North Koreans have entered 12 days of mourning in honor of their longtime leader Kim Jong Il — a complex dictator known as much for pursuing nuclear weaponry while his people starved as his zippered jumpsuits and obsession with Hennessy cognac.
Within hours of the news, North Korean state TV released a message urging people to unite behind Kim’s baby-faced youngest son, the enigmatic Kim Jong Un. Another video showing crowds of mourning citizens in Pyongyang was released. The Washington Post questioned the authenticity of the grief. Take a look for yourself. What do you think?
As news of Kim’s death swept the internet, not everyone was quite so teary. In what seemed like a 140-character stand-up show, professional comedians, journalists and just plain funny people took to Twitter to crack jokes about the personal eccentricities of the late dictator: