Yesterday, nutty North Korean propaganda made the unlikely claim that leader Kim Jong-Un’s dad invented the burrito.
The state-backed newspaper Rodong Sinmun wrote that former dictator Kim Jong-Il invented the takeaway favourite, which actually originated in Mexico, before his death in 2011.
But it’s not the only bizarre claim that the régime has made over the years.
Bun-believable: It’s also been claimed that Kim Jong-il, who took power in 1994, invented the hamburger in 2000. State newspaper Minju Joson reported that he dreamt up the novel idea of “double bread with meat” inside, known as gogigyeopbbang, to feed the nation’s university students.
Totally potty: An official online government biography of the leader once suggested he didn’t need to poo or wee. Defector Kang Chol-hwan said: “I was convinced, as we all were, that neither of them urinated or defecated. Who could imagine such things of gods?”
Load of balls: When the nation’s capital Pyongyang opened its first golf course in 1994, state media reported that Kim’s first attempt at the game saw him hit a 38-under-par round including 11 holes-in-one. He then immediately retired from the sport.
Barmy birth: Kim Jong-il was supposedly born in his father’s log cabin on the side of North Korea’s sacred Paektu mountain in 1942. It was “heralded” by a double rainbow, a new star in the sky and the early arrival of spring. When he died, magpies were said to have mourned at his monument.
Hair-brained: Kooky claims about his intellect include the idea that he could talk at eight weeks old, supposedly wrote 1,500 books during three years at university and penned six operas all “better than any in the history of music”.
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Bad call: He was also said to have invented an invisible phone used to remotely advise the North Korean football team coach during the 2010 World Cup.
Icon con: In 2010 the official state news website claimed Kim Jong-il was a fashion trendsetter and his fondness for zip-up grey suits was being copied worldwide.
Just car-azy: A North Korean school syllabus given to teachers claims current leader Kim Jong-Un was able to drive a car aged three, ride wild horses at six and won a yachting race against a pro aged nine.
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Time out: North Korea’s regime maintains that in 1919, occupying Japanese imperialists actually “stole” time. In 2015 Kim Jong-un decided to remedy the situation by setting the country’s clocks back by 30 minutes.
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Sorely not: In 2016, North Korean scientists claimed to have invented a hangover-free alcohol made from ginseng and rice.
They have also supposedly invented a drug that can cure Aids and Ebola and have claimed that the country has had no cases of Covid-19.
Bare-faced lair: In 2012, archaeologists from the country also claimed to have found an ancient lair of mythical unicorns near a Pyongyang temple.
Grin and bear it: North Korea reports that its citizens are the second happiest in the world behind China and also that no-one in the country is disabled.
A defector revealed: “The regime proclaims, ‘There are no people with disabilities under the Kims’ rule,’ and, ‘Everyone is equal and living well.’”
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