10 Crazy Things You Didn't Know About North Korea
1MARIJUANA is legal and is not even classified as a drug.
2Six American soldiers ran to North Korea in 1962 and have lived there since then.
Soon after his arrival, Dresnok met Larry Allen Abshier, another American defector. Eventually, there were four of them: Abshier, Jerry Parrish, Charles Robert Jenkins, and Dresnok. The men lived together and participated in several propaganda efforts on behalf of the North Korean government. They appeared on magazine covers and used loudspeakers to try to persuade more American soldiers at the border to defect. However, at first they did not wish to remain in North Korea indefinitely. In 1966, the four men tried to leave North Korea by seeking asylum at the Soviet embassy in Pyongyang, but were immediately turned over to North Korean authorities by the embassy. Afterwards, Dresnok decided to settle in North Korea and assimilate. He married a couple of times and is currently in failing health.
3North Korea is the world's only nation to currently have a captured U.S. Navy ship.
Eventually, the North Korean government decided to release all crew members. The Pueblo is still held by North Korea and remains the second-oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy.
4North Korea is officially NOT Communist anymore.
5It's not 2013 in North Korea. The year is 102!
6North Korea hosts the World's Largest Stadium, seating 150,000 people.
Located in Pyongyang, it was finished in 1989. In the late 1990s, a number of North Korean army generals implicated in an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-il were executed via burning in the stadium.
7In 2012, North Korean archaeologists announced to the world that they "discovered" the resting place of a UNICORN
8There are 51 "Social Categories" ranked by their loyalty to the regime.
9On the border, there's a GHOST city to encourage South Koreans to enter.
10For 20 years, the world's tallest hotel was a 105-story empty pyramid in Pyongyang.
Japanese newspapers estimated the cost of the hotel at $750 million, which is 2% of North Korea's GDP. For over a decade, the unfinished building sat vacant and without windows, fixtures, or fittings, appearing as a massive concrete shell. In the late 1990s, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea inspected the building and concluded that the structure was "irreparable."
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