.  However, The Mirage canceled the show in the meantime, and the duo officially announced their retirement in 2010.
#4. Criss Angel

Cristopher Nicholas Sarantakos (no wonder he choose a stage name) is relatively knew to the magic scene.  His show, Criss Angel: Mindfreak premiered on the A&E Network in 2005.  It ran until 2010, with six seasons, and earned the magician worldwide fame.  Some of his most famous stunts were walking between two buildings before a crowd in Las Vegas, cutting himself in half, and walking on water.  Angel was able to gain fame through his edgy personality and numerous levitation tricks.  He also performed in a illusion show in 2008 called Criss Angel: Believe, which was in partnership with Cirque Soleil.
#3. Penn and Teller

Penn Jillete and Raymond Teller became famous as the duo “Penn and Teller” in the late 80’s.  Their humorous magic fascinated audiences for decades.  More recently, the two have moved to a television show where they debunk pseudoscience.  One of the more unique aspects of their shows is when they show a popular trick, like “Cups and Balls” and show the audience how the trick is done.  They then perform a more complex form of the trick, like using transparent cups, to show how the trick is “really done.”  Teller almost never speaks during their tricks, and is usually subjected to violence, like being dropped on spikes, run over by an 18-wheeler, or submerged in a tank of water.
#2. Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini, who was active in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, is most famous for being an escape artist.  He gained fame by touring Europe, asking different police forces to lock him up at every stop.  He would go on to escape a straitjacket while hanging off a skyscraper, a straitjacket from underwater, and being buried alive, which he reportedly barely survived.  There were charges that Houdini’s escapes were faked, but Houdini attacked fake magicians throughout his career.  The circumstances of his death in 1926 are fittingly dramatic, as a popular story says a college student asked Houdini if his stomach could withstand any punch.  Houdini died a few days later from peritonitis, from a ruptured appendix.
#1. David Copperfield

David Copperfield’s long, illustrious career has allowed him to become the most successful solo entertainer in history.  At 19, he was headlining a show in a large hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He was approached by ABC in 1977 to produce a magic special.  In his specials, Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear, floated over the Grand Canyon, and walked through the Great Wall of China.  Even at 56, Copperfield still performs many shows a week.  He was one of the first magicians to successfully combine amazing magic tricks with great storytelling.

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