Our weird world: Unicorns in North Korea, vampires in Serbia
A lair of unicorns is discovered in North Korea
It's true that North Korea is kind of a land of myth. After all, no one ever seems to know much about this isolationist and repressive regime. But that doesn't mean that the country has no news.
On the contrary, the official government media service, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), has reported finding the burial site of a unicorn once ridden by the semi-mythic King Dongmyeong, the founder of the Korean Goguryeo kingdom.
Proof of this find comes in the form of an inscription engraved on the tomb entrance: "Unicorn Lair." That pretty much ends all debate on the matter.
According to the legends, King Kongmyeong was a great leader born from an egg impregnated by sunlight. History then confirms that the king and his successors ruled a vast area including the Korean peninsula, as well as parts of modern-day China and Russia, for seven centuries.
Experts on North Korea and its wacky regime seem to think that this "discovery" is meant to legitimize the current, inexperienced ruler, Kim Jong-Un. Other reports have stated that Kim was born under a double rainbow ( what does it mean???) and that his father, Kim Jong-Il, invented the hamburger.
Vampires roam the Serbian night
Meanwhile, halfway around the world in the former Yugoslavian republic of Serbia, villagers have been warned about a vampire. We aren't talking about legendary, Dracula-style vampires here. No, this is a "living" vampire and a threat to daily life in the remote village of Zarozje.
Reports state that the vampire, Sava Savanovic -- supposedly Serbia's very first vampire! -- lived in a small shack by Zarozje's river. He then drank the blood of anyone who came near. Now, however, the shack has collapsed, leading the vampire to wander the area in search of a new home.
The proofs of this menace include footsteps heard in the forest, strange sounds from the mountains and any deaths occurring in the village.
Beyond the basic issue of a village's traditions, there may be a more standard, worldly explanation for the return of Sava: tourism. Nearby Romania profits off of Dracula, after all.