How to Defeat the US with Math: An Animated North Korean Propaganda Film for Kids

Yes, North Korea won yesterday. Threatening 9/11-like violence, the DPRK scared Sony and America’s four largest theater chains into pulling the plug on the release of The Interview. And, just like that, Americans lost their right to watch their own propaganda films — even dumb funny ones — in their own theaters. But, don’t despair, we can still watch propaganda films from North Korea on YouTube — like the vintage animation for children above. You don’t need to understand what’s being said to get the gist. Take your schoolwork seriously, bone up on your geometry, and you can launch enough missiles to force America into submission. True, geometry doesn’t put you in a good position to hack corporate computers. But seemingly you can get that help from China.

via The Week

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  • Vincent KUBICKI says:

    Geometry becomes very abstract and close to algebra as one progresses through university. Algebra has a lot of applications in cryptography and computer sciences in general. Hence one could slightly disagree with the statement that “True, geometry doesn’t put you in a good position to hack corporate computers.” A well-known illustration of this would be that the NSA is one on the biggest employer of mathematicians on Earth, a lot of whom I guess are quiet acquainted with geometry.

  • Vincent KUBICKI says:

    I love the work done at OpenCulture to constantly publish high quality articles. Your site is a true gem of the Internet.

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