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10 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About North Korea

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📸: Pyongyang North Korea

1. Weed Is Legal There
There is no law against the sale or consumption of marijuana in North Korea. “Leaf tobacco” isn’t considered a drug there, and apparently cannabis freely grows by the roadside throughout the country. It’s not uncommon to smell the scent of weed wafting while walking the streets, and it’s particularly popular with young soldiers who prefer it over local cigarettes.

Photo: A Korean youth smoking cannabis by the roadside.

2. Porn Is Prohibited
Pornography in North Korea is strictly forbidden. The possession, production, distribution and importation of pornography is punished harshly by the government. The State Security Department is tasked with monitoring illegal imports of pornographic materials. There are sources say executions of several persons accused of watching or distributing pornography took place in late 2013.

North Korea police tracking down the IP address of a man watching pornography.

3. North Korea Keeps Citizens in Line With a “Three Rule Generations of Punishment”
In North Korea, someone who violates the law isn’t just punished – their entire family is, too. Knowing you’ll be sending grandma to the slammer or your kid to a prison work camp might make you think twice about doing a bad deed.

Photo : a law offender being punished with the entire family.

4. They Have Their Own Calendar
The Juche calendar, named after the Juche ideology, is the system of year-numbering used in North Korea. They started the count anew based on former leader Kim Il-sung’s birth date of 15 April 1912, kind of like a Before Kim and After Kim thing. The Juche calendar was adopted in 1997, and 1912 became Juche.

Photo: A Juche calendar for juche 99 ( 2010 )

5. North Korea Has Some Serious Military Might
You are probably aware that North Korea has a big army, but you may not know just how big. An estimated 1.19 million people serve are in active military service, making it the fourth largest standing army on the planet. By comparison, the US armed forces has about 1.36 million members.

Photo: North Korea’s Army 

6. Hairstyles Are Restricted
You’re not free to style your hair at whim in North Korea. In 2013 there were 28 state-approved hair styles that citizens could choose from. Married women were ordered to keep their hair sensibly short while single ladies were allowed to wear their locks a little longer. Now they are supposed to emulate the basic bob worn by the Supreme Leader’s wife, Ri Sol-ju. Men used to be able to express themselves through 10 short styles. Now they are forbidden to exceed a maximum of 2cm in length, and are encouraged to copy Kim Jong-un’s ghastly bouffant ‘do (maybe he’s on-trend, see below). Scissor-wielding authorities are cracking down on anyone sporting a “capitalist” hairstyle, and offenders may be shorn on the spot.

Photo: state-approved hair styles

7. North Korea Holds Elections Every 5 Years
Elections in North Korea are held every four-to-five years for the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the country’s national legislature, and every four years for Local People’s Assemblies. Only one candidate appears on each ballot.[7][8] Elections are ostensibly conducted by secret ballot, and a voter may cross off the candidate’s name to vote against them, but must do so by crossing out the name without secrecy.[7] Voting is mandatory and turnout is habitually near 100%.

Photo : Elections

8. A Must-see Attraction in DRNK, at Least for North Koreans
The embalmed and entombed corpses of the late “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-il and his father before him, “The Great Leader” Kim Il-sung, are preserved and on display in a glass casket for all to see. The mausoleum is located in Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the former presidential palace in Pyongyang. Apparently 150,000 people line up to see them each day, and there are strict rules about how to dress and bow in their presence. Macabre, yes, but it’s not that strange, really. The bodies of former world leaders Mao Tse-Tung, Ho Chi Minh and Lenin are similarly on display, too.

Photo: preserved bodies of of the late “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-il

9.0 North Korea Has a 100% Literacy Rate
It’s hard to verify a stat like this, but if it’s true, that puts North Korea way ahead of America’s functional literacy rate 0f 85%. The country does have universal free education, which is a good thing, but the curriculum includes a lot of indoctrination. For example, high school students must complete a three-year 81-hour course on the history of Kim Jong-un, which is in addition to a 160-hour course on Kim Il Sung and 148 hours on Kim Jong Il. Kim worship starts in kindergarten.

Photo: People of North Korea reading news at a bus station

10. North Koreans Are 2 Inches Shorter Than South Koreans
On average, North Korean citizens born after the war are shorter than their South Korean counterparts by about 2 inches. This is attributed to the relative poverty of the northern nation. It is said that 6 million citizens don’t get sufficient food and a third of the children have chronic malnutrition.

Photo: Chronic malnutrition of North Korean citizens born after the war.

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Johnny Depp’s Net worth: How Much Money Has The Actor Made?

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A court in Virginia ruled in favour of Johnny Depp on all three counts brought by his legal team, alleging that the actor had been defamed by ex-wife Amber Heard. As part of the ruling, Depp was awarded $15 million in compensation, while Heard’s countersuit was awarded $2 million.

Heard appears likely to appeal the verdict and will almost certainly appeal the compensatory figures given by the jury. However it seems very likely that Depp will receive a substantial payment as a result of the case, to add to his already-huge personal wealth.

Celebrity Net Worth estimates that the 58-year-old has a total net worth of around $150 million, and that figure does not include the compensation payments.

Also, vocalmedia.com has reported that the actor owns a village in the South of France, Amphitrite Yacht, Little Halls Pond Cay Island, Hollywood Hills Mansions,Somerset Mansion, Five Penthouses among others.

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Will Smith Once Revealed Jada Pinkett Smith Didn’t Mind His S*xual Fantasies About Other Female Celebrities But On One Condition

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Will Smith has always been open about his s*x life. The King Richard actor once revealed that he fantasised about a group of celebrities.

Recall Will Smith’s November 2021 interview with with GQ where he admitted that both Halle and Misty are his fantasy crushes, and also made it known that he enjoys an open marriage with Pinkett.
The actor’s s*xual fantasies happens to be a no secret to his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who do not  have a problem with Smith dreaming about other women but only on one condition.

What is jada Pinkett Smith’s condition

Will Smith in an interview revealed that Pinkett only has one condition and that is,  his fantasies can’t be about women he know.

While speaking with The Mirror, the Bad Boys actor said, “Part of the deal is that it can’t be women I know.” “It has to be women at a distance, so as soon as I get to know them, I have to give them up.”

In other news  Will Smith has revealed that he had envisioned his career being ruined after consuming drugs.

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Everything You Need To Know About The 27 Club

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The 27 Club is so-named for musicians, artists, actors, and other celebrities who have died at age 27 due to drug overdose, suicide, homicide or accidental deaths (such as transportation-related accidents).

Well known members of the 27 club — From to right: Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse. Image: Wikipedia

The 27 club consists of exceptionally talented singers and musicians who died at age 27,  between  1938 and 2011. These people would have undoubtedly influenced music history if they had lived longer . There are at least, 72  celebrities listed as far back as 1932.

Also, there are two criteria one needs to fulfill in order to become a member:

1. An artist needs to have achieved a level success before reaching the age of 27;

2. He or she needs to pass away in their 27th year

The most famous members include:

Robert Johnson, who died at age 27 in 1938, was the first member of the 27 Club. Johnson was a legendary early blues guitarist and songwriter. Hi guitar playing was so otherworldly he was said to have “made a deal with the Devil” to obtain his talent.

Jimi Hendrix was another otherworldly guitarist. His his mainstream career spanned only four year, he had global hits like Along The Watchtower, Foxy Lady and Angel. Eric Clapton in a 1968 interview with Rolling Stone said “Jimi can sing very well”.

Janis Joplin has always been extremely high on the list of the greatest and most influential female singers.She was one of the most successful and widely known female rock stars of her era, she was noted for her powerful mezzo-soprano vocals and “electric” stage presence.

Jim Morrison was a poet who named his band the Doors after the mystical poet William Blake’s “Doors of perception.”

Brian Jones was the founder and original leader of the Rolling Stones.

Kurt Cobain was the frontman for Nirvana and the group’s lead vocalist and primary songwriter.

Amy Winehouse was an immensely talented but deeply troubled English singer and songwriter.

Other members are sometimes included in the 27 Club, such as:

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat is better known as a graffiti artist and painter.
  • Louis Chauvain, a ragtime musician.
  • Rudy Lewis, a vocalist for the Drifters.
  • Dickie Pride
  • Rockin’ Robin Roberts
  • and others

Other gifted singers and musicians who died prematurely at other ages:

Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, committed suicide at age 28.  He was known for  songs like Wake Me Up ( which now seems prophetic for its refrain “I didn’t know I was lost” )  Levels,  The Nights and For a Better Day.

Sam Cooke was an incredibly gifted singer and a wonderful songwriter. He he wrote one of the greatest songs of all time, to boot. Cooke died December 11, 1964,  he was shot three times in the chest in a Los Angeles shooting.

Buddy Holly was a highly influential singer, songwriter and musician. He produced some of the most distinctive and influential work in rock music. Holly’s breakthrough hit was “That’ll Be the Day,” with The Crickets in 1957. Buddy Holly was just 22 years old when he died through a plane crash.

Freddie Mercury was a great singer, songwriter and showman. He was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.  At the time of his death, he is said to have had a net worth of around £36 million ($50 million ).  Mercury died on November 24, 1991

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Hank Williams Sr.
  • Elvis Presley
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Marley
  • Otis Redding
  • Whitney Houston
  • Tupac Shakur
  • Notorious B.I.G.
  • Karen Carpenter
  • Dolores O’Riordan
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Selena
  • Aaliyah
  • Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes
  • Tammi Terrell
  • Cass Elliot
  • Ritchie Valens

Thus article is based on information gathered from Wikipedia, Quora and other trusted journals.

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