North Korea: Playing the lunatic card
Though it’s one of the world’s most isolated, impovershed nations in the world, North Korea continues to make broad statements about sparking war, increasingly threatening the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear weaponry.
North Korea deploys the craziness card to its advantage. The colorful bombast of its infamous propaganda mouthpiece, the Korean Central News Agency (threatening to “break the waists of the crazy enemies, totally cut their windpipes and thus clearly show them what a real war is like”) is designed not merely to intimidate but to convince the outside world that it is dealing with lunatics.
Photo: Jung Yeon-Je / AFP
Mississippi ratifies the 13th Amendment: This isn’t 148 years late - it took an investigation spurred by the film “Lincoln,” for Mississippi residents to realize that they hadn’t, in the eyes of archivists, formally banned slavery.
The state initially refused to ratify the amendment back in 1865, and it took until 1995 for the state legislature to finally jump on board with the rest of the country. But no one had notified the U.S. archivist, and without that step, the ratification was never fully official.
For more on the strange series of events, head over to Nation Now.
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Shaq lip syncing to Halo by Beyoncé at the Super Bowl.
omgomgomg I can’t
My entire life is described in this set.
JOHN LEGEND, KANYE WEST, GLC, CONSEQUENCE - THE AVE. MAGAZINE - SPRING 2004