A 40-year-old man was recently shot as he tried to swim from South Korea into North Korea. Say what? I'm not a huge news person. I have a basic understanding of foreign affairs, but I'm no political expert. That said, even I knew that this headline didn't sound right.
I knew that North Korea and South Korea don't get along, and that North Korea is a rough place to live. So why would someone want to get in there? To escape arrest maybe? I mean, North Korea is ruled by a crazy dude who thinks he's god, and South Korea is the ancestral home of Margaret Cho and the birthplace of awesome K-Pop -- exhibit Psy.
Then I realized that a country divided down the middle is something I can't begin to comprehend. Can you imagine having no idea what's going on over your country's border? Or being separated from your family? What's the source of all this tension? I put together some factoids on both countries that make the whole deal a little less confusing.