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I saw this superglue ad on ettf and thought it was pretty amusing. Oh, if only the UN could invest in a bit of rubber cement or Scotch tape and patch up the world!

Anyway, while I've got this great big pic of the Koreas up here, I figured I'd toss you 3 Crazy Reasons to Visit the Demilitarized Zone (the 155 mile-long, 2.5 mile-wide demarcation territory between North and South Korea) culled straight from our last issue's A Few Good Reasons to Vacation in North Korea feature.

1. EXTREME BIRDWATCHING! (AND GOLF): Heavily mined, baricaded, and patrolled from both sides, the Zone is essentially a no-man's land. However, it is home to several formerly endangered species of birds, now safely tucked away from human contact. Better yet, you can view these amazing creatures as part of your guided tour of the DMZ. Seriously. Both the North Koreans and the South Koreans sponsor Zone tours. Not much of a bird enthusiast? Squeeze in a round of golf on the Joint Security Area's self-proclaimed "World's Most Dangerous Golf Course." But amateurs beware: Landing in the rough can mean treading through live mine fields!

2. MEET THE LOCALS. About the only people living inside the Demilitarized Zone are a group of ex-refugees whom the South Korean government has allowed to resettle in their native lands. Collectively, DMZ residents live in a village called T'aesong-dong (or "Attaining Success Town"), otherwise known by the American military as "Freedom Village." Believe it or not, living in T'aesong-dong has some pretty spectacular perks. Residents are exempt from military service and taxation and are extremely wealthy compared to their counterparts in rural South Korea. Of course, they also have to endure the daily propaganda that's blasted over loudspeakers from the northern side of the border. North Korea, incidentally, has its own border village, which boasts bigger houses, a larger official population, and a much bigger flag than T'aesong-dong. How big is it? So big that it takes eight gale forces of wind to even make the thing flutter—not that anyone cares. Observers have never seen people in the village, and the windows on the houses appear to actually be painted on—leading American soldiers to call it "Propaganda Village."
3. DIG A TUNNEL. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, North Koreans spent a lot of time tunneling under the DMZ and into South Korean territory. The largest of these tunnels, the Third Tunnel of Aggression, was discovered in 1975 and extends a mile into South Korea. U.S. military experts estimate that it could have funneled some 10,000 troops and vehicles across (or, rather, beneath) the border in just an hour. Today, the South Korean government runs 'round-the-clock tunnel detection teams (that reportedly include a few psychics) to keep the North from doing any more of what it called "coal mining." You can even tour the Third Tunnel of Aggression if you like, but only from the South Korean side.

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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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