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Weird Website of the Week: Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

Ransom Riggs

It's crucial that the autocratic leader of an on-the-verge-of-starving population look like he knows what he's doing, lest the people turn against him. One of the top ways that Kim Jong Il seems to do this is by surveying his kingdom, as it were, which also gives the press corps that follows him a chance to publicize the various facilities and natural resources he surveys. This is good because it lets the people know that yes, we have bread factories! And yes, we have fields that grow things! And so on. Taken together, these photos give the impression that the leader of North Korea is on a perpetual guided tour of his own country. And so a blog was born: Kim Jong Il Looking at Things. Here are some of the things he looks at.

Tables of food: