The Hermit Kingdom: An Inside View Of North Korea's Hidden Car Culture


When I found myself in one of the most isolated and mysterious countries on the planet naturally the first thing I noticed was the profound assortment of vehicles in the airport parking lot. Behind the wall of mines and propaganda in North Korea are still people, and many people still like cars. »7/09/14 2:55pm7/09/14 2:55pm

North Korea Is Another Year Closer To Soccer World Domination

On the eve of the World Cup, North Korea's FIFA ranking is holding steady at 137, which sounds pretty bad until you remember that places the North Koreans ahead of fully 70 other countries, unincorporated territories, protectorates and, in the case of No. 177 Curaçao, even an overachieving liqueur. And yet Korea DPR… »5/26/14 2:13pm5/26/14 2:13pm

Dennis Rodman's North Korea Trip May Be Falling Apart

Dennis Rodman has been gung-ho about his latest trip to North Korea, a matchup between former NBA players and DPRK all-stars as a "birthday present" for Kim Jong-un. He might be the only one. The Associated Press reports that a number of the players on the trip are expressing second thoughts about going through with… »1/07/14 11:27am1/07/14 11:27am

North Korean Prison Camp Survivor Writes Open Letter To Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman is back visiting his buddy Kim Jong-un on yet another PR trip—PR for Rodman, for the Irish betting company that's sponsoring his trip, and for North Korea itself. It comes days after a massive and deadly purge of perceived challenges to Kim's power, and as an American citizen has languished in a Korean… »12/20/13 11:04am12/20/13 11:04am

This Wire Story Gives Not A Single Shit About North Koreans

The Associated Press just published a story about Dennis Rodman's latest endorsement venture and his untethered blather about what good buds he is with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Read the whole thing here, if you have two minutes for an extra-large helping of starry-eyed banality. Here are some excerpts: »11/20/13 9:13pm11/20/13 9:13pm

Some Of The Greatest Games in NBA History, Re-Scored Under North Korean Rules

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post misstated one of North Korea's unique scoring rules. Scores within the last three seconds, not minutes, count for eight points. The corrected version is below. »3/07/13 10:10am3/07/13 10:10am

It should be obvious how insane and game-altering these scoring changes are, particularly the last two. Rule…