Many believe that Mesopotamia was the world’s first official civilization, which existed over 10,000 years ago, and since then, the world has seen the rise and fall of countless other nations, primarily due to war, disease and famine. Over the course of so many centuries, civilization has evolved multiple times, to the point that empires rose and spread their influence across the globe, and such expansion was directly responsible for the creation of the countries that exist today. There are currently 196 countries in the world, and despite several ongoing conflicts, most of these countries are democratic in nature, and the citizens enjoy primarily happy and peaceful lives.
There are some countries though, which are governed by terrible and even ruthless leaders. One of these countries is North Korea, which is deservedly viewed as one of the worst countries in the world. Ever since 1945, North Korea has been ruled over by the Kim family dynasty, which was originally founded by Kim Il-Sung, and is now in the hands of his grandson Kim Jong-Un. The country is known for being isolationist, as it is virtually cut off from the rest of the world due to its totalitarian ideology and a variety of crippling economic sanctions. Because the country is so isolated, its citizens have had to suffer through imposed poverty and minor famine.
Since North Korean citizens have no connection to the outside world, they are basically brainwashed, and have no idea that the outlandish claims made by their leaders are absolute lies. And it is comical what these so-called leaders claim to be true. Here are 15 of the most shocking, bold and unreal claims made by North Korea.
15. Kim Jong-Il Was The World’s Best Golfer And Bowler
Sports, or athletic competition in general, have been around for thousands of years, but now, you are considered to be an athlete whether you play football or ping-pong, and although many individuals become professional athletes, most people play some kind of sport casually. The most popular sports that people play in a casual manner, are bowling and golf, and like all sports, there are individuals even at the causal level who are more skilled at the games than others, and some are so good that they can even be considered ‘naturals’. According to North Korea, not only was Kim Jong-Il considered a natural at both golf and bowling, but he was also the best to ever play both games. Apparently, the former leader scored a perfect 300 game in bowling the very first time he played, but even more astonishing, is the fact that the first time he played golf in 1994, he is said to have scored 38 under par on a official 18-hole course, which included five hole-in-ones, and which was 25 shots better than the best round of golf ever played. Strangely though, there are no records outside of North Korea that either of these scores ever actually happened.
14. It’s The Year 105
This article was written in late December, so by the time you read it, we will have begun, or are about to begin the year 2017 (which will hopefully be better than 2016 when it comes to both well-known celebrities not dying, and the calming of the current political climate). We all know that a year encapsulates a total of 365 days, and that such a measurement is determined based on how long it takes the Earth to make one full rotation around the sun, but in North Korea, not only is it not 2017, but the coming of a new year is not directly based on the planet’s rotation. In North Korea, it is believed that the calendar year started on the day Kim Il-Sung was born, April 15, 1912, meaning that according to North Korea, we are about to enter the year 105 instead of 2017. This is not the first time people have associated years with the birth of a person, with the birth of Jesus Christ marking the end of the B.C. period, but the original Kim ruler was no Jesus.
13. Kim Jong-Il Was Incredibly Gifted
Our world is filled with gifted and extraordinary people, individuals who are fortunate enough to be better at certain things than the vast majority of people, in fact the case can even be made that everyone is gifted at something. World leaders are human just like us, so they can also be gifted at certain things, whether it be athletics, music, or education, and according to North Korea, not only was Kim Jong-Il a gifted individual, but he was one of the most talented people to have ever lived. North Koreans claim that their former leader learned to walk when he was only three weeks old, and started to speak just five weeks after that, which are both physical and mental impossibilities, but this is North Korean logic. This was not the extent of how gifted he was, as he is ‘credited’ with writing 1,500 books in a three-year span during his time at university, which is equivalent to five full books a day; he also apparently wrote several operas which were considered as the best music ever played.
12. The Country Has A Fair Criminal Justice System
In any civilized society, the rule of law is necessary to keep the peace and the status quo, because without the rule of law, it would literally be anarchy in the streets with people doing whatever they wanted, no matter how despicable, without any repercussions. Each and every country in the world has its own criminal justice system, which serves to hand out sentences to those who have broken some kind of law, whether it be assault, theft, or murder, and in most countries these punishments are completely justifiable, but there are some countries which deal out absurd and unfair verdicts. North Korea makes the claim that its criminal justice system is the best and fairest in the world, but in reality, it is amongst the worst, as a North Korean citizen who breaks the law is sent to a prison camp where they are expected to work incredibly long hours every day, but when a person is sentenced, their family gets sentenced as well, as their parents, children and even their grandparents are often times sent to work in the camps as well to share the sentence.
11. The Country Has A Literacy Rate Of 100%
No matter what some people might say, education is probably one of the most important things in the world, in terms of obtaining knowledge and skills which will enable you to find a good job in the future. A country needs to have a lot of educated people if they hope to compete against other countries, which is why each country’s literacy rate is such an important stat, and if you were to believe North Korea’s literacy rate, they country consists solely of well-educated individuals. According to North Korea, the country’s literacy rate is basically 100% meaning that every single man and woman in the country over the age of 15 is capable of reading and writing, as each person must attend school from kindergarten all the way to university. Such a feat would indeed make North Korea the best educated country in the world, but based on the fact that they have no access to the outside world, or the literature it provides, just how educated can they be?
10. The Rest Of The World Loves North Korea!
There are countries in the world like Sweden, Canada, and Switzerland who are beloved by most of the world, but there are also some countries like Iran, Syria, and even Russia, that are incredibly disliked by a majority of the globe. As a country run by a dictator who has very little regard for the lives of his citizens, North Korea is amongst one of the world’s most disliked countries, and for over sixty years their leader has consistently been one of most despised heads of state throughout the reign of the Kim family. According to North Korea, Kim Jong-Il was the most beloved and influential leader in the world, and that many countries would celebrate his birthday every year by holding festivities and playing movies. The truth though, as we all know, is quite the opposite, as Il had been charged with crimes against humanity for his treatment towards his people, who for some reason still have not realized that their country is just plain terrible.
9. Their Leader Had A Miraculous Birth
It stands to reason that we all know how babies are born, and that the process can occur through natural means or through a c-section, and although we call childbirth a miracle, very few times can it actually be considered as one. In North Korea, the government claims that Kim Jong-Il was in fact one of these real miracles, as his birth allegedly took place atop Mt. Baekdu, the holiest of the country’s mountains during the Japanese occupation of the country during the second World War. It is believed that at the moment of his birth, the season changed from Winter to Spring, that a double rainbow appeared above the mountain, and that a brand new star was created which lit up the entire sky. Aside from the fact that there are no records of such an astrological event taking place, this claim is a bit fishy because of conflicting records which indicate the former leader was born in a village in Siberia.
8. Their Leader Cured Dwarfism
It is a monumental day whenever some kind of disease, illness, or condition is finally cured, and the ones who develop said cure go down in history for accomplishing the deed, but sometimes individuals claim to have a cure for something when all they have is a bottle of lies. In North Korea, they claim that Kim Jong-Il found the cure for dwarfism, a condition in which an organism’s growth is either slowed or completely stunted, and in the case of human beings, this condition usually refers to people who are under 4 feet 10 inches. North Korea has had many cases of dwarfism due to the fact that many citizens suffer from malnutrition, and in 1989, Kim Jong-Il (who was just over 5 feet tall himself) announced that he found a cure for it, and sent out pamphlets to tell every short person in the country about it, When these people arrived to receive the cure, they were instead deported to uninhabited islands so as to remove their genetics from the population; and since there were not that many short people around afterwards, Il’s claim stuck.
7. The Country’s Elections Are Democratic
A democracy is a political system in which the citizens elect a group of representatives amongst themselves in order to form a functioning government, and although some may disagree, it is the best form of government to ever exist. North Korea may officially be called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, but as we all know, it is a country with a government overseen by a totalitarian dictator. Despite being run by a dictator, North Korea has made it clear that the country actually holds elections with ballots and everything, but these elections are not as democratic as they claim them to be. North Koreans may go to the polls every five years, but this election provides its citizens with only one official candidate to vote for, the current leader, making these elections democratic in a sense, but not really.
6. Kim Jong-Il Invented The Hamburger
The United States has given the world many things, whether it be medicine, scientific advancements, or reality show celebrities, but America has also provided the globe with its own distinct food, with the most popular being the hamburger. In North Korea, most things that have to do with the U.S. are banned by the government so that the citizens cannot be influenced by them in any way, and because of this, the Kim family were able to take credit for American achievements, like the hamburger. It was Kim Jong-Il who brought the hamburger to North Korea, and took credit for its creation, by saying he invented a new sandwich which for some reason he named “double bread with meat” instead of just calling it a hamburger. Putting aside the name’s creativity, Il went on to build a plant specifically designed for the mass production of hamburgers, and primarily used the sandwich as a way of rewarding the country’s university teachers and students; which is why to this day, North Koreans claim that their former leader provided the world with the hamburger.
5. Kim Jong-Il Was Magical
This entry is probably the most joked about because of just how ludicrous and ridiculous some of these claims are, and with good reason too, as some of these are really out there, to the point that you have to wonder just how many North Koreans actually believe that they are true. Earlier, it was mentioned that Kim Jong-Il had a ‘miracle’ birth, but according to North Korea, he was not only a miracle, but a magical being with some supernatural powers. One of the things which made him magical was the ‘fact’ that he never used the bathroom, meaning that he never had to urinate or defecate like all of us lesser beings, and as absurd as that sounds, North Koreans also believe that their former leader had power over the weather. As it turns out, the weather would change based solely on Kim Jong-Il’s mood, meaning that if he were happy, the country would be bathed in sunlight, and if he were sad, people would have to deal with dark clouds and rain.
4. Kim Jong-Il Was A Fashion Icon
Of all the billion dollar industries out there, a few exist that focus heavily on a person’s appearance, with the fashion industry being at the top of the list, and the fashion world has produced multiple famous models and designers who are considered to be icons in the field. When we hear the term fashion icon, we think of supermodels like Kate Upton and Nina Agdal, or of designers like Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, or Michael Kors, but there are also certain men outside of the fashion world who are considered to have iconic looks, and according to North Korea, Kim Jong-Il was one of them. For those who do not remember this look, Kim Jong-Il used to wear a zip-up khaki tunic with matching pants, and according to North Korea, his trademark outfit became a global phenomenon, to the point that millions of men all over the world, wore it, a statement which is blatantly false as no one outside of North Korea was running into stores trying to get their hands on this outfit.
3. The Korean War Was Started By The USA
The Korean War may have technically ended with a stalemate and the creation of a demilitarized zone, but its effects are still very much felt today due to the ongoing strenuous relationship between the two Koreas. Although the war concluded over 60 years ago, it is still a highly talked about topic within North Korea, but apparently, the North Koreans are taught a very different version of events, as they are told that is was the United States who started the conflict in the first place. North Koreans are told that the U.S. occupied South Korea, and used it as a launching pad for a full blown invasion of the “peaceful” North, an invasion which failed thanks to the regime’s founder Kim Il-Sung who heroically defeated the Americans. After all these decades, North Koreans are still told that South Korea is under American occupation, that the U.S. is still planning an invasion, that the people of South Korea live in suffering, and that American soldiers will shoot any North Korean who attempts to cross the border.
2. There Is No Need For Internet Access
We have reached the point where the internet is used every day by virtually every single person on the planet, in fact the internet is so interconnected with our lives now that we cannot imagine life without it, but not everyone in the world possesses access to the internet. North Korea is home to roughly 25 million people, but only the leader and government officials have access to the internet, while everyone else is banned from using it. Obviously, the reason why the government denies its citizens internet access is because they do not what their people to learn about how the rest of the world lives, because it may lead to revolution, but the government says something different entirely. According to the North Korean government, the reason why citizens are not granted internet access is to protect the integrity of the Western World, because seeing all the negative comments and p*rnography on the internet would cause the citizens to be highly critical of the West.
1. Life In North Korea Is Great!
We only live once, which is why every single human being on the planet wants to live a life which is filled with peace and happiness, and for most of us who live in the Western World, we are fortunate to have such an opportunity. In some countries though, people are not afforded this chance, and North Korea, no matter what they say, is one of these countries, because their citizens are forced to live in poverty and malnutrition. For starters, about 200,000 North Koreans are currently suffering in prison work camps, while about half of the overall population live in extreme poverty due to all the sanctions and embargoes imposed on the country. People are even expected to offer their own feces to provide fertilizer for crops which are mostly distributed to the capital of Pyongyang, a city in which only the most loyal are allowed to live in. North Korea may make the claim that their citizens are the happiest and most well-off in the world, but based on some of the things mentioned on this list, life in the country is indeed terrible.