typhoon

Oops! Someone forgot South Korea’s flag on this thank you poster from the Philippines

Oops! Someone forgot South Korea’s flag on this thank you poster from the Philippines

Following the devastation left by Haiyan (“Yolanda”) and the outpouring of support for the Philippines by the international community, a digital poster expressing thanks to all the helping countries appeared on Twitter. Pictured above, the image is really quite poignant with one hand covered in the flag of the Philippines reaching up and another covered in flags of the international community reaching down to help. Simple but clear–just how we like things!

But there’s a slight problem…it seems that whoever made this poster forgot about South Korea!

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Nagano farmers sell damaged “typhoon apples” online

Nagano farmers sell damaged “typhoon apples” online

Japan is no stranger to typhoons. Every year, the island nation is battered by howling winds and torrential rain. This year 28 typhoons have made their way to Japan, but it was the 26th that had a particularly disastrous impact on apple farmers in Nagano prefecture. With their crops partially destroyed and most of their fruit unable to be sold in stores due to scratches and imperfections, the clever farmers took to the internet. Their crops are now being sold at online retailer, Oisix, as “typhoon apples.” And believe it or not, many people are actually buying the flawed fruit.

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China: Typhoon sends fish flowing out of a dam, giant fish makes creepy appearance on a mountain

China: Typhoon sends fish flowing out of a dam, giant fish makes creepy appearance on a mountain

Earlier this month, Typhoon Fitow rampaged through eastern China, sending heavy rains and massive waves crashing, causing floods across several areas. Zhejiang province in particular took a hard hit, suffering over 2 billion yuan (US$330M) in economic damage. Over three million people in the area were affected, hundreds of thousands having to evacuate from their homes.

Trust the Chinese to be opportunists even in such extreme situations. While many folks were busy fighting the storm, some were busy picking up fishes that had been washed out of a dam. No harm in getting some free fish for dinner, right? But a hair-standing occurence that was discovered later probably left many fish hoarders choking with guilt…

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Japan under siege by broken umbrellas

Japan under siege by broken umbrellas

Japan is a country that loves their umbrellas. Rain or shine, lolita or businessman, everyone enjoys the security of a swath of plastic or cloth above their precious head. However, this time of year poses a particular problem for parasol lovers, when mother nature flings typhoons at East Asia like so many spitballs at a blackboard of the Pacific Rim.

The result for most pedestrians is a nasty combination of heavy wind and rain where one wrong turn of the corner can instantly result in your umbrella becoming the world’s largest and most depressing shuttlecock.

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Heroic Chinese exchange student rescues nine-year-old boy from fast-moving river

Heroic Chinese exchange student rescues nine-year-old boy from fast-moving river

The powerful Typhoon Man-yi having swept through the region and dumped enough rain to completely submerge parts of Kyoto, the majority of rivers in Kansai were either worryingly high or had completely burst their banks by Monday afternoon this week. Shortly after the storm had passed, however, a group of schoolboys ventured out to take some snaps of trains passing over a nearby bridge when the youngest, a nine-year-old elementary school student, lost his footing and fell into Osaka’s Yodo River, which was flowing dangerously fast as a result of the heavy rain.

The boy was unable to reach the riverbank and was quickly dragged downstream, his young friends powerless to help. Thankfully, an extremely brave Chinese exchange student was passing by at that exact moment…

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Blood money: Yesterday’s typhoon leaves one man in an awkward predicament

Blood money: Yesterday’s typhoon leaves one man in an awkward predicament

Tokyo may have escaped with only minor damage compared to poor old Kyoto during yesterday’s powerful typhoon, but it would appear that there is at least one Twitter user who suffered losses of a truly horrific nature.

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When dumplings fly: Japan’s most recent typhoon causes random objects to take flight

When dumplings fly: Japan’s most recent typhoon causes random objects to take flight

The wind wasn’t quite strong enough to pick up entire houses or bicycling old ladies, but Japan’s 18th typhoon of the season sent plenty of things flying onto balconies and outside windows. Twitter users across Japan were eager to post the evidence, giving us the following photo montage.

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Japanese rock star inspires reckless typhoon behavior

Japanese rock star inspires reckless typhoon behavior

Rock stars have been influencing fans’ bad behavior for decades, inspiring drunken debauchery for generations of wasted youth. But one Japanese rock star’s influence has taken on a slightly different form–inspiring people to run outside and dance in the middle of typhoons like the one currently battering the Japan.

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Daring Korean Reporters Rush out to Cover Dangerous Typhoon Gangnam Style

Daring Korean Reporters Rush out to Cover Dangerous Typhoon Gangnam Style

Typhoon Bolaven, the largest storm to hit the Korean Peninsula in a decade, tore through the southern part of South Korea late Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and destruction in its path.

While some people in China wandered out with camera in hand to photograph the typhoon as it was nearing its end, one South Korean reporter has gained national recognition for doing a live story during the peak of the storm with a rope tied around his body to keep him from being swept into the sea.

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Amazing Typhoon Photos Show Ruthless Power of Nature, Boundless Stupidity of Mankind

Amazing Typhoon Photos Show Ruthless Power of Nature, Boundless Stupidity of Mankind

Typhoon Bolaven tore through the southern part of the Korean Peninsula on late Tuesday, then crossing over to the Shangdong province in East China on early Wednesday before calling it a day.

The storm was the strongest to hit the region in over a decade, leaving a trail of destruction and at least 8 dead in its wake.

Despite being aware (supposedly) of how dangerous the storm was, some Chinese residents of the coastal city of Qingdao gathered at a park near the coastline to watch the typhoon waves come in and do what it is Asians do best: take pictures.

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