Your average American Bumblefuck is dumb as gravel when it comes to nearly everything outside of his/her immediate sphere of interest — money, friends, food, family, Twitter, fashion, pets, pet food, laundry, cutting the grass, toenail clippers. Honest admission: Before I flew to Seoul on a 2013 trip to Vietnam, I was under a vague impression that the Korean peninsula was located northwest of Japan. It’s located generally west of Japan. Okay, west by southwest.