Kim Jong Il Ill

Recent reports coming out of North Korea state that it is likely that the North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has had a stroke.  Reading the reports reminded me of an article I read on Slate some time back about Senator Jesse Helms.

Christopher Hitchens writes:

“But what about the hearings on North Korea in which [Jesse Helms] made repeated references to “Kim Jong the Second”? In order to prevent any repetition of this idiotic gaffe, Helms’ staff propped up a piece of card on which was clearly written the pronunciation “Kim Jong ILL.” The senator from North Carolina duly made the adjustment, referring thenceforth to the North Korean despot as “Kim Jong the Third.” (Slate Magazine)

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