The North Korean government is as fascinating as it is alarming. The country describes itself as a socialist state, but critics note its stark parallels to a dictatorship - particularly the rule of leaders Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. If you read the crazy things North Korean leaders have said, you'll probably want to learn more about the country. Unfortunately, North Korea has almost completely isolated itself from the rest of the global community. These quotes are all most people will get to experience of the probable dysfunction of the North Korean regime.
North Korea's closed-off nature makes it possible for its leaders to strictly control what information is given to the public. The resulting propaganda machine promotes the often bizarre cult of personality that has grown up around Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-il. From strange fibs to outrageous lies, here are the craziest things that North Korean leaders have claimed.
The Leaders Do Not Use The Toilet
State media within North Korea has put out a number of outlandish claims to build up a cult of personality around the Supreme Leaders. Perhaps the most famous - and strangest - claim was that Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung did not defecate. This was likely said in support of the view that the leaders are practically gods and are supernatural in nature. However, the claim appears to no longer be touted by the government, with Kim Jong-un having his own person toilet with him at all times.
Kim Jong-il Bowled A Perfect Game And Made Eleven Holes In One
According to state media, Kim Jong-il bowled a perfect 300 game in 1994 at a bowling alley donated by a Korean businesswoman. He also allegedly shot a world-record score of 34 across 18 holes on a golf course in the country. This round included eleven holes-in-one and not one hole with a score of more than a birdie.
Kim Jong-un Could Drive By The Age Of Three
In 2015, reports began to emerge from North Korea about a new curriculum that teachers had to use that included updated biographical information about the young Kim Jong-un. Said to be a child prodigy, Kim Jon-un reportedly could drive by the time he was three, was winning yachting races at nine, and was also an expert artist and musical composer at a young age.
North Korean Researchers Found Unicorns
In 2012, the Korean Central News Agency broke the story of how researchers had discovered a real-life unicorn lair inside the country. This cave was allegedly the lair of one of the unicorns that was ridden by an ancient Asian leader known as King Tongmyong. A group of archeologists from the Academy of Social Sciences at the History Institute was credited with the discovery, with the lair being found just a short distance away from a sacred temple in Pyongyang.