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North Korea’s latest attempt to break from “wicked Japanese imperialists” involves following a different time zone from its hated neighbour. Here’s a look at some of its leaders’ wackiest decisions over the years, and what makes the country ‘special’
North Korea doesn’t want its time to reek of “wicked Japanese imperialists”, and starting August 15, will be following the Pyongyang Time, which moves time back by 30 mins to become GMT+8:30, in keeping with its glorious past.
The calendar begins after the birth of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-un’s grandfather on April 15, 1912, named the Day of the Sun
No Cars for Commoners
With only military and government officials allowed to own cars, North Koreans don’t own cars unless they’re somebody very important. Since travel without prior permission is banned, what use are cars anyway?
The Name Kim Jong-un
Babies in N.Korea needn’t fear being named after the young Supreme Leader, his daddy, or even his grandpa, as all three names are strictly prohibited. Any defaulting babies will have to pay the price of impersonation.
Kwangmyong, Kim’s officially sanctioned intranet
People from the 21st century viewing N. Korea’s version of the internet will be reminded of internet circa 1994. Korean for “bright star”, Kwangmyong runs on a pirated Japanese software, allowing users to email and browse a tiny collection of censored sites from select locations in big cities. ‘Real’ internet can only be accessed by top govt officials, and in a country of 25 million, there are only 1,024 IP addresses to be found. At any rate, since owning a computer is nearly impossible, what’s the point of internet?
Married women are advised to keep their hair short, while men trying out a spiky style may face some action; but feel free to choose from a dazzling array of hairstyles especially picked from an 80s fashion catalogue. While men can choose from 10 suave haircuts, women can pick from 18. The Leader’s own ’do is of course not on the list.
Censorship is a cinch
Always at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, N Korea presets all TV and radio sets to receive only the government propaganda channels. What especially irks the govt are the South Korean TV shows that are sometimes smuggled into the country.
Denims Won’t Do
Wearing jeans, especially blue ones, could land you in jail in a country that views them as a symbol of the ‘enemy’ United States.
A different time zone sounds quite apt now, doesn’t it?
Source : News Flicks