Everyone has heard a thing or two about North Korea.
But some of its actions aren’t quite so benign, including the recent firing of ballistic missiles into the sea.
The rest of the world has become increasingly responsive to the country’s more threatening actions. In July, the US agreed to equip South Korea with its most advanced missile defense system. A month later, Japan ordered its military to be ready at any time to shoot down North Korean missiles.
No one seems to know what North Korea will do next or what’s actually going on inside the country, as data isn’t readily available or reliable. But there are some strange statistics and fun facts that lend perspective to the Hermit Kingdom.
North Koreans born after the Korean War are about 2 inches shorter than South Koreans on average.
“Analysis of escapees from North Korea shows that those born after the Korean War in the late 1950s were on average about 2 inches shorter than South Koreans,” USA Today reported in 2013.
Source: USA Today
North Korea created its own time zone: Pyongyang Time.
Last year, North Korea created its own time zone, called Pyongyang Time, named after the North Korean capital, which is 30 minutes behind South Korea and Japan.
The country started using Pyongyang Time on August 15, 2015, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan. Pyongyang Time was the time zone used before Japanese rule.
Source: Business Insider
Kim Jong Un ordered all male citizens to copy his haircut.
“A source from Pyongyang” told South Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo that authorities issued an order requiring men to keep their hair no longer than 2 centimeters and requiring women to keep their hair at a bob length.
The men were told to model their hairstyle on Kim Jong Un, whose haircut is known as “ambitious” in North Korea (and terrible everywhere else). Women were advised to copy his wife.
Source: The Chosun Ilbo