Saw a link to this article on kottke.org and just had to forward it on:
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s Dear Leader Kim Jong-il never forgets a phone number, a cadre’s career or a line of computer code.
According to an article posted on Tuesday on a Web site run by North Korea, Kim wakes up early every day for intensive memory training where he sits down and commits to his keen mind items such as the phone numbers of workers in his Stalinist state.
“I remember all computer codes and telephones that workers are using now,” Kim was quoted as saying on the Web site “Uriminzokkiri“, or “Among our People.” …
North Korean propaganda is ripe with the amazing achievements of its Dear Leader. The highly controlled state also closely monitors its citizens to make sure they do not speak out against Kim or challenge his rule.
Kim pilots jet fighters, pens operas, produces movies and accomplished a feat unmatched in the annals of professional golf by shooting 11 holes-in-one on the first round he ever played. …
It’s good to know that the aging dictator of one of the last and most secretive dictatorial states in world is spending his time wisely by memorising the phone numbers of his comrades! The people who come up with the sort of stuff must either be amazingly dedicated to the ’cause’ or are having a huge laugh at the expense of the population who have to take all this in whilst living in a state of perpetual starvation.
In this crazy world wonders never cease to amaze me!