For the headline,
I think I would consider putting "archaeologists" in quotes as well, el reg.
The lair of a unicorn ridden by King Tongmyong, one of many monarchs from Korea's Koryo Kingdom, has been found, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state-run agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Lest you doubt the report, know that the KCNA's Introduction page tells us the agency "speaks for …
I think I would consider putting "archaeologists" in quotes as well, el reg.
Well, all the archaeologists in the story are claiming is that they found a square rock room labeled "Unicorn's Lair". The NK government is, of course, doing what governments the world over do when some scientists come up with some minor find that can be blown up into a propaganda parade.
So does that mean if I get the words "this is the last unicorn penis" tattooed with 1000 year old charcoal in the appropriate place... It won't be all in a single line mind, but...
I'm certain they will correct the error bars and drift in the Charcoal dating by checking if the rings match annual weather estimations first Eddy... ;)
I have to admit, I didn't even read the article before laying out that quip.
Accurate reporting with that image?
Seems a bit of a rarity...
In the best tradition of El Reg "trick cyclist" appellations; shouldn't "archaeologists" in this case be "sand pit explorers"?
The Koreans also have a saying: Drink until you see unicorns.
But for how long should the unicorns drink?
.. they've got an 'ancient right of kings' thing going on there. After that, unicorns are fine by me.
Time's "Person of the year 2012":
...I suspect some shenanigans...
That would be /b/ at work:
It may be worth noting that Time's "Person of the Year" is supposed to be the most newsworthy person (or thing, or abstract concept, or whatever they decide to pick) for the year - not necessarily a good person, or even a (directly) influential one.
It's probably not worth noting that of course any Internet poll of even vague interest to a group of significant size will be gamed. Internet polls are designed to attract readers, not elicit information (except about which option is more appealing to people with nothing better to do).
... my wife gets her NORKs off on my single horn ...
Yadda, yadda, yadda. Blah, blah, blah. Whatever.
Bottom line, the North Korean people are three panes of glass away from freedom. It'll happen. Hopefully in my lifetime ... I have a couple 300 year old split-cane fly-rods that I'd like to restore for my Grandaughter. I *think* I know how to do the work, but I don't want to cock it up before I start ... The only folks who actually know how to rebuild that kit are in NK, alas ...
Split cane rods aren't that rare. They are expensive, sure, but there are several people who can successfully repair them. They also just simply degrade over time. If they haven't been cared for properly it may be too late to save them.
Or here in Scotland - my father used to make them, and I believe has eight of differing provenance and vintage. The art has not passed down, alas.
And I'm the Queen of Sheba!
Welcome to these humble pages o great Queen. <no homophobia here>
Simon Sharwood will be sneering on the other side of his disembodied face when he gets dropped into the Shark Tank for writing this strongly worded report.
I think you mean "retort" rather than "report" ;-)
In the twelfth century a grave and lead cross were "discovered" at Glastonbury Abbey carrying the legend "Here lies interred the famous King Arthur on the Isle of Avalon".
The abbey church was being rebuilt at the time. There had been a fire, and the number of visiting pilgrims had dropped off dramatically...
Much like Padre Pio then,. who would always have one of his stigmata moments whenever the church needed a bit of wonga.
Commies will say anything to get a laugh... Ah-hahahahahahahaha :P
...is there a song along the lines of "I so lonely" interred in there as well?
I so ronery
A deep underground structure that is also secret command and control center managed by unicorns, possibly with flashing lights and doomsday crystals?
Don't laugh - MiniMe runs NK since Dr. Evil passed away - he looks the type to be humping frikkin' unicorns with "lasers" attached to their heads...
The asian unicorn is a diferent breed
so, a 'horned devil' (*two* horns!) or antelope, or even just a male deer ???
Looks like something out of a MLP/Anime crossover.
I have to say that does look more like something that belongs in a "lair".
Anakin, you beat me to it, the Qilin or Kirin only slightly resembles the western unicorn. But you could have mentioned the most likely place for this crowd to find one - on a bottle of beer:
Yes, illiad, very like a deer or antelope, if flames crawling over the body are normal for those species.
I believe involves the use of virgins. Or at least A virgin. Them NK's are always good for a larf. Whatever will they come up with next.
And how do you find a virgin?
Right. Start with the unicorn...
What with having the sexiest man in the world as their leader, *and* unicorns, if the North Koreans didn't guard their borders so well, they'd be swamped by people wanting to live there.
"Before the Mesopotamian empire, before the pharaohs of Egypt, the civilization of Old Europe imbued with divinity the sun, moon, sky, sea, horizon, and other aspects of the natural world..."
The Bosnian pyramids were apparently built 25,000 years ago. Even now there still seem to be people volunteering to help with excavations and prepared to fund this operation.
"the entire history of the development of human civilization will have to be rewritten with Bosnia-Herzegovina at its centre"
Oh my God. Much the like the "undersea road to Atlantis" from the Bermudas (turned out to be a natural formation).
So you mean it can look like a unicorn, if you look at it from the right direction and squint a bit?
Meanwhile, every actual geologist who's taken a look has described the Bosnian pyramids as, er, "hills". I wish 'em luck with the excavations, it takes the aggregates industry several years to chew through a decent sized hill using explosives, humungous excavators and 40-tonne dumper trucks, never mind doing it with trowels and buckets.....
Presumably the pyramids were discovered right at the moment when Medjugorje stopped attracting the tourists and there was a vacancy in the Balkan-crystal-spiritual-day-trip market. See also the Serbian vampire village panic that's going on: http://www.catholic.org/international/international_story.php?id=48759
the key to understanding is right there.......social sciences? hahahahah, put on this McDonalds shirt and answer the customers, theres a good chap!!
Oh North Korea... you little scamp, trying so hard to be stranger than Japan.
Unfortunately only a capitalist economy can support Japan's strangeness levels.
Subsistence farmers enjoying the righteous fruits of the proletariat's dictatorship only infinitesimally away from Marx' "end of history" - not so much.
The block was so time-worn that most of the lettering was indistinguishable. What it really said was:
UNIx CORe Net LAyeR
the DPNK are alluding to sovereignty over the Korean peninsular based on a fairy tale of a unicorn ridden by an absolute monarch.
I would have thought absolute monarchy would not be something they wished to be proud of.....oh, hang on, I guess absolutism is what they have now eh?
Anyway, from my reading, King Tongmyong was founder of the most northerly of the three Kingdoms of Korea, not the entire peninsular.
.../ now, I must be off to feed the dragons at the bottom of the garden.
Perhaps they have found the oldest pub with a cute name, not an actual lair of unicorns?
So you think that stone tablet is a sign of the times?