January 8, 2010

Kill the Bum!

How Twitter trend of the day: Jaebum

Who is Jaebum? Apparently, he's the Justin Timberlake of Korea's hottest boy band, "2PM" but has left the group to move back to his native Seattle. Why would he leave at the height of success?

Seems when he first moved to Korea a few years ago, he was a little overwhelmed by the culture shock and used MySpace to vent, with such delightful bonmots as "Korea is gay." and "I hate Koreans." When word got out, there was a bit of an uproar in Seoul, as you might imagine, and Jaebum was eviscerated in the press and simply skedaddled.

Perhaps in time, the controversy will die down and he can resume his career, just as Justin Timberlake survived and flourished after the hoopla surrounding his exposing of Janet Jackson's breast for a grand total of nine-sixteenths of a second during the Super Bowl halftime show.

Usain Bolt's world record in the 100 meter dash currently stands at 9.58 seconds. In 1964, the world record was Bob Hayes, at 10.06 seconds. That's slightly less than nine-sixteenths of a second faster over the course of 45 years. (What's the matter Usain? Pick up the pace!)

After his time in track and field, Bob Hayes - The Bullet - joined the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL as a wide receiver and punt returner. Hayes' nickname came from his high speed, much as the term is used to describe fast trains today: "bullet trains." He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of the fastest trains in the world is the The KTX, or Korea Train Express, connecting Seoul to Busan. It can run at a velocity of 350 kilometers per hour (217 mph). At that speed it would take approximately one day to travel from Seoul to Seattle, assuming there was no ocean in the way.

So cheer up, Jaebum. You're not as far away from your fans as you think.

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