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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Article: [Exclusive] Discovered with their life vests tied together... two children who left the world together

Kyunghyang via Naver

Diver 'A' (58 years old) discovered the body of two students who had tied their life vests together. "How terrifying it must've been for the young students facing death. They must have tied their life vests together to face death with each other."

With 35 years of diving experience, it was his third dive that day when he discovered the bodies. "I was hoping that I'd be able to save at least one life."

He had managed to get in the hall for passengers when he discovered two pairs of shoes. Shoving aside everything in his way, he discovered the body of the male student, the first corpse he's discovered so far on his rescue mission. He closed his eyes and brought his hands together for a brief moment of respect before attempting to push the male student outside of the ship. Instead, he was met with something heavier. Upon inspection, he discovered something hooked to the bottom of the student's life vest. After pulling it up, the body of a female student was unveiled.

Because the two bodies were too heavy for him to pull out of the ferry alone, he had to disconnect the rope holding them together and carry them out one after the other.

"It was the most surprising and heart wrenching moment of my life. Normally, bodies will float in the waters, but these two children must not have wanted to be apart. It broke my heart and left me in a daze. I felt all of the strength leaving my body and had to leave the bodies behind to collect myself above waters. It was difficult for me to deal with what I had seen alone. I called my daughter and asked, 'Daughter, how are you? My heart is breaking.'"


1. [+18,122, -140] I cried while reading the story ㅠㅠ Please rest in peace

2. [+11,378, -86] How upsetting. The two must've been so close to each other. I always wondered how the divers dealt with seeing the bodies in the dark waters so it was interesting to read how they cope with the difficulties...

3. [+10,842, -350] I'm sorry, children. Because of us foolish adults, I'm sorry.. Rest in peace.

4. [+10,074, -141] Starting the morning off in tears again ㅠㅠ..

5. [+3,645, -73] Boys are taught from a young age to protect girls. Even on his road to death, I thank him for being an amazing man. I bet that the girl was less scared thanks to him. It's the adults who should be protecting the children but they're the ones who all ran. I'm sorry as an adult.

6. [+3,419, -36] This is sadder than the Titanic. I'm going crazy.

6. [+3,230, -22] I can't even imagine how scared they must've been. What a manly student. It's so sad to even imagine them trying to depend on each other through a horrific situation. Be happy in the sky.


Article: "I am a criminal... I motioned for my wife to go back in to the cabins when she tried to come out"

Source: Hankyeore via Naver

The couple was celebrating their 30th anniversary on the ferry. "I was sitting on a sofa in front of the third floor cafeteria drinking coffee when the ferry suddenly started moving to one side. The sofa and the other children in the room were slammed into the wall."

He saw his wife try to come out to the lounge but motioned for her to go back in. "I heard an announcer tell everyone not to move from where they were and that it would be dangerous if we moved any further. I thought we could all live if we followed the directions. I didn't think that would be our last moment."

She is still missing. When asked if he has been eating, "How can I eat when people are watching? I am a criminal. What right do I have to eat when I am living without my wife?"


1. [+138, -3] It is not a crime for you to be alive. You must live for your wife.

2. [+104, -1] It's not your fault... your wife thinks the same. Collect yourself.

3. [+86, -2] This is just too much... No words can ever console this. Find strength...

4. [+73, -2] Your wife will believe the sincerity you showed in her safety. Don't live your life in guilt.


"I couldn't afford Nike shoes for my son, I'm scared I won't be able to find his body"... a mother who can't go into the gymnasium

Source: Kukmin Ilbo via Naver

A journalist discovered a mother outside the gymnasium for families waiting to hear news about body discoveries. "I had a mother tell me that the bodies were described using the brand names that they were wearing... Adidas, Nike, Polo... 'I didn't have enough money to afford brands like that for my son. I'm scared that I won't be able to find my child." She didn't want to stay in the gymnasium because she wanted to be able to see each body as they arrived since she wouldn't be able to identify his body based on brands he's wearing.

1. [+1,129, -4] My heart's going to explode... I can't believe she's blaming herself for not being able to afford brands for him and trying to find his body... I can't imagine what she's feeling now.

2. [+883, -5] Scared she won't find his body because she couldn't afford Nikes for him.........

3. [+614, -5] I'm going to cry no matter how hard I open my eyes


Five year old girl 'Kwon'... mother discovered dead, father and brother still missing

Source: Segye Ilbo via Naver

During the sinking, her older brother (by 1 year) put her in his life vest and shoved her to the top of the ferry with their mother. Their mother was discovered dead. The brother and father are still missing.

1. [+566, -10] We will watch over your daughter... I am so sorry. I donated my monthly paycheck to do what I could... but I wanted to give more.

2. [+421, -11] When the five year old grows up... how are we to explain what happened to her?

3. [+389, -5] What can we do for that child...

4. [+343, -2] She lived with the immense love of her mother. I hope that she matures remembering the love her mother gave her.


Article: Body with a tight grip on cellphone discovered... deaths rise to 163

Newsis via Nate

1. [+1,264, -17] How much he must've been waiting for his phone to work... to be able to send a text or a katalk. To at least be able to give one last call to his parents...

2. [+932, -16] I wonder if he was looking at pictures of his family and friends until his last moment... So upsetting, there are no words to describe this ㅜㅜ How scared he must've been.

3. [+859, -13] He probably still had hope that he'd be saved... until his hope was locked under somewhere dark and cold.

4. [+54, -1] He might've left a final message on his phone, please try to recover as much as possible...


<9 days of rescue> Diver "Broke out in tears trying to spread open the palm of a body gripped in a fist like a fetus"

Source: Munhwa Ilbo via Nate

1. [+264, -28] If the bodies were in fetal position to keep warm, that means the water didn't get in all the way right away. There must've been an air pocket and an area for them to stay alive in ㅠㅠ If the water had gotten in rapidly, they wouldn't have been able to worry about their body temperature since they'd be trying to swim to the top as fast as possible. People must've been waiting in an area without much water filled up trying to keep warm and wait for rescue.

2. [+171, -14] That picture makes me choke up every time. People waiting to be saved behind those glass windows... ㅠㅠ

3. [+120, -3] I can't find words anymore


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On the Charts: High 4, Akdong Musician, Park Shi Hwan

Article: High 4, AkMu, Park Shi Hwan... rookie stars dominate #1 on the digital charts

Star News via Naver

1. [+216, -13] Leave out High 4, they're riding on IU

2. [+169, -12] You mean IU, not High 4...

3. [+117, -6] IU's doing everything for High 4 honestly

4. [+95, -20] Cute and fresh AkMu angels~ and Park Shi Hwan with the voice that rings your heart~ Supporting you!! Fighting

5. [+82, -8] I hope the music industry comes back to normal soon too

6. [+55, -9] IU's doing everything for High 4 so leave them out. AkMu is obviously the best and Park Shi Hwan's song is better than expected...

7. [+47, -11] Don't know about High 4 but Akdong and Park Shi Hwan have great songs

8. [+37, -2] Yeah, I wouldn't have even listened to the song if not for IU

9. [+36, -4] High 4's only up there because of IU, how could IU not be mentioned in the title when no one even knows who High 4 is

10. [+37, -11] Almost cried listening to Park Shi Hwan's 'I Lied Awake' ㅠ It's really too good to be buried. I was surprised by his depth of emotions and vocal color.


Hollywood: Justin Bieber, Jodie Foster

Article: Justin Bieber on the chopping block for visiting the Yasukuni Shrine... apologizes only to Chinese and Japanese fans

Newsis via Nate

1. [+11,565, -106] Don't think of visiting Korea ever again ㅡㅡ

2. [+10,989, -126] Can we please get the people who pay $1.4k a ticket for a guy like this tested on their brains...

3. [+8,671, -73] Never come to Korea

4. [+7,877, -66] Don't come to Korea ㅡㅡ Hopeless

5. [+1,803, -9] Can I get a reason on why he apologized to Japan ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ What an idiot ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ


Article: Justin Bieber clarifies visiting Yasukuni Shrine "I was mislead to think the shrines were only a place of prayer... sorry"

Source: Nate

1. [+630, -9] Thanks to Justin Bieber, now the world knows why the Yasukuni Shrine is a bad place. Good promotional tactic ㅎㅎㅎ

2. [+535, -8] He apologized to China and Japan ㅋㅋㅋ Bieber doesn't care at all about Korea ㅋㅋㅋ Poor Korean Bieber fans ㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+438, -12] So he doesn't care about Korea. I'm sure his Korean fans were deeply hurt by this. Don't ever dare step foot in our country again, you're disgusting. Everyone in Korea hates you, including America and your homeland, Canada. I feel bad for you. You may have made a lot of money but that empty brain of yours proves just how much of a failure your life actually is.


Article: Jodie Foster comes out and marries same sex lover after a year of dating

Source: Newsen via Nate

1. [+448, -252] Just think of it this way. If someone told us straight people to be gay, would we be able to? It doesn't make sense, right? We were born straight. We couldn't do it even if we wanted to. So why are we telling gay people to be straight? People are born the way they are, case closed. Live the way you were born as happily as possible.

2. [+243, -139] Congratulations, be happy~

3. [+149, -56] Why are people saying she's fallen? Jodie Foster is extremely intelligent and a globally influential person with great acting talents. I'm sure her lover is the same. Congratulate her marriage, don't accuse her of falling from grace because of her sexual orientation.


Source: Naver

1. [+530, -139] Before the Sewol Ferry accident, I used to think things like this were dirty... but not anymore... Everybody should live how they want to live. You never know when or how you're going to die, just live doing what you want to do. You only live once after all..

2. [+475, -97] I always thought of her as an amazing actress. She made a difficult decision to come out on top of a marriage. She's very determined and seems to be living a passionate life. I hope she has a happy life with her late marriage.

3. [+324, -68] I commend her bravery! She receives such applause because she's already an amazing actress to boot!!

4. [+302, -73] Congratulations ♥ A life happiest to yourself is the best life

5. [+269, -64] An amazing, confident actress ㅋ The older she gets, the more refined she becomes. Congratulations~


Baekhyun cast in the musical 'Singin in the Rain'

Article: EXO Baekhyun cast as male lead in musical 'Singin in the Rain'

Star News via Naver

1. [+888, -51] I like it but... ㅎ I think it's too early for a musical.. especially a lead role at that ㅠㅠ It'll get him hate ㅠㅠ

2. [+814, -56] I like it but.. I'm against it

3. [+747, -49] I already feel bad for the female lead for all the hate she's going to get

4. [+696, -31] I like the news but isn't it too early..? There are a lot of people who don't like idols in musicals. But if he's doing it anyway, I hope he works hard!

5. [+667, -37] Musicals require both acting and vocal talent...

6. [+549, -61] Why can't they use a musical actor? Why an idol?;;

7. [+494, -60] I'd prefer he just practice his singing. I know Baekhyun's talented but I think it's too early for him to be in a musical yet.

8. [+391, -43] He has lots of fans so I guess the ticketing power will be amazing

9. [+387, -70] What about Jongdae? Jongdae seemed like he wanted to do a musical but I guess Baekhyun's starting it off first.

10. [+283, -54] There are a lot of kiss scenes in the original.. .ㅋ Eyyyy, what if..



Article: "We should've saved them"... Majority of ferry crew admit to mistake

Source: Yonhap news via Naver

1. [+14,685, -917] It's not only the captain who's the problem. The captain's decision is a direct reflection of Korean society. Did you not see 'My Heart Beats'? No matter how hard 119 rescuers ring their sirens, people are just too busy living their own lives to care. Reality is that the majority of Koreans are too self absorbed to worry about anyone else. The captain is a mirror image of Koreans today.

2. [+8,325, -143] Don't you dare give them a shorter sentence just because they admit to their mistakes ㅡㅡ

3. [+7,551, -67] It's too late to regret it now. You've created too many sacrifices because of your mistake...

4. [+6,304, -133] Give them a heavier sentence now that they've admitted it. Those lives will never return.

5. [+4,897, -81] What a joke...


25 student coffins borne today... 'A tearful Wednesday

Naver + Nate

1. [+305, -3] Farewell to our loving youth... Please let your dreams bloom in the sky... I'm so, so sorry. If it will make you feel better, hate on the adults and your country as much as you want. Rest in peace...

2. [+232, -3] I'm sure living won't ever be the same for their parents.

3. [+142, -1] There's just... nothing you can say.. other than feel sorrow.

4. [+221, -2] I live 5 minutes from Danwon High School. Like any other day, I left the apartment for my morning exercise only to see a line of cars and a mother holding the funeral photo of her child. Even while walking that short path, she was sobbing the entire way, collapsing to the floor twice... Everyone walking by cried with her. I just want this nightmare to end...

5. [+150, -2] Farewell. Forget the time yuo were hurt, cold, and scared in the dark. Smile in the sky. We'll forever remember this torturous April and pray for you. Take care of your parents from the sky.


Article: "My loving daughter, son, I'm so sorry"... A tearful funeral

Yonhap News via Naver

1. [+5,146, -77] This hits too close to home for any parent

2. [+4,154, -54] Please bring harsh punishment to the people spreading fake rumors on SNS

3. [+3,833, -138] Love you, children... It was very cold, right? Be warm where you are now ㅜㅜ

4. [+670, -4] Seeing the funeral pictures of such young faces breaks me down... This whole situation is so ridiculous...

5. [+655, -5] Please remember the non-students who died as well..


Article: A whole group of student bodies discovered... death count goes up to 150

Yonhap News via Naver

1. [+10,506, -507] The number goes up with every new headline I click. It goes up as fast as the upvotes on the comments. I'm scared even clicking any article now...

2. [+7,745, -315] If only this whole thing was a lie...

3. [+5,408, -217] Reading articles scare me now...

4. [+1,801, -58] Imagine the divers' trauma upon discovering a group of dead bodies...

5. [+1,653, -29] The bodies of students who listened to the orders to stay where they were...