In 1953, North and South Korea signed an armistice.
In 1961, South Korea had an income per capita of just $80 per year.
In 1988, the Seoul Olympic Games prompted South Korea to import its first bottled water.
In 2006, Foreign Minister Ban-Ki Moon was appointed Secretary General of the United Nations.
In 2010, South Korea ranked 15th-highest on the Human Development Index.
And then, in 2013, South Korea had its first McRib season.
“And when good soccer happens, I give thanks for the miracle and I don’t give a damn which team or country performs it.” – Eduardo Galeano, Soccer in Sun and Shadow
With less than two weeks to go before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, club competitions are wrapping up, and international managers are hoping no injuries hit their key men. As it was in 2010 with Spain’s pronouncement of dominance, this year’s edition promises to be captivating, with many story lines in play. Will Brazil be fit and ready to host in time? (Spoiler alert: Probably not). Is this the major tournament when Spain, the world #1, finally relinquishes its throne? Is Germany set to finally claim it for the perceived golden generation? Can either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the twin peaks of this footballing epoch, lead their respective countries to the promised land? Can the United States do anything worthwhile?