If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(io9)   North Korea via Instagram. Come for the festive missile displays and stay for a bottle of Dennis Rodman vodka   (io9.com) divider line 49
    More: Interesting, Dennis Rodman, North Koreans, Instagram, University of Science, military parade, stadium seating, tour manager, totalitarian state  
•       •       •

5508 clicks; posted to Main » on 27 Mar 2014 at 6:37 PM (39 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



49 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2014-03-27 06:38:59 PM  
More like instaglam.
 
2014-03-27 06:45:26 PM  
This just makes me think of the one computer adversary in the Civilization series -- the one that gets stuck several generations behind all the other empires, but has so many charioteers and archers that it still would be a PITA to just wipe them out.  All of a sudden, somehow they get one tank and have railroads.  Probably will take them 200 turns to get a second tank, but you're still wondering how they managed to jump that far.
 
2014-03-27 06:45:50 PM  
I like the computer manual -- Best-Korea Wide Web :-)
 
2014-03-27 06:47:19 PM  
As a typical requirement, missiles are generally expected to explode some time after launch before they become festive.
 
2014-03-27 06:52:04 PM  
Oh. They arranged the missiles in a floral pattern.

I guess that's festive enough.
 
2014-03-27 06:54:26 PM  
Loved the ripoff pizza-hut box. Great find, photo essays are awesome.
 
2014-03-27 06:58:07 PM  
I always find it weirdly amazing (and to some degree kind of scary) that despite being such a poor country anytime you see people - anyone, military, civilians, government workers, bystanders, farmers, people that "shouldn't be in the picture", they are always impeccably dressed and styled. I am aware that they essentially have to, but it still kind of baffles me.
 
2014-03-27 06:58:36 PM  

Cheeseface: Loved the ripoff pizza-hut box. Great find, photo essays are awesome.


I just saw that.

What freaks me out is how they indoctrinate the youngest of their children into war, war, Dear Leader, more war, Dear Leader, war, some more war... oh yea, Dear Leader, war...
 
2014-03-27 07:00:36 PM  
What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.
 
2014-03-27 07:01:36 PM  
The fifth photo down with the kindly Nork soldier helping the toddler the pistol desperately needs a caption -- "Now little Kim aim at the middle testicle of the capitalist running dog."
 
2014-03-27 07:03:22 PM  

ElLoco: Cheeseface: Loved the ripoff pizza-hut box. Great find, photo essays are awesome.

I just saw that.

What freaks me out is how they indoctrinate the youngest of their children into war, war, Dear Leader, more war, Dear Leader, war, some more war... oh yea, Dear Leader, war...


And *shudder* knock-off Pizza Hut.
The monsters!!!
 
2014-03-27 07:03:40 PM  
The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

farm1.staticflickr.com
 
2014-03-27 07:06:10 PM  

Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 744x558]


At least theirs didn't have a steering wheel. That I could see, anyway.

My first thought was the Salvation Army electronics isle.
 
2014-03-27 07:09:37 PM  

The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.



No different than the cartoons, toys, games in the US..
 
2014-03-27 07:12:34 PM  

letthebutthurtflow: The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.


No different than the cartoons, toys, games in the US..


Actually, yeah. It's completely different.
 
2014-03-27 07:14:47 PM  

Confabulat: letthebutthurtflow: The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.


No different than the cartoons, toys, games in the US..

Actually, yeah. It's completely different.



Not disagreeing but how?
 
2014-03-27 07:16:24 PM  

letthebutthurtflow: Confabulat: letthebutthurtflow: The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.


No different than the cartoons, toys, games in the US..

Actually, yeah. It's completely different.


Not disagreeing but how?


I grew up on a military base. Our pediatric center was decked out with a Jungle Book motif. There were exactly zero missiles or fighter jets on the walls.
 
2014-03-27 07:22:54 PM  

ElLoco: Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 744x558]

At least theirs didn't have a steering wheel. That I could see, anyway.

My first thought was the Salvation Army electronics isle.


I knew the Salvation Army was a real army.
 
2014-03-27 07:23:25 PM  

Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 744x558]


Reminds me of
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-27 07:31:31 PM  
What, no pictures of Kim Il Sung riding on a cloud of neon unicorn farts and hurling bolts of lightning at the White House? Or his triumphant victory over the evil invaders Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Homer?
 
2014-03-27 07:32:16 PM  
I've seen that space shuttle pic a number of times now, and every time I see it I wonder if somewhere, there is some North Korean who grew up thinking that thing was homegrown only to defect or whatever and see the real space shuttle and think that we copied them.  I know a defector is less likely to take propaganda at face value and that western media is smuggled in on thumb drives these days but I still wonder.

And Confabulat, that mockup of a future "home computer" just what the blue hell are those wheels for?  Do you have to steer the thing?
 
2014-03-27 07:34:07 PM  

ElLoco: Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 744x558]

At least theirs didn't have a steering wheel. That I could see, anyway.

My first thought was the Salvation Army electronics isle.


As part of the 'Ridiculous Trivia Fark Brigade' I must point out that the 'steering wheel' in the photo is actually a throttle.  The power plants on carriers and submarines are nuclear but more importantly all the nuclear power plant does is make heat.  The heat makes steam.  That wheel adjusts steam flow.  It's actually 2 wheels if you look closely.  One small and one big.  One is for 'macro' adjustments and one for 'micro' adjustments to power.  Basically it adjusts a valve so it like a giant water faucet type wheel.
 
2014-03-27 07:35:54 PM  
elchupacabra: This just makes me think of the one computer adversary in the Civilization series -- the one that gets stuck several generations behind all the other empires, but has so many charioteers and archers that it still would be a PITA to just wipe them out.  All of a sudden, somehow they get one tank and have railroads.  Probably will take them 200 turns to get a second tank, but you're still wondering how they managed to jump that far.

I've always thought of them as a mix between Superjail, 1984, Stalinist Russia and Draco. They've managed to run a country that's at the same time absurdly comedic and perversely tragic.
 
2014-03-27 07:36:17 PM  

kling_klang_bed: What, no pictures of Kim Il Sung riding on a cloud of neon unicorn farts and hurling bolts of lightning at the White House? Or his triumphant victory over the evil invaders Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Homer?


I was going to mention it's always winter.  I've never seen any kind of spring/summer/autumn pictures of NK.  These pictures occur over an entire year.  Surely the guy could take one photo of something in bloom.  Or does not such thing exist there.  Is it like 'Frozen' where the leader has perpetually trapped them in a gray winter with cold but no snow?
 
2014-03-27 07:42:09 PM  
I like the space shuttle one. When I was in South Korea in '86 there was a "Small World" style ride in their version of Disneyland. It featured a space shuttle with the S. Korean flag emblazoned on it. Always thought it odd/funny.
 
2014-03-27 07:43:10 PM  
brandent: kling_klang_bed: What, no pictures of Kim Il Sung riding on a cloud of neon unicorn farts and hurling bolts of lightning at the White House? Or his triumphant victory over the evil invaders Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Homer?

I was going to mention it's always winter.  I've never seen any kind of spring/summer/autumn pictures of NK.  These pictures occur over an entire year.  Surely the guy could take one photo of something in bloom.  Or does not such thing exist there.  Is it like 'Frozen' where the leader has perpetually trapped them in a gray winter with cold but no snow?


Lol, it'd be perfect for black metal album covers!
 
2014-03-27 07:44:00 PM  
i wonder if the computer display in the room with dinning room chairs even changes..  just a display for people to take pictures of..  the two guys just sit there for 8 hours turning knobs and sliding things and go home and not the wiser that they are doing nothing
 
2014-03-27 07:46:26 PM  

Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:


brandent: As part of the 'Ridiculous Trivia Fark Brigade' I must point out that the 'steering wheel' in the photo is actually a throttle.  The power plants on carriers and submarines are nuclear but more importantly all the nuclear power plant does is make heat.  The heat makes steam.  That wheel adjusts steam flow.  It's actually 2 wheels if you look closely.  One small and one big.  One is for 'macro' adjustments and one for 'micro' adjustments to power.  Basically it adjusts a valve so it like a giant water faucet type wheel.


Yessir.  For the rest of Fark:  the three panels in the background (i.e., everything but the keyboard in the foreground) are what are in the space called "Maneuvering" on Navy nuclear submarines and ships.  Maneuvering is the control room for the nuclear power plant.

/spent a WHOLE LOTTA time there
 
2014-03-27 07:47:02 PM  

Diacetylmorphine: I like the space shuttle one. When I was in South Korea in '86 there was a "Small World" style ride in their version of Disneyland. It featured a space shuttle with the S. Korean flag emblazoned on it. Always thought it odd/funny.


Then I do a GIS for "South Korean Space Shuttle" and this pops up:

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

WTF? Google is strange....
 
2014-03-27 08:15:28 PM  

Gunboat: Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

brandent: As part of the 'Ridiculous Trivia Fark Brigade' I must point out that the 'steering wheel' in the photo is actually a throttle.  The power plants on carriers and submarines are nuclear but more importantly all the nuclear power plant does is make heat.  The heat makes steam.  That wheel adjusts steam flow.  It's actually 2 wheels if you look closely.  One small and one big.  One is for 'macro' adjustments and one for 'micro' adjustments to power.  Basically it adjusts a valve so it like a giant water faucet type wheel.

Yessir.  For the rest of Fark:  the three panels in the background (i.e., everything but the keyboard in the foreground) are what are in the space called "Maneuvering" on Navy nuclear submarines and ships.  Maneuvering is the control room for the nuclear power plant.

/spent a WHOLE LOTTA time there


Mongoose?
 
2014-03-27 08:21:21 PM  

kling_klang_bed: elchupacabra:

I've always thought of them as a mix between Superjail, 1984, Stalinist Russia and Draco. They've managed to run a country that's at the same time absurdly comedic and perversely tragic.


This is probably the best description of North Korea that I've ever heard.
 
2014-03-27 08:33:10 PM  

miniflea: I've seen that space shuttle pic a number of times now, and every time I see it I wonder if somewhere, there is some North Korean who grew up thinking that thing was homegrown only to defect or whatever and see the real space shuttle and think that we copied them.  I know a defector is less likely to take propaganda at face value and that western media is smuggled in on thumb drives these days but I still wonder.

And Confabulat, that mockup of a future "home computer" just what the blue hell are those wheels for?  Do you have to steer the thing?


This is a Fark photoshop contest entry that went viral.
 
2014-03-27 08:38:28 PM  

brandent: Mongoose?


You sent me to teh google for that term.
S5W, then S6G, then to the civilian world.  Was a JO.
 
2014-03-27 08:39:32 PM  

Flab: miniflea: I've seen that space shuttle pic a number of times now, and every time I see it I wonder if somewhere, there is some North Korean who grew up thinking that thing was homegrown only to defect or whatever and see the real space shuttle and think that we copied them.  I know a defector is less likely to take propaganda at face value and that western media is smuggled in on thumb drives these days but I still wonder.

And Confabulat, that mockup of a future "home computer" just what the blue hell are those wheels for?  Do you have to steer the thing?

This is a Fark photoshop contest entry that went viral.


http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/computer.asp
 
2014-03-27 09:16:33 PM  

Gunboat: brandent: Mongoose?

You sent me to teh google for that term.
S5W, then S6G, then to the civilian world.  Was a JO.


Guy I used to know.  Was his 'call sign'.  Lives in Alabama.
 
2014-03-27 09:18:02 PM  

The Bestest: Flab: miniflea: I've seen that space shuttle pic a number of times now, and every time I see it I wonder if somewhere, there is some North Korean who grew up thinking that thing was homegrown only to defect or whatever and see the real space shuttle and think that we copied them.  I know a defector is less likely to take propaganda at face value and that western media is smuggled in on thumb drives these days but I still wonder.

And Confabulat, that mockup of a future "home computer" just what the blue hell are those wheels for?  Do you have to steer the thing?

This is a Fark photoshop contest entry that went viral.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/hoaxes/computer.asp


Damn the Nuclear Maneuvering Panel at the bottom brings back some memories...
 
2014-03-27 09:20:28 PM  

brandent: Guy I used to know.  Was his 'call sign'.  Lives in Alabama.


noblewolf: Damn the Nuclear Maneuvering Panel at the bottom brings back some memories.


Why am I not surprised that a website full of snarky, cynical misanthropes has a preponderance of nukes.
 
2014-03-27 10:12:26 PM  

bobothemagnificent: Confabulat: The one at the hospital with the lonely doctor and bank of video monitors reminds me an awful lot of this:

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 744x558]

Reminds me of
[img.fark.net image 433x359]


North Korea.  North Korea never changes.
 
2014-03-27 10:18:41 PM  

Confabulat: letthebutthurtflow: Confabulat: letthebutthurtflow: The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.


No different than the cartoons, toys, games in the US..

Actually, yeah. It's completely different.


Not disagreeing but how?

I grew up on a military base. Our pediatric center was decked out with a Jungle Book motif. There were exactly zero missiles or fighter jets on the walls.


I had jet fighters on my wallpaper in my room when I was a kid
 
2014-03-27 11:13:48 PM  
Eps05:   I always find it weirdly amazing (and to some degree kind of scary) that despite being such a poor country anytime you see people - anyone, military, civilians, government workers, bystanders, farmers, people that "shouldn't be in the picture", they are  alwaysimpeccably dressed and styled. I am aware that they essentially have to, but it still kind of baffles me.


I've been to a few poor countries and maybe that's the one nice thing about the DPRK - that the people seem to dress as best they can under the circumstances.  Meanwhile in other shiatholes, everyone is doing the shorts and flip flops thing.
 
2014-03-27 11:47:16 PM  

The Bestest: What struck me was how many of the things (playground equipment, room wallpaper, etc) intended to be for small children were distinctly military themed.


The thing that creeped me out was the military propaganda cartoons in the daycare center.
 
2014-03-27 11:51:24 PM  

buckler: The thing that creeped me out was the military propaganda cartoons in the daycare center.


Ever see this one?
 
2014-03-28 12:13:22 AM  

The Bestest: buckler: The thing that creeped me out was the military propaganda cartoons in the daycare center.

Ever see this one?


How can we ever defeat their protractor technology?
 
2014-03-28 12:24:15 AM  

buckler: The Bestest: buckler: The thing that creeped me out was the military propaganda cartoons in the daycare center.

Ever see this one?

How can we ever defeat their protractor technology?


There's also a LONG (since 1977 and still) running cartoon series called Squirrel and Hedgehog that's essentially Best Korean anime. (the more current-ish episodes actually aren't bad, quality-wise)
 
2014-03-28 01:16:11 AM  
It's kinda sad. These people have a lot of potential, you can see it, but they're held down by crazy military leaders and the craziest dictator family.
 
2014-03-28 08:12:04 AM  
I'm spending a week in North Korea starting on April 12 so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2014-03-28 09:05:27 AM  

dj245: I'm spending a week in North Korea


You mean you're spending at least a week in North Korea.
 
2014-03-28 01:16:25 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Eps05:   I always find it weirdly amazing (and to some degree kind of scary) that despite being such a poor country anytime you see people - anyone, military, civilians, government workers, bystanders, farmers, people that "shouldn't be in the picture", they are  alwaysimpeccably dressed and styled. I am aware that they essentially have to, but it still kind of baffles me.


I've been to a few poor countries and maybe that's the one nice thing about the DPRK - that the people seem to dress as best they can under the circumstances.  Meanwhile in other shiatholes, everyone is doing the shorts and flip flops thing.


I think the reason for this is most of the pictures are taken in Pyongyang, so you're seeing the upper crust of society there.  If pictures were taken in some of the smaller cities and villages I'd imagine the dress would be very different.
 
2014-03-28 04:34:53 PM  
I didn't know Instagram could automatically colorize photos.
 
Displayed 49 of 49 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report