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  • JNM
  • The Legend

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    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2720 on: February 10, 2017, 01:42:03 pm »
Why does severance pay exist?  Is it common in jobs in the US?

Coming from the UK, it seems such a bizarre (yet brilliant) thing to be rewarded for voluntarily leaving your job.  Before coming to Korea I only ever associated severance with redundancy.

In Canada, it is not uncommon in collective agreements.


  • JahMoo
  • Expert Waygook

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    • May 11, 2016, 12:55:18 pm
    • Gyeonggi-do, ROK
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2721 on: February 10, 2017, 01:53:54 pm »
Why does severance pay exist?  Is it common in jobs in the US?

Coming from the UK, it seems such a bizarre (yet brilliant) thing to be rewarded for voluntarily leaving your job.  Before coming to Korea I only ever associated severance with redundancy.
I think it's meant to be more an incentive for completing your contract. You don't get it if you leave early. And it's more money if you work longer.


  • moonbrie
  • Expert Waygook

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    • March 31, 2016, 10:32:14 am
    • Busan
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2722 on: February 10, 2017, 01:54:14 pm »
Why does severance pay exist?  Is it common in jobs in the US?

Coming from the UK, it seems such a bizarre (yet brilliant) thing to be rewarded for voluntarily leaving your job.  Before coming to Korea I only ever associated severance with redundancy.

severance pay is common in contract situations where you want to encourage people to actually finish their contract period

otherwise, typically you only get severance pay when you've been laid off or deemed redundant


  • JNM
  • The Legend

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    • January 19, 2015, 10:16:48 am
    • Seoul, South Korea
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2723 on: February 11, 2017, 10:50:06 am »
Why does the bottom row of bananas get cracked skins here?

Never seen this in North America.


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  • Newgookin

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    • February 07, 2017, 09:02:39 pm
    • Seoul
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2724 on: February 12, 2017, 10:15:43 pm »
Good question about the bananas. What a mystery. 


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2725 on: February 13, 2017, 08:22:50 am »
Why does the bottom row of bananas get cracked skins here?

Never seen this in North America.

It has to do with the ripening process. Bananas are very sensitive to a bunch of variables, including how long they've been left on the plant before harvesting, temperature, humidity, climate, and other fruits near it. This is why professional banana ripeners (yes, that's a real profession) are paid a TON of money to cultivate them. There's a lot of science behind the fruit.

Western grocery stores go through a lot of pains to prevent this phenomenon by controlling the climate of the store, keeping the fruits near the back of the store, and stacking only certain fruits next to other fruits -- for example, this is why you won't see apples and bananas right next to each other in most western grocery stores (apples give off an ethylene gas that will cause bananas to ripen faster).

In Korea, less painstaking effort is put in. The bananas are fine, though. They're just more ripe and got to that point in a less graceful manner.
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  • Super Waygook

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    • February 27, 2016, 08:33:47 pm
    • Gyeonggi-do
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2726 on: February 13, 2017, 08:30:04 am »
Speaking of bananas, I wish there was a grocery store or market anywhere near me that sold bananas by weight instead of bunch. I can't eat 9 of them before they go too ripe.  :huh:


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  • Hero of Waygookistan

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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2727 on: February 13, 2017, 08:34:46 am »
LG U(+) is/ has roll(ed) out wifi on trains for those unfortunate souls who went with them.

I think. I saw a wifi sticker today inside a subway car.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2728 on: February 13, 2017, 10:16:42 am »
Why is youtube asking me to verify my age again? If I was old enough 12 months ago how could I possibly not be now?  :lipsrsealed:


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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2729 on: February 13, 2017, 10:21:46 am »
Why is youtube asking me to verify my age again? If I was old enough 12 months ago how could I possibly not be now?  :lipsrsealed:

It's like when we're asked for our diplomas and criminal record checks again.

"Yes, I'm still a graduate of university."

Can't immigration have a file on us with some boxes that are ticked? CO2 graduated X uni in X year. That's been confirmed. His 3rd job doesn't need an apostilled copy. His first job covered that shit.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2730 on: February 13, 2017, 10:24:48 am »
Why is youtube asking me to verify my age again? If I was old enough 12 months ago how could I possibly not be now?  :lipsrsealed:

It's like when we're asked for our diplomas and criminal record checks again.

"Yes, I'm still a graduate of university."

Can't immigration have a file on us with some boxes that are ticked? CO2 graduated X uni in X year. That's been confirmed. His 3rd job doesn't need an apostilled copy. His first job covered that shit.

Are you really trying to bypass bureaucracy?

Society would fall apart without redundancy. Anarchist.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2731 on: February 13, 2017, 10:28:48 am »
Speaking of bananas, I wish there was a grocery store or market anywhere near me that sold bananas by weight instead of bunch. I can't eat 9 of them before they go too ripe.  :huh:

put your extras in the freezer and reap the benefits of delicious banana bread. If you don't have an oven you can make it in a crock pot or experiment with some dodgy stovetop baking.


  • shostager
  • Super Waygook

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    • November 06, 2012, 06:08:10 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2732 on: February 13, 2017, 10:30:35 am »
Speaking of bananas, I wish there was a grocery store or market anywhere near me that sold bananas by weight instead of bunch. I can't eat 9 of them before they go too ripe.  :huh:

put your extras in the freezer and reap the benefits of delicious banana bread. If you don't have an oven you can make it in a crock pot or experiment with some dodgy stovetop baking.

Rice cooker banana bread is also a thing. I've made it. The texture is a bit different, but it works out. Lots of recipes online for alternative uses for a rice cooker.


Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2733 on: February 13, 2017, 10:38:28 am »
Speaking of bananas, I wish there was a grocery store or market anywhere near me that sold bananas by weight instead of bunch. I can't eat 9 of them before they go too ripe.  :huh:

put your extras in the freezer and reap the benefits of delicious banana bread. If you don't have an oven you can make it in a crock pot or experiment with some dodgy stovetop baking.

Rice cooker banana bread is also a thing. I've made it. The texture is a bit different, but it works out. Lots of recipes online for alternative uses for a rice cooker.

You can make pancakes too. Bananas, eggs and some protein powder is delicious with some syrup on top.
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2734 on: February 13, 2017, 10:41:32 am »
Apparently you can also substitute eggs with bananas in many baking recipes.

I guess this could be good for the hardcore vegan or people with egg allergies. Or anyone who's just curious.


  • flyingspider
  • Super Waygook

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    • February 27, 2016, 08:33:47 pm
    • Gyeonggi-do
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2735 on: February 13, 2017, 11:34:00 am »
Speaking of bananas, I wish there was a grocery store or market anywhere near me that sold bananas by weight instead of bunch. I can't eat 9 of them before they go too ripe.  :huh:

put your extras in the freezer and reap the benefits of delicious banana bread. If you don't have an oven you can make it in a crock pot or experiment with some dodgy stovetop baking.

Rice cooker banana bread is also a thing. I've made it. The texture is a bit different, but it works out. Lots of recipes online for alternative uses for a rice cooker.

You can make pancakes too. Bananas, eggs and some protein powder is delicious with some syrup on top.
Banana pancakes do sound yummy. And I should invest in a rice cooker so I can try baking with it.


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  • The Legend

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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2736 on: February 13, 2017, 01:55:47 pm »
When you're teaching the kids about a new word, or some grammar are there pictures of certain people that you'll always use? Like, for cooking or chef, I will always us a pic of Ramsay.

Anyone else or am I shouting into the wind? haha
The joys of fauxtherhood


  • The Arm
  • Expert Waygook

    • 682

    • March 09, 2015, 09:15:02 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2737 on: February 13, 2017, 02:04:45 pm »
When you're teaching the kids about a new word, or some grammar are there pictures of certain people that you'll always use? Like, for cooking or chef, I will always us a pic of Ramsay.

Anyone else or am I shouting into the wind? haha

'Strong', 'Muscular', 'Muscles' etc... - I always use a picture of The Rock  8)


  • The Arm
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    • March 09, 2015, 09:15:02 am
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2738 on: February 14, 2017, 12:41:29 pm »
I remember in my first year, I went for a coffee with my CT and her friend who was an English teacher in another school.  My CT's friend was describing her school's NET:

"He's been here a few years.  He's nice but he kind of just sits in the corner and doesn't talk much.  I have to actively ask him to do things, he doesn't have much enthusiasm."

I remember thinking at the time, wow why would you bother being here just to be like that.  Seems so sad.

Fast forward three years and I'm exactly like that.  I don't know whether to laugh or cry  :laugh: :cry:


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  • The Legend

    • 2782

    • September 16, 2015, 02:23:16 am
    • Korealand
Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #2739 on: February 14, 2017, 12:45:15 pm »
When you're teaching the kids about a new word, or some grammar are there pictures of certain people that you'll always use? Like, for cooking or chef, I will always us a pic of Ramsay.

Anyone else or am I shouting into the wind? haha

'Strong', 'Muscular', 'Muscles' etc... - I always use a picture of The Rock  8)

When teaching verbs to the young 'uns, I like using different Kirby sprites.