9 Facts About North Korea That Will Blow Your Mind
For their upcoming film “The Interview,” James Franco and Seth Rogen stripped down for an appearance on reality show “Naked and Afraid.” Sounds crazy, right?
However, the facts about their upcoming comedy flick are much crazier than their naked bodies, as “The Interview” is about North Korea, the hermit kingdom that hangs off the east coast of China
Sure we all hear about North Korea, but actually we really don't know that much about the country. Things we do know is mindblowing.
1.MARIJUANA is legal and is not even classified as a drug
There is no taboo around smoking pot in North Korea. Many locals know the drug and smoke it regularly. The use and distribution of hard drugs like crystal meth is condemned by death penalty, yet Marijuana is reportedly neither classified as illegal or in any way policed. The herb of the bohemian and the free is not even considered a drug.
As a result, it's the discerning North Korean gentleman's roll-up of choice, suggesting that, for weed smokers at least, North Korea might just be paradise after all.
2.They control what hairstyles their citizens can wear
The lovely women of North Korea get to choose between the eighteen hairstyles, including many that seem straight out of the 80s and 90s, which are fitting, as it matches the graphic capabilities of the video threatening the United States, put out by North Korea earlier this year.
Married women tend to don the shorter hairdos, while younger women go for more playful hairstyles, such as braids and longer, wavy hair. What a country! They have their own officially sanctioned hairstyles. For men it’s worse. They get only ten to choose from.
3.Citizens pretty much can’t go on to the internet
The world wide web is inaccessible to communist North Korea, with the exception of government authorities. Anyone with access to a computer can only reach one domestic network, Kwangmyong. North Korea goes as far as making journalists turn off their mobile phones at the border, but as of this year they allow for terrible 3G service for visitors.
4.They rank their citizens on a scale of 51 “social categories”
Similar to the caste system, North Korea’s “Songbun” system is used to determine whether an individual is trusted with national responsibilities, granted opportunities or even given adequate food. This system affects the entire social system and determines whether a person is eligible to join the Workers’ Party of Korea.
5.North Korea is officially NOT Communist anymore.
In 2009, references to Communism were removed from the country's constitution, and "Juche" became the official state ideology, replacing Marxism–Leninism, when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972. Created by Kim Il-sung, it states that the Korean masses are the masters of the country's development, with an emphasis on political, economic and defensive self-sustainability.
6.They had the world’s tallest hotel for 20 years, but it was completely empty
North Korea was home to the world’s tallest hotel until the end of the 80s. The only thing, however, was that it didn’t exactly have any vacant rooms. That’s because it’s completely empty.
But at 105 floors, and being shaped like a pyramid, it was a marvel to behold. That’s what it’s all about in North Korea. Looking strong with absolutely no substance behind it. Now someone please explain why it cost $750 million to build. Horrible return on investment. The building is now “irreparable.”
7.They have the world’s largest stadium, which seats 150,000 people
North Korea may suck at sports, but at least they have the biggest stadium to be trash in. The May Day Stadium comfortably seats 150,000 people. Too bad all of those people are there against their own will.
The arena itself is an amazing feat and was finished in 1989. To this day it is heavily used and they even do crazy designs with the seats as pictured above. Neat-o!
8.In 2012, North Korean archaeologists announced they found the remains of a unicorn
In November 2012, North Korean archaeologists claimed to discover a mythical unicorn lair belonging to King Tongmyong, founder of the ancient Korean kingdom.
The announcement was made by the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences, which reported that the lair was found 220 yards from a temple in Pyongyang.
"A rectangular rock carved with words 'Unicorn Lair' stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392)," the report said. "The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn."
9.It’s the year 103 in North Korea, not 2014
You already know North Korea doesn’t operate on the same schedule as the rest of the world. That’s why they have this thing called the Juche Calender. And according to that, it is currently the year 103. Introduced in 1997, this is what you will find yourself on if you ever visit the motherland.