Lately, we heard a lot of stories and news about North Korea. You know, the country led by none other Kim Jong-Un. And while most of these discussions revolve around negativity, the communist country still has a couple of interesting facts to offer.
In fact, today, we here at Elite Readers decided to compile 12 facts about North Korea. We will leave the judging to you after you read the article. Check them out!
#12. Separate Calendar
In mid-90s, North Korea accepted the so-called new chronology. And based on this, the people there are currently in the year 106. It all started with Kim Il-sung’s birthday in 1912. During that time, all printed calendars came with two versions: the date for North Korea and the dates for the rest of the world.
#11. Social Classes
The DPRK authorities sometime in the past divided the country into three main social classes. These are namely the loyal “core class” (tomato), the “wavering class” (apple), and the “hostile class” (grapes). Subsequently, these classes are divided into 50 groups.
Tomatoes are deemed red both inside and outside. People here have proved their loyalty towards the party, though most of them are military officers and politicians.
Apples are also considered red but only on the outside. These are the individuals that require improvements and are most likely ordinary citizens.
Grapes are those who go up against the law. You are considered a grape if you try to make a phone call abroad.
Apparently, North Korea barely has constructed roads. Only eight percent of them are covered with a solid surface. Ironically, the citizens do not care and they do not find it an issue. This is perhaps due to the fact that all transports are controlled by the authorities. If you see a person who has a car, he/she might be a politician or military officer.
#9. Traffic Ladies
Although DPRK has little to zero constructed roads, they still have traffic lights – and all of these are efficiently installed. Interestingly, female traffic officers are the one responsible for managing the country’s traffic flow. And in order for one to apply, she must be single and younger than 26 years old.
#8. NADA Agency
If the United States has NASA, Kim Jong-Un’s country has NADA. However, the country’s space exploration started way back 1980s and it was only in 2013 when the agency became official. If you look closely, the logo is somewhat similar to that of NASA’s. Nobody knows, though, if it was intended or just pure coincidence.
#7. Mighty Kim Jong-il
He was the former leader of the communist country. Born in Mount Paektu, his birth was said to have caused a start to illuminate the sky along with the appearance of a rainbow. Rumor has it that he learned to walk, talk, and read at the age of one.
Following his death, the mass media said:
Layers of ice ruptured with an unprecedentedly loud crack at Chon Lake on Mount Paektu, and a snowstorm with strong winds hit the area.”
#6. Unicorns Exist
Do you want to see a Unicorn? Well, go to North Korea. Scientists there claim that this type of creature is not a product of the imagination and that it actually exists. They backed their claim after discovering an ancient lair of this once mythological creature.
#5. Magic Medicine
If you think Unicorns were too far enough, you have not read this. In North Korea, there is what that they call a magic medicine. They claim that it is capable of curing Ebola, Mers, and Aids. It can also be used to ease morning nausea, stress, and even cancer. The medicine’s main ingredient is ginseng, specifically that one that is grown in the Kaesong area.
#4. Arirang Festival
This one here is considered a huge festival. There are over 100,000 people participating in the musical-dancing show that is held in one of the world’s largest stadiums. In this event, participants demonstrate different sketches enough to earn the praise of the authorities.
#3. Clothes and Fashion
It is a big no-no for women in North Korea to follow international fashion trends. Doing so will earn them a golden ticket to prison. Nonetheless, this does not mean they do not know how to look and dress well. In fact, women there has a special interest towards high heels. They can spend the whole day wearing these and yet they will still look dashing.
#2. Leisure Squad
The country has a group in the military called the leisure squad. It is consists of young pretty girls, and you probably have guessed their main duty: To accompany high-ranking officials and military men in their free time. But make no mistake. These girls are still part of the regular army. If there is war, they can be commanded.
#1. It is a Happy Country
If you are to ask the country’s scientists, they will say to you that North Korea is one of the happiest countries in the world. They got this by conducting a research, and to be specific, they are second place after China in the rankings. It is true, however, that the authorities will do anything just to make their citizens happy. They believe that by doing so, they can boost both the community and the government’s morale.
Spanking Only Creates More Behavioral Issues in Kids, According to New Study
The study reinforces the idea that spanking is and will never be an effective technique for disciplining kids.
You probably can still remember the way your parents disciplined you in the past. They could have done it through words or perhaps, the most common of all, they spanked you. In our modern world today, however, the term spanking comes with a bad rap. And everywhere it gets tossed, people come out and suggest different views.
Interestingly, over the past few years, researchers have gathered all scientific evidence suggesting that spanking could only make a child’s behavior worse. This was courtesy of a team of psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Virginia. They found out that kids who got spanked by their parents were more likely to acquire behavioral problems.
A new study suggests that spanking can only create behavioral issues.
Oldest Depictions of Dogs Show Them Wearing Leashes and Helping Humans Hunt
The images only prove that humans were already training and domesticating dogs in archaic times.
Researchers have always believed that dogs were once considered a wild animal and that their looks and built were not similar to how they look now. However, experts are now close to finding the truth behind these creatures.
Somewhere in the northern part of Saudi Arabia, the researchers obtained what appears to be the earliest depiction (engraved) of dogs. While it is interesting in some ways, experts are still not convinced of it.
One of the images depicting the earliest forms of dogs.
Excruciatingly Painful Bullet Ant Glove Test in Brazil Welcomes Young Men Into Adulthood
The pain doesn’t end after the glove has been removed.
Every country has its own tradition of welcoming young people into adulthood. There are the likes of a bar mitzvah for Jewish boys or a celebration for a girl’s sweet sixteen. Some parents would allow their children to experience things on their own to let them survive through adulthood.
In some parts of the world, however, particularly in the Amazon, a coming-of-age ceremony for one tribe requires a young man to be subjected to an unimaginable pain - stings from bullet ants. This ceremony has been practiced by the indigenous Sateré-Mawé tribe of the Amazon rainforest to teach young men about suffering and to prepare them for all the dangers in the jungle.