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North Korea: Male University Students Required To Get Kim Jong-un Haircuts

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the I'll-get-an-un dept.

Idle 110

An anonymous reader writes in with one more reason not to accept that full-ride scholarship to a North Korea University. "Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look. 'Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will,' one source tells Radio Free Asia. 'It doesn't always go with everyone since everyone has different face and head shapes.' Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. 'Until the mid-2000s, we called it the "Chinese smuggler haircut",' the Korea Times reports."

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110 comments

Debunked. (5, Informative)

oneiros27 (46144) | about 4 months ago | (#46598465)

The good news about being late to post stories (that aren't for nerds and don't matter), is that they've already been debunked:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com... [theglobeandmail.com]

Re:Debunked. (2)

coolsnowmen (695297) | about 4 months ago | (#46598595)

Interesting link. wow, the truth is almost more intense than the fictuion..

Re:Debunked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46601683)

Interesting link. wow, the truth is almost more intense than the fictuion..

It is almost funny how quickly the media gobbles up these stories, that "Sentenced his uncle to be eaten alive by dogs" also turned out to be a hoax. I particularly liked Daily Mail article, it was copiously illustrated including a blurred picture of a growling dog:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... [dailymail.co.uk]

They start with that classical Fox News style "...a report claimed" and then go on to describe the 'report' as if it is fact.

All the Same Haircuts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46603561)

It's hard enough to tell them apart as it is now.

Re:Debunked. (5, Insightful)

desertfool (21262) | about 4 months ago | (#46598643)

Kind of sad what Slashdot has become. When CNN is already reporting this as a fake, for it to appear here is a joke.

Re:Debunked. (1)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about 4 months ago | (#46598711)

Maybe this is the point? Maybe it was accepted as a form of irony, of self-criticism? Maybe the editors realized that the process of filtering and reviewing submissions lost so much of it's quality that, in a wake-up call, /. editors decided to accept the crappiest of fake stories and front page it anyway. Maybe this story is supposed to be the epitome of what plagued /. for so long now... News that doesn't matter. News that's not for nerds.

Or maybe they'r just lazy fucks.

Spoiler Alert (1)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 4 months ago | (#46598737)

Hey. I hadn't seen this episode yet brother.

And it's not a fake until our hive says it's a fake.

News happens, our lessers comment on it, and then and only then, we release a quasi-official opinion.

Re:Debunked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46601265)

Kind of sad what Slashdot has become. When CNN is already reporting this as a fake, for it to appear here is a joke.

Welcome to the world of your Dice overlords. /. is becoming a joke unto itself since the purchase by Dice Holdings. I only visit /. these days to waste time when I am otherwise bored. Maybe the CEO and its employees should be required to get Bill Gates haircuts and play Steve Ballmer's "toss the chairs monkey boy" game.

Re:Debunked. (4, Informative)

LordLucless (582312) | about 4 months ago | (#46598669)

That article's a strawman - it's debunking a claim that nobody made.

North Korea has a restricted number of haircuts that barbers are allowed to perform - 10 for men, and 18 for women. That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

The new claim was that the number of allowed haircuts for men was being reduced to 1. That doesn't mean the everyone in the country had to rush out and get their hair cut, it means that the next time they get their haircut, they will be forced to take a Kim Jong-un cut.

So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

Re:Debunked. (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 4 months ago | (#46598783)

So the fact that a bunch of visitors haven't seen a sudden growth in Jong-un-style haircuts neither proves nor disproves the original claim.

So visitors watching men walking out of a barber shop with 1 of the 10 (and not a Jong-un-style) doesn't debunk the original claim?

Re:Debunked. (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 4 months ago | (#46599849)

Not if the policy isn't in full effect, no.

Re:Debunked. (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 4 months ago | (#46600073)

So, then the article is wrong. There is no current policy to force the haircut mentioned.

Re:Debunked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46601501)

Except there is no such policy. Never has been.

Re:Debunked. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598833)

That's not in doubt, that article even referenced the fact.

Yeah it references it by saying:

And photos of suggested hairstyles posted outside women’s hair salons — the kind of photos a customer points at to speed up the explanation process — are regularly depicted by foreign media as showing the only sanctioned styles North Korean women can choose from.

Not true. But don’t tell that to the Internet.

Emphasis added.

Re:Debunked. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600827)

Wow, you managed to be wrong in every single sentence within your post. That's impressive; have long have you been practising? Are you training for a job in politics or marketing?

It's a smokescreen to distract from the REAL order (1, Offtopic)

SpankiMonki (3493987) | about 4 months ago | (#46598803)

...which sets forth new regulations for the proper appearance of new brides. [turner.com]

Debunked and Disappointed (4, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#46599557)

Too bad it's not true, because chicks dig that haircut.

I understand Jong-un is a real pussy magnet. At least that's what Dennis Rodman says.

Re:Debunked and Disappointed (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599891)

Lots of women find themselves suddenly attracted to men who can have them imprisoned or killed if they act disinterested.

Re:Debunked. (1)

Alain Williams (2972) | about 4 months ago | (#46600665)

from the Globe and Mail article:

The campaign claimed long hair hampers brain activity by taking oxygen away from nerves in the head. It didn’t explain why women were allowed to grow long hair.

Someone has a good understanding of biology :-)

Meanwhile, in many North Korean barbershops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600871)

There are lines of male university students which extend for several city blocks...

First haircut (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598479)

Stay frosty folks.

Also reported: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598481)

It's not true. Remember, you heard about it on the internet.

Well, it could be worse; (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598495)

...at least it's not a mullet

Re:Well, it could be worse; (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598647)

...at least it's not a mullet

Mullets are cool. Kim Jong-un's haircut is just crap.

Re:Well, it could be worse; (2)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 4 months ago | (#46598805)

Billy Ray, though you've been a stranger lately lest folks connect you with Miley, it is good to see you back at the keyboard.

Wait...they have universities? (3, Interesting)

Todd Palin (1402501) | about 4 months ago | (#46598525)

I'm glad to hear they still have universities, or is that not true either?

Re:Wait...they have universities? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598547)

Lots of third world countries have the illusion of education. That the USA for example.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (3, Insightful)

CohibaVancouver (864662) | about 4 months ago | (#46599297)

That the USA for example.

What is Godwin's law for Slashdot called? i.e. any Slashdot story about North Korea, after sufficient threads, will claim the USA is similar to North Korea in the given trait being discussed..

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 4 months ago | (#46600039)

Don't know about the US but here in my 1970's HS in Oz all the boys had to line up for hair inspections every few months. The headmaster would walk behind you and if your hair was anywhere near your collar he would draw a line on the back of your neck with a black marker pen and send you to the barber.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | about 4 months ago | (#46601251)

We can call this Cohiba's Corollary

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

Entropius (188861) | about 4 months ago | (#46599627)

Then why do so many foreigners come to the USA to study?

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600699)

The haircuts.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

davewoods (2450314) | about 4 months ago | (#46602723)

+5 internets.
No wait, AC?!!
+0 internets.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

dave420 (699308) | about 3 months ago | (#46604095)

The same reason plenty of people go to other countries to study... The US is not special, but I can appreciate how one would think that if you didn't know better.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

Entropius (188861) | about 3 months ago | (#46604411)

I'm not saying the US's universities are better than those anywhere else. (They're not.) I'm saying they're not, as great-grandparent insinuated, bad.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598549)

Well, universities aren't known for objectivity. The left has perverted them here.. I'm sure in North Korea they're propaganda outlets that happen to teach some useful skills. The only difference is degree.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#46599625)

I thought degree is what you go to university for?

Re:Wait...they have universities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598727)

Nope, the university part is true. Can't have a nuclear program without a strong empahsis on the book learning after all. Like it's southern counterpart, North Korea takes education seriously... for the most part. They DO care about education, it's just that NK schools also spend an enormous amount of time teaching kids about how divine and nobler their glorious dictators are.

Wait, they have students? (2)

raftpeople (844215) | about 4 months ago | (#46598739)

I can believe they have universities, the buildings at least, but I'm a little suspicious about the whole "student" thing.

Re:Wait, they have students? (2)

luckymutt (996573) | about 4 months ago | (#46599083)

Could be why the visitors in the article "debunking" the original haircut story didn't see anyone with that cut. It's a law, by one that applies to no one.

Re:Wait, they have students? (1)

LordLimecat (1103839) | about 4 months ago | (#46599893)

University of Potemkin, Class of 2014! WOO!

You know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600279)

The country has a nuclear program. They have every modern thing. They just don't have it for everyone. Why is it always americans that think every other coutry is a dirthole? I've travelled around, and can honestly say most modern feeling is not found in americas dying cities. Never been to north korea, but from what i've seen the places they like to show off look very nice. The "no adds on walls" law seem very nice.

Re:You know (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600661)

oh, harro! ^_^

fuck off back to china, you goddam gook.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (2)

hey! (33014) | about 4 months ago | (#46598967)

Remember the Monty Python "Dennis Moore" sketch? Well North Korea did it for real. Under the Songbun [wikipedia.org] system turned the old system of hereditary aristocracy on its head, producing ... another hereditary aristocracy.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (3, Informative)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 4 months ago | (#46600255)

Stalinist Communism is a really bizarre piece of double think.

Before the revolution you have evil aristocrats ruling over a mass of brutalised serfs.

Post revolution you have quite a New Class/Songbun which de facto aristocracy ruling over workers working on collective farms. And workers on collective farms have no right to change jobs, so their status is much more serf-like than it was pre revolution.

Just to make it even more Orwellian the pre revolutionary system wasn't actually like this. E.g. before the Russian revolution serfdom had been abolished pretty much everywhere

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S... [wikipedia.org]

Not because capitalists are humanitarians but because it's actually more efficient for rich people to employ free labourers for a wage when they're working than to own serfs or slaves.

Of course if you grow up in Stalinist state you're told that before the revolution (and in capitalist states) evil aristocrats ruled over brutalised serfs and now things are much better even though that's the opposite of the truth. And most likely you know on some level that is false - that the status of workers under 'socialism' is much close to serfs than it was either pre revolution or in evil capitalist states and even worse the ruling class is much closer to being a hereditary aristocracy.

Orwellian? George Orwell was a Socialist. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600621)

"Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism, as I understand it." - George Orwell

I felt the need to share that fact since propagandists always seem to omit it. He would have scoffed at your wage laborer remarks.

Re: Orwellian? George Orwell was a Socialist. (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 4 months ago | (#46602429)

He also thought that the USSR was totalitarian and not socialist. In 1945 he voted for the Labour Party which was democratic socialist. Labour was a party that grew out of the unions and whatever you can say about Labour there were definitely not about turning the workers into serfs.

Which is the point really - the USSR did the opposite of what democratic socialists like Orwell wanted and called it socialism.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 4 months ago | (#46599057)

Yep, they even have Internet with unrestricted access... to 127.0.0.1.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (2)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 4 months ago | (#46599093)

The official North Korean news website is: Naenara. [naenara.com.kp] It's quite interesting in a way. It reminds me of news services from China or the USSR in the height of the cold war.

Re:Wait...they have universities? (1)

ButchDeLoria (2772751) | about 4 months ago | (#46601107)

They have a posters gallery, but no order option? They could make a fortune off of edgy teenagers and Free Software advocates.

Getting back at us? (5, Funny)

beernutmark (1274132) | about 4 months ago | (#46598571)

I think it's just North Korea getting back at us for all The Onion stories they have fallen for.

Re:Getting back at us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599455)

where's the like button in this Slashdot thing

Re:Getting back at us? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | about 4 months ago | (#46600267)

Re:Getting back at us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46603515)

Worthless post!
It requires you to actually log in =)

Re:Getting back at us? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600729)

It's on Facebook, you worthless fuck.

Re:Getting back at us? (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about 4 months ago | (#46600047)

I think it's just North Korea getting back at us for all The Onion stories they have fallen for.

I think you mean, "... it's just North Korea getting back at us for all the Onion stories they have implemented as policy."

piffle (1)

koan (80826) | about 4 months ago | (#46598599)

It's North Korea who cares.

Haircuts are cheap (-1, Troll)

Kohath (38547) | about 4 months ago | (#46598659)

Here in the US, males 26 and older are forced to buy health insurance that includes pregnancy, even though pregnancy isn't a health condition for males.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598699)

I'm male and over the age of 26. I might be pregnant. I haven't gotten my period in a long time at least.
That proves that the government knows what's best for you, so shut up and give them your money.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598825)

You do know that an insurance policy is just a policy. The same thing applies to anyone buying it. You could just as truthfully say that women's health insurance covers testicular cancer.

It's not like insurance policies just changed this year to include it. They've been like that for years. You'd know that if you had ever read your policy.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46598857)

sure, but on the other hand, I've heard that males are often involved in creating conditions in which pregnancy can occur.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (4, Insightful)

whistlingtony (691548) | about 4 months ago | (#46598975)

Meanwhile, women have been buying health insurance that covers testicular cancer the whole time. Stuff a sock in it... This is how insurance works. We pool everyone. You're not buying specific health procedures. You're buying decreased risk. That's how insurance works. You got lumped into a pool that includes women.

If you only want to pay for SPECIFICALLY what you get sick for, we call that self insured. We also call that Not Insured.

I'm getting really sick of this stupid !@#$ing meme and the stupid !@#$ers that keep repeating it.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0, Troll)

JesseMcDonald (536341) | about 4 months ago | (#46599695)

This is how insurance works. We pool everyone. You're not buying specific health procedures. You're buying decreased risk.

No, that's not how insurance works. That's how charity works (or wealth transfer, a.k.a. theft, when it's forced). True, you're not paying for specific procedures. However, you should be paying according to the probability and cost of the procedures you're covered for. A procedure you'll never need has zero probability, and thus shouldn't affect your premiums.

You're not buying decreased risk. Risk is the product of probability and cost; if anything, insurance increases your risk by adding the insurance company's overhead and profit margin. It certainly can't decrease risk for everyone no matter how you structure it; there must always be at least as much payed in as the insurance company pays out, on average, or the company goes bankrupt. The purpose of insurance is to reduce the cost of an insured event to something manageable, in the event it does occur, at the expense of increasing the probability of paying that cost (you have to pay the premiums whether the event happens or not).

The idea behind insurance pools is to group together statistically independent policies of about the same level of risk. They don't necessarily have to cover the same things, you just want to avoid holding a bunch of cash in reserve, or else bankrupting the company in the event several large claims have to be paid out at the same time.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 4 months ago | (#46600677)

Risk is the product of probability and cost

No it isn't, you fucking moron. The product of probability and cost is the expected cost; risk is almost exactly the opposite. Risk is a measure of uncertainty; it's vague because there are many ways to define risk. For instance, one may define risk as the probability that seeking medical care will completely ruin you financially. It's easy to reduce this risk, even if it increases the average cost of medical care. There are many other definitions which I won't bother going over. The point is that you're an idiot. Don't use probabilistic lingo if you don't know what it means.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1)

T.E.D. (34228) | about 4 months ago | (#46602715)

As a Man who spent the last 25 years paying for his wife's birth control out of his own paycheck (or via *gasp* his health insurance), that goes double for me. It was an entirely health-related expense, just like the three pregnancies were, and the tubal ligation was. Or should those not be paid for either? In fact, for the last three years, my wife has had a particular "birth control" prescribed to her purely as a method to keep her hormones balanced properly (otherwise she would get migraines so bad she couldn't work).

I know the whole topic makes immature people like teenagers and Republicans giggle, but the fact is that birth control is a continual and integral part of health care for any family that contains at least one female between the ages of puberty and menopause. Just like pap-smears for women, and protstrate exams for older men. It is all part of the healthcare expenses of being an actual human being with (clutch your pearls here folks) sexual parts.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1)

JesseMcDonald (536341) | about 4 months ago | (#46603321)

You're buying insurance for both yourself and your wife, so your case isn't relevant to the discussion. Obviously any policy covering both a male and a female will include coverage for male-specific procedures for the male and female-specific procedures for the female. That doesn't imply that anyone should be forced to buy insurance for a procedure he or she is guaranteed to never need. Gender should be taken into account when calculating risk factors and premiums.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46603353)

If you only want to pay for SPECIFICALLY what you get sick for, we call that self insured. We also call that Not Insured.

You've missed an obvious intermediate case. Let me break the possibilities down for you:

  1. You pay for specifically what you get sick for. This is self-insurance/not-insured.
  2. You pay for things you might get sick for. This is insurance.
  3. You pay for things that you or other people might get sick for. This is a combination of insurance and wealth redistribution.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599029)

rush and shawn would be proud of your parrot vomit, nevermind its been like this since day one

besides I am tired of pissing my tax money away on looser 26 year olds with no health insurance cause they got their dick stuck in a keg, at that age either you have a decent job and its no big deal, or your a fucking wasteoid, go die and save everyone the trouble

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599433)

yea i agree bro

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599597)

Your impeccable spelling and grammar indicate quite clearly how much of a winner you are. I'm glad that we have people like you to argue so logically against those "loosers."

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599987)

it just means I didnt spend my life in an english class getting a doctorate to wait tables and act like an ass on slashdot

so in otherwords, go fuck yourself ... I need 10 on pump 8

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46600289)

Except, yes, you are acting like an ass on Slashdot, and unlike your uneducated self, many of us are perfectly capable of getting decent jobs.

How's that G.E.D. working out for you?

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1, Insightful)

Desler (1608317) | about 4 months ago | (#46599085)

Here in the US, males 26 and older are forced to buy health insurance that includes pregnancy, even though pregnancy isn't a health condition for males.

Yeah, and? Insurance plans have been that way for decades and decades.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1)

wavedalton (3530485) | about 4 months ago | (#46599619)

Women purchase insurance that covers erectile disfunction all the time. Sorry, males are not an oppressed population.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (1)

will_die (586523) | about 4 months ago | (#46600307)

In insurance they sure are; and only the kook sites keep saying otherwise.
Men pay more for all other types of insurance, car, life, etc. The one type of insurance that historically men paid a little less for was health and that was not just for because they had less reasons to have medical visits in studies of doctor visit men just visit doctor far less and run up lower costs for visit that are not related to differences in the sexes. As such men could in the past purchase insurance that took that in to account; same way that other types of insurance still do.
Or I could just go for the humorous response of don't women benefit the most for a cure of erectile dysfunction.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46602763)

In reverse - how do women get pregnancy related issues without getting pregnant?

Re:Haircuts are cheap (2)

TapeCutter (624760) | about 4 months ago | (#46600111)

"Waaaaaa, someone else might benifit if I pool my resouces with them!" - This ignorant, greedy, selfish, and ultimately self-defeating, worldview is the reason why UHC will never work in the US, it's also the reason why private insurance costs so much in the US. Lots of luck finding a private insurance company that will give you a discount after you have given them a pile of extra work adding/removing individual clauses from a boiler plate contract that are clearly irrelevant to you personally.

Re:Haircuts are cheap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46603659)

Here in the US, males 26 and older are forced to buy health insurance that includes pregnancy, even though pregnancy isn't a health condition for males.

Remove the tea bags from your anus, you're dangeously full of shit.

Much like pro creationism videos on Youtube... (1)

DRMShill (1157993) | about 4 months ago | (#46598851)

I can't determine with any confidence if they're actually serious or not.

Tomorrow... (1)

jeremyzone (1493355) | about 4 months ago | (#46598919)

And coming on tomorrow's /. news feed will be an article on Andrew Wakefield's new research discovery linking autism and vaccination...

Thank goodness for Chinese smugglers. (1, Interesting)

jcr (53032) | about 4 months ago | (#46599033)

Smuggling and the black market are the only thing keeping North Koreans alive.

-jcr

Betweena Moe, Larry, or Curly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599053)

I'd take a Moe anyday. And it's so easy:

Phase 1: place bowl on head
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: profit!

How do they tell which end ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599191)

Our leader's haircut is very particular !
Sure that's because their leader's ass and face look the same.
Wonder what unlucky soul gets the job to pick which side is actually the face?

As The Song Says (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599195)

"Got a Devil's Haircut in My Mind ..."

Dubious company (2)

Smerta (1855348) | about 4 months ago | (#46599207)

..."we called it the "Chinese smuggler haircut"

So I guess the "murdering dictator haircut" is in good company.

I wish I could (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599423)

tell you that they're a sane bunch here in south korea, but these guys are also nutbars..

Hoax (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 4 months ago | (#46599493)

Come on, it was a hoax [huffingtonpost.com]

Re:Hoax (4, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#46599661)

But a good one, it was not SO far out that it was easily debunked.

Then again, creating a believable hoax around NK is like shooting fish in a barrel.

Re:Hoax (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 4 months ago | (#46601379)

Indeed, since we do not have many real information from the country. Most of what we hear is propaganda from North Korea government, and imagination from western journalists.

Batshit crazy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46599785)

No real comment, the subject mostly covers it. Batshit crazy. Or, if you are offended by that, then try crazy as a shithouse rat. Pick one. Should not be allowed to emit sperm as its damaging to the human genome. Try this: Batshit crazy as a shithouse rat. Now go get a haircut!

They're more advanced than we realised! (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 4 months ago | (#46600629)

Until the mid-2000s

Oh shit, they've got time travel!

North Korea has universities? (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about 4 months ago | (#46600747)

what

Could the Dear leader be wrong? (1)

geirlk (171706) | about 4 months ago | (#46601161)

Could the Dear leader be wrong?

After all, haircut #7 looks better. But objectively speaking, my subjective meaning might not matter.

PS: I guess all responses should hence forth be sent me C/O camp #14.

There IS Precedent (1)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | about 4 months ago | (#46601261)

The Qing Dynasty actually did require males to have the same haircut. China, not Korea, but ideas can spread across borders, even North Korea's

Not very far-fetched for that insane country (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46601347)

Debunked? Maybe this time, but story was not too far from the truth: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_trim_our_hair_in_accordance_with_the_socialist_lifestyle

Some of us can only dream... (1)

ThatsDrDangerToYou (3480047) | about 4 months ago | (#46602231)

I long for days of old when I could rock the KJU cut! .. in theory.

"I believe everything I hear out of North Korea" (1)

peter303 (12292) | about 4 months ago | (#46603135)

The amount of disinformation is astounding.

Counting their blessings ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about 4 months ago | (#46603427)

... that DPRK isn't being run by Nikita Khrushchev.

In Soviet Russia, head (of state) shaves you!

Least interesting thing about Best Korea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#46603455)

"Ha ha! North Koreans have absurd hairstyles." This is the level of discourse surrounding North Korea in western media. Do you know what is actually absurd (other than western media)? A whole country that worships it's head of state like a god despite the Kim family's dreadful mismanagement. A civilization that is trying very hard to emulate a bee hive is rather dire from an individual rights standpoint and incredibly fascinating in terms of sociology.

Actual Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46604035)

The real story is that Male will have to remove several inches of their little Kim Jong... to match their leader.

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