North Korea is Terrifying/Hilarious has a nice rundown on why North Korea is the Funniest Evil Dictatorship ever. Did you know they have a website…and a fan club? Come on North Korea, you’re not gonna be scaring anyone with that (though the nuclear arms arsenal you’re stockpiling might do the trick). Here’s what the article says about their comically awful attempt at building a world-class hotel:

Unfortunately, like most virgins of things, North Korea went in only with knowledge they’d seen on TV, had to stop before the project was even close to finished and now just pretends it never happened. Breaking ground in 1987, the Ryugyong Hotel, at one point, would have been the tallest hotel in the world. There were going to be seven revolving restaurants at the top. Considering the quality of construction of the project, it seemed inevitable that at least one of them would go spinning off into the horizon like a Frisbee.

The North Koreans even put it on a postage stamp before it was finished. This made it even more uncomfortable when construction shut down in 1992, thought to be because the dissolved Soviet Union was no longer funding the project and huge errors in construction made it unsafe to stand within 10 blocks of the thing.

Give it a read and let the head scratching begin.

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