Did Kim Jong-Un Really Give Candy to Every North Korean Kid for His Birthday?

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Did Kim Jong-Un Really Give Candy to Every North Korean Kid for His Birthday?
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Did Kim Jong-Un Really Give Candy to Every North Korean Kid for His Birthday?

If you believe in unicorns, you can believe the latest fairy tale to emerge from Pyongyang. To celebrate his birthday tomorrow, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un reportedly sent every child in North Korea under the age of 10 a kilogram of candy last week, sparking instant happiness across the hapless nation — wait, what? Here's the report from the AFP today: "North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has sent one kilo (2.2 pounds) of sweets to every child to mark his birthday on Tuesday, carrying on a tradition instigated by his grandfather, state media reported."

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And that's the key phrase here: "state media reported." North Korea's news agency is a powerful propaganda machine, to the point of 30 Rock parody. Yes, this would be the same state media that late last year reported that North Koreans had discovered a lair of magical unicorns proving Pyongyang to be the capital city of Ancient Korea. That being said, if Kim Jong-un wasn't really mobilizing a plane to help deliver candy to joyless children, would North Korea really have told us anything?

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