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20 Bizarre Facts About North Korea



North Korea is a mystery to pretty much everyone – even North Koreans. They keep their country extremely secluded from the rest of the world, so not too many people know very much about the customs, habits, and details of what goes on within their borders. This list may surprise some, because there are many things on it that one would not expect to come from such a seemingly strict country. Being one of the few countries left under Communist rule, it has kept a very secretive profile. This list will hopefully shed some light on the life of North Koreans.

It Is Not 2015

In North Korea, they don’t use the same calendar that the rest of the world does. Their calendar is based off of Kim Il-Sung’s date of birth: 1912. So for them, it is actually year 103.

They Have Their Own Godzilla

After seeing Godzilla, Kim Jong-il wanted to create his own version of the film, and came up with Pulgasari. It actually became very popular in North Korea.

Kim Jong-il Loved Brandy

Reportedly, the former leader imported $763,000 worth of cognac every year. That’s a lot of brandy.

Marijuana Is Legal

Shockingly enough, North Korea does not consider pot to be an illegal drug. For a country that is so strict on so many things, marijuana is not one of them.