There are just some headlines that make you stop and think “How have these people survived this long, while remaining this gullible?”
For instance, I’ve never counted on North Koreans to have a large amount of intelligence, but this story really took the cake.
North Korea has raised eyebrows around the world by announcing that researchers have proved the existence of the unicorn.
The official state news agency says archaeologists “reconfirmed” the existence of a “unicorn lair” in Pyongyang, once used by an ancient Korean king.
The Korean Central News Agency reports that archaeologists made the extraordinary discovery when they spotted a rectangular rock carved with the words “unicorn lair” 200m from the city’s Yongmyong temple.
The report quotes Jo Hui Sung, director of North Korea’s history institute, explaining how the find tallies with information in history books from the 16th century.
He says: “Korea’s history books deal with the unicorn, considered to be ridden by King Tongmyong, and its lair.
“The temple served as a relief palace for King Tongmyong, in which there is the lair of his unicorn.”
This from a country who regularly regales us with such fascinating stories as Kim Jong-Il’s (may he burn in hell) birth was “prophesied by a swallow and heralded with a double rainbow and a new star in the heavens.”
Also that he shot 11 hole-in-ones in his first time playing golf.
I can’t even do that after playing the same mini-golf course 15 times.
Then there is the fact that an entire town in Serbia, Zarozje, that is scared to death of a Vampire attacking it’s citizens.
Residents of the western Serbian village of Zarozje reportedly received a unique public health warning recently, when the town’s mayor cautioned that a vampire was on the loose. That is not a joke, and the people of Zarozje are taking heed and stocking up on garlic bulbs and crosses. Here, a brief guide to this bizarre tale:
Who is this supposed vampire?
His name is Sava Savanovic. Local legend has it that long ago, he lived in an old water mill on the village’s Rogacica River. He reportedly preyed on unsuspecting visitors who stopped by the mill in search of grain. The water mill was privately owned by a local family who, because of the vampire lore, was afraid to use it for fear of disturbing Savanovic. The structure eventually rotted and recently collapsed, leaving the vampire homeless and, according to locals, angry and in search of a new home and new blood.
– The Week
Even the Associated Press is talking about this. They interviewed some of the village’s residents and this is one of the memorable paragraphs from that article.
“The story of Sava Savanovic is a legend, but strange things did occur in these parts back in the old days,” said 55-year-old housewife Milka Prokic, holding a string of garlic in one hand and a large wooden stake in another, as an appropriately moody mist rose above the surrounding hills. “We have inherited this legend from our ancestors, and we keep it alive for the younger generations.”
This is worse than the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. (Which should never be watched without serious amounts of alcohol).
The AP seems intent to cast this in the light of a publicity stunt to bring in tourism, but some of the village’s take it much more seriously.
“One should always remain calm, it’s important not to frighten him, you shouldn’t make fun of him,” said villager Mico Matic, 56, whose house is not far from the collapsed mill.
Good thing I’ve been making fun of the villager’s far more than Mr. Savanovic. I’d hate for him to turn into a bat (or a butterfly, as the Serbian legends say) and come kill me in my sleep.
Some locals say it’s easy for strangers to laugh at them, but they truly believe.
“Five people have recently died one after another in our small community, one hanging himself,” said Miodrag Vujetic, a local municipal council member. “This is not by accident.”
Great, just great.
Someone remind these people that this is the 21st century, not the 14th.
*Sorry, my tumblr intruded a bit there.