In a sea of indistinguishable onlookers clad in black with their backs turned to the camera, one man stood out at Kim Jong Il’s funeral.

The Associated Press released a photo of the procession in North Korea, and a hawk-eyed Reddit contributor was quick to point out an anomaly in the otherwise uniform crowd of mourners. In the photo above, one man appears to be nearly twice as tall as the gentlemen on his left and right.

Who is this giant? Could it be Ri “Michael” Myung Hun — North Korea’s national basketball star — as some commenters have suggested? Thanks to North Korea’s strictly controlled and photoshop-happy media, rumors are certain to abound, and we may never know for sure.

Well, maybe just one giant?



  1. jimbo says:

    So fake, it’s dumb

  2. #2--bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    With their starvation economy and poor protein sources, what they are actually creating is a race of midgetized, brain damaged, conservative, right wing, dare I say it……..sheeple.

    Pedro–there should be a more culturally sensitive term but water buffalo doesn’t fit, not piglet, nor chickiepoo. Any help?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ya sure. Focus in on the giant. Not the guy positioned in back with the automatic weapon – not unlike like a prison guard!

  4. msbpodcast says:

    One guy with a carefully monitored case of agromegaly does not a race of giants make.

    He happens to be 7 ft 8.5 in, Ri Myung Hun, a former basketball player with the North Korean national team.

  5. birddog says:

    Big Foot.

  6. Gasparrini says:

    Christopher Hitchens on North Korea:

  7. philgar says:

    Since there is only one tall person I would have asked, “is North Korea creating a race of short people?”

  8. msbpodcast says:

    By the way, its 00:16 here. Happy new year…

  9. sargasso_c says:

    I can’t get over how different they look to South Koreans. It is like comparing a Belgian to a Norwegian.

  10. ABO says:

    This is sad. Tall people never live past 65, and most die very young. Think about how many fat, tall, or barrel chested old people you ever see.

    • Animby says:

      Define tall.
      BTW- a barrel chest is usually symptomatic of disease.

  11. Ygritte says:

    You know nothing, Jon Snow.

  12. NewFormatSux says:

    This is a country of tens of millions that are noticeably shorter than their southern countrymen, all because of the depravity they imported from the West called Communism. Even the Chinese knew better.

  13. Rick says:

    Poor guy lives in a country that doesn’t have enough skilled surgeons to do the delicate pituitary operation to fix his growth problem. Probably will die before he turns 45.


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