Oct 18 2005

Further Creepiness of North Korea

In North Korea, by all accounts one of the creepiest places on earth, there is no electricity for traffic signals, so they use buff young hotties in miniskirts to direct traffic.


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  1. flea

    I am compelled to vigorously recommend that you let me buy you Guy DeLisle’s _Pyongyang_, a new hardcover graphic novel of his experiences working in North Korea for 2 months. DeLisle is French-Canadian, and worked in Pyongyang for a French animation studio. It is the weirdest, creepiest memoir I have read in a long time, and I feel it will aid your recovery. If you don’t want to give me your address, I totally understand, and I can send it to Amanda at Pandagon and she can give it to you. Please e-mail me and let me know.

  2. Sara

    Wow. That is just so Star Trek.

    Or maybe it’s not because the Patriarchy enjoys objectifying our gender. Maybe it’s just that North Korea is so impoverished that they can’t afford enough fabric to give those women some pants.

    Right. Sure. That must be it.

  3. A Pang

    I’m halfway through Pyongyang and second Flea’s recommendation. The weirdest random stuff ever.

  4. peacebug

    I suggest we send Karen Hughes over there to straighten all of them out.

  5. res publica

    When I become Dear Leader of my own personal People’s Revolutionary Socialist Soviet Democratic Republic, I totally plan to use buff young hotties as traffic signals.

    Oh wait. You mean those other buff young hotties.

    Also, regarding your previous post, I’d like to stand in solidarity with your opposition to the insidious menace of pumpkin pie. Nothing has ever been more loathsome.

  6. Christopher

    Goose-stepping in mini-skirts?

    Communism is insane.

  7. Stillinschool

    It actually makes a twisted kind of sense for a country that devalues women so much to use them as traffic signals (and stand them target-like in painted circles in the middle of traffic)… I don’t imagine there’s much public outcry if one of them gets hit by a car.

  8. Erik Loomis

    Having lived in South Korea, I’m actually surprised the South didn’t think of it first.

  9. TP

    Aw man – I was hoping for some pics!

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