Posts Tagged 'North Korea'

A little slice of calculated life: Photos of North Korea


One, Among Many.

The Boston Globe has made some of the best photo essays that I have seen as of late. I have included a few photos from their essays and articles as my photo of the week. However, their entire photo essays are usually fantastic. They are very real, showing real people in real circumstances and events. We read, hear, watch and see the news everywhere, but sometimes one picture can tell an entire story.

This photo collection is of North Korea, where the only pictures shown are usually state-controlled and or produced. Check it out here.

You can get a sense of control and restrictions through the pictures themselves. Everything looks produced, slick and almost fake. The people and environments depicted in the photos are uniform, calculated and preconceived. No wonder we know very little of what actually goes on in North Korea.


The Schwarzenegger Rabbit

German Rabbits on Steroids
German Rabbits on Steroids

18.5 pounds. 2 and a half feet long. Ears that are 2 feet long. This is Robert, is a breed of rabbit called a giant gray. Karl Szmolinsky breads these rabbits in the backyard of his home in Eberswalde Germany. Mr. Szmolinsky said the largest one he ever breed was 23 pounds.

Little known fact: apparently Mr. Szmolinsky  sold about eight of his giant greats to a delegation from North Korea that wanted to raise the breed as an alternative source of meat for the North Korean population.

I want one as a pet, these dinosaur-esque rabbits. It is safe to say that I now believe there are rabbits out there that can legitimately eat my face off.

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