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If you're an American traveling in North Korea, you call up the Swedish Embassy if in any type of danger

The US Department of State describes North Korea as a highly militaristic, communist state and advises Americans against traveling there. The US does not maintain diplomatic or consular relations with North Korea, which means that there is no US embassy there.

The Swedish embassy, which is located in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, acts as the United States' interim protecting power. As such, it provides basic consular services for US citizens traveling in North Korea.

The State Department asks US citizens to check in with them before entering North Korea so that they can keep them up to date on any announcements or emergencies. If a US citizen was to get in trouble while in North Korea, their best bet would be to go to the Swedish Embassy as it is their protecting power.


A 7 month old puppy pushed a 10 year old boy out of the way of an out-of-control truck and took the impact himself.

A story that will both warm and break your heart. Carly Riley, from Essex, was out on a walk with her three sons and their new puppy Geo. As the family waited at the corner to cross the stree, an out of control truck driver came speed over the curb and headed straight for one her her sons, 10 year old Charlie.

Geo jumped in front of the boy, pushed him out of the way, and was hit by the truck. He was sent into the street where the driver hit him again before taking off.

Geo suffered from a broken leg, a broken spine, and internal injuries. Fortunately however, he is made a full recovery. Unfortunately, the vet fees may set the family back $16,000. According to Carly, putting him down wasn't even an option; they wanted to heal him at all costs.

The Rileys have set up a facebook page to share Geo's progress and ask for donations that can go towards paying his bills. Riley says; "Geo and the boys have a fantastic relationship....He is family."


7 Things You Should Know About Switzerland

Switzerland has an Anti-PowerPoint political party!

There’s a political party in Switzerland that actually works to decrease the number of PowerPoints used in professional presentations! The Anti-PowerPoint Party or APPP is a Swiss political party founded in 2011. They’re dedicated to decreasing the professional use of Microsoft PowerPoint and other presentation software.

The party claims that using these software causes national-economic damage of about $2.1 billion CHF. It also lowers the quality of a presentation in 95 percent of the cases. Their advocated alternative is flip charts. The Anti-PowerPoint Party was founded by former software engineer Matthias Poehm in Switzerland.

The goal of the party is to be the fourth largest political party in Switzerland in terms of its membership, and to ban PowerPoint, let’s not forget. Their slogan is “Finally do something!”


In New York, the price of a pizza slice and a subway ride have been the same for 50 years. A rise in one predicts a rise in the other.

New York City is known for many things. Two of the most common are it's subway system and pizza by the slice. These two NYC trademarks have an interesting connection. In 1980, native New Yorker Eric Bram proposed the "Pizza Principle."

This economic law, while slightly humorous, is also historically very accurate. Bram noted that since the 1960s, the price of a slice of pizza in NYC corresponded very closely with the price of one subway token. What's more, a rise in one could predict a rise in the other.

This was proven again in 2005 and 2007 when the price of pizza increased. Correspondingly, subway fares also rose in 2009 and 2013. New Yorkers would do well to keep an eye on the price of pizza if they value their public transportation.


While under contract to play James Bond, Pierce Brosman wasn’t allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other non-Bond film.

Who would be so evil as to prevent a 6 foot 1’’, handsome, built-like-a-statue man from wearing a tuxedo? Surprisingly (or not that surprisingly, if you’ve read the title), the producers of James Bond would.

After being chosen to play James Bond, Brosman was contractually obligated to refrain from wearing a tuxedo in any other film.

This is because the producers wanted James Bond to have a very distinct appearance, one that could not and would not be replicated in any way in any other film. Though it seemed like a rather random request at the time, it did pose a problem for the wardrobe staff of The Thomas Crown Affair; the 1999 movie in which Brosman played a successful art-stealing playboy.



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