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The Funniest Internet Reactions to Kim Jong-Il's Death

North Korean dictator and all-around wacko Kim Jong-Il was reported dead by his home nation on Sunday, December 18th, 2011. According to official state reports, he died from fatigue - possibly relating to coronary issues - while riding on a train. The Internet, not feeling inclined to give the near-universally loathed figure a pass, immediately piled on with the jokes. And I just happened to be around for the whole thing.

Many, many, many people - including some professional comedians - immediately seized on the EXTREMELY obvious pun in the dictator's name, citing that "I didn't even know Kim Jong was ill," or some such thing. I mean, you expect a bit of that from random Twitter users, but Albert Brooks? The guy wrote "Lost in America." One entry in that genre is reproduced below, but mainly for posterity and because they included a funny picture. Overall, those people should be ashamed of themselves.

Kim Jong-Il will very likely be replaced by his son, Kim Jong-un, a 28-year-old army general about whom very little is known. Comforting, right? Maybe this isn't a good time for levity... Oh well, too late.

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    Meet North Korea's New Leader

    Hang on... something's wrong about this...

    via SigKnight on Reddit

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    Slowpoke on Kim Jong-Il

    via Provider92 on Reddit


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    GGG on KJI

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    The Slowest Internet Reactions

    Yeah, that's right, I put one of my own jokes on the list. Big whoop. Wanna fight about it?

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    Imminent Kim Jong

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    Oprah's in Poor Taste

    [DISCLAIMER: Obviously, Eli Braden is JOKING and Oprah did not really Tweet this. So you don't need to leave that in the comments...]

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    Rob Delaney Pays His Respects

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    Wait, That's Not...

    via Redditor Nochaa

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    It Is Kind of Getting Out of Hand...

    Maybe I should pump the brakes on this thing. I might be just making it worse.

    via Dragonlax on Reddit

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    Just in Case...

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    The Vigoda Factor

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    Keeping Up with the Jong-Il-ians

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    Ill Kim Jong

    This joke was made about a million times in the aftermath of Kim Jong-Il's death, but this was the only memorable iteration.

    via Spamshield on Reddit

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    Kim Jong-Il Doesn't Want Flowers

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    Will He Still Look at Things?

    This tweet, of course, references the much-loved blog, Kim Jong Il Looking At Things. Hopefully, there are enough photos to keep that Tumblr updated for at least a little while longer.

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    The Blissfully Ignorant

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    Wait, How Did He Die?

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    Too Soon?

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    Lame Pun Coon Summarizes the Worst Jokes

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