North Korea has for long manipulated its mainstream media and made claims that will make the rest of the world stare incredulously. It’s no secret that the country’s dictator Kim Jong-un loves making headlines. One bizarre story after another has been served to the world audience as ‘news’ stories.
Let’s look at the craziest things North Korea has claimed:
1. North Korea invented waterproof liquid
Yes, you read that right. North Korea’s state-owned website, KCNA claimed that it was the invention of a generation. The invention was allegedly, for the time, used as a floor sealant and has since then been widely used in the construction of apartment buildings in Pyongyang.
2. North Korea invented a drug to cure AIDS, Ebola
Kim Jong-un is proud of his nation’s scientific breakthroughs. The wonder drug that they created can apparently cure AIDS, Ebola, and cancer! It was said that in a trial in Africa, 56 percent of the participants were completely cured while 44 percent showed a considerable improvement in their condition.
3. North Korea discovered mythical unicorn lair
In 2012, leaders claimed that they had discovered a mythical unicorn lair just a short distance away from a Pyongyang temple. The archaeologists from the Institute of Academy of Social Sciences confirmed the discovery after they found the words “unicorn lair” carved into stone.
4. Kim Jong-un climbed an active volcano
The North Korean dictator climbed the 2,744m active volcano Mt. Paektu to meet 100 soldiers who waited for him at the summit for a photoshoot. However, while climbing down, Kim Jong-un took an elevator ride.
5. Kim Jong-il invented the hamburger
The North Korean publication, Minju Joson, credited Kim Jong-il for inventing the hamburger. The leader reportedly created a brand-new sandwich and named it, “double bread with meat”. The burger was supposed to provide quality nutrition to teachers and students. Soon thereafter, the country set up a plant for mass hamburger production.
6. Kim Jong-il was an expert golfer
According to Kim Jong-il’s biography, the leader had his first tryst with a game of golf in 1994, at North Korea’s only golf course. He shot a 38-under par round that helped him bag 11 holes-in-one. North Korea claimed that he broke a world record. The man retired from the game immediately after that round.
7. Kim Jong-il never used a toilet
Kim Jong-il’s biography also claims that the leader, given his supernatural abilities, never used a toilet. Apparently, he never felt the need to urinate or defecate. He could also control the weather because he was practically a God, given his supernatural birth. Even Kim II-sung apparently never used a toilet.
8. North Korea said the Japanese stole time
North Koreans believe that in 1919, the Japanese “imperialists” stole time. In 2015, Kim Jong-un decided that this could not be tolerated. So, he ordered to set the clock behind by 30 minutes. Everything became well in the world again.
9. Kim Jong-un could drive by the age of three
In 2015, reports emerged claiming that the leader had learned how to drive by the age of three and was an expert racer winning yachting races at the age of nine. He was also hailed as an exceptional artist and a musical composer.
10. North Korea created hangover-free alcohol
In 2016, the country had invented a new kind of alcohol – hangover-free alcohol. The Pyongyang Times explained how the booze was made from special ingredients that stopped it from causing headaches and sickness.
11. Kim Jong-il was a global style icon
In 2010, North Korea’s official state news website claimed that Kim Jong-il’s was a style icon and that his fashion was being imitated worldwide. Apparently, his modest gray suits left “a deep impression on people’s mind in the world”.
From wonder drugs to hangover-free alcohol, we wonder if the North Korean leaders have left anything untouched. A huge round of applause for the imagination – because that’s all that was working here!