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.
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.
Apparently Kim Jong-il was a genius academic and composer. According to his official biography, the leader wrote more than 1,500 books while at university, which are all available in the state library. He even reportedly penned six operas after graduating, "all of which are better than any in the history of music."
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.
Thousands of people publicly mourned Kimg Jong-il's passing, but according to state news agency KCNA, nature even grieved the loss. Ice that had formed over a famous lake allegedly cracked, mysterious lights were seen on top of a sacred mountain, and snowstorms hit parts of the country the moment the leader died.
There were even reports that flocks of magpies were grieving at the spot of a statue of Kim Jong-il and his father, Kim Il-sung.