This is Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Your basic big city in east Asia.
...But take a closer look.
You'd think a city filled with 3.3 million people would have at least a few advertisements on its streets, right?
"Oh, look! Some ads along this big intersection in Pyongyang. It sort of looks like Columbus Circle!"
Yeah! Except, well...not really.
Those bright red, blue and yellow signs are actually communist propaganda hyping up the 99th birthday of the late North Korean founder, Kim Il Sung, back in 2011. In fact, the only "advertisements" you'll see on North Korean streets are either honoring political leaders or bragging about the strength of the North Korean military.
See what I mean?
Now let's talk about celebrating your community.
This is what you expect to see at a typical parade in the U.S.
This is what you can expect to see at a typical parade in North Korea.
And then there's playing nice with the neighbors.
The U.S. and Canada might squabble from time to time, but for the most part, we dig each other.
North and South Korea, on the other hand? Not as tight.
Since the Korean War ended in 1953, officially separating the two, North and South Korea have been on dramatically different paths.
Here are the results after 60 years of separation:
And, shockingly, differences in physical characteristics have already appeared between the populations of North and South Korea.
North Koreans are, on average, 1.2 - 3.1 inches shorter than South Koreans. Researchers believe malnutrition in North Korean children is stunting growth.