Tag Archive for North Korea

15 Credibility Street #15: Bombs

Welcome to a satisfyingly synchronous episode of our podcast. One of us had cake. Then we got into the news of the week. Professor Sasquatch of Centralia Community College just gets weirder. The PR hazards of forcibly re-accommodating a passenger were not good but the rumor chaos that followed was bad for the poor passenger involved. Scorpions on…

Un-stylish haircut hoax

North Korea propaganda is always good for a joke. Mandatory Kim Jong Un haircuts a baldfaced lie? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz…

Did Kim Jong-Un Feed His Uncle To Dogs? (UPDATE)

North Korean Dictator Kim-Jong Un may not have had his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, and five of his closest aides executed by firing squad for crimes against the state as had been widely reported. A new story out of the Singapore Straights Times cites an unconfirmed report out of Wen Wei Po, a Hong-Kong based…

Are these North Korean hovercraft full of eels?

Seriously, I’m just going to include as “doubtful” ANY story that come out of North Korea. It’s like Pravda over there. Is This North Korean Hovercraft-Landing Photo Faked? – In Focus – The Atlantic. While researching a photo entry about North Korea’s recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea’s official…

Honey, we have meat!

What are we to make of this horrendous story from North Korea? North Koreans Reportedly Turn to Cannibalism Due to ‘Hidden Famine’ News out of North Korean in notorious unreliable, but food shortages in the country have gotten so bad and people so desperate that there are now reports of men murdering their own children…

Unicorn lair in North Korea. I don’t even… (UPDATE: Not real unicorns)

The perfectly doubtful news story. North Korea Has Found a Secret Unicorn Lair, Apparently “Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom,” reports the — wait. Stop. UNICORNS? That’s an actual snippet from a…

Kim Jong Un-Sexiest Man accolade

In doubtful news, in more ways than one… Chinese paper congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion. In a hilarious if increasingly common example of a real newspaper taking a satirical newspaper seriously, the People’s Daily—the website for the Communist Party of China’s newspaper—published a story on Tuesday congratulating…

Creepy mass hysteria of ‘mourning’ in North Korea

Watch the Unnerving Mass Hysteria of ‘Mourning’ North Koreans. Obviously: who knows how “authentic” this footage is—the show of mourning could be entirely staged, or done for fear of reprisal, or maybe the cameraman stumbled across the only Vaclav Havel fans in all of North Korea—but there’s no real explanation for it that makes the…