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A slice of good news from North Korea today. And by "good" we mean better than hearing about human rights violations, and by "North Korea" we mean the place where this story came from.

Supreme leader Kim Jong Un reversed a 20-year-old rule -- implemented by Papa Bear himself -- banning women from riding bicycles. The law was originally mandated after Oh Hye Young, the daughter of National Defence Commission vice-chair Oh Geuk Ryeol, was killed by an automobile while riding a bicycle in the 1990s. The law was never strictly enforced outside Pyongyang, but it was still on the books, which means the old regime wasn't going to budge.

Ultimately, this change probably doesn't represent even a microscopic shift in ruling ideology, but at least Mr. Jong Un woke up on the right side of the bed one day, realized it was 2012 -- or whatever year their calendar claims it is -- and concluded that women can ride bicycles responsibly. Hooray for progress!

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Dead Leader of the Day: Snow fell on Pyongyang as the funeral procession of North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il snaked its way from the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to Kim Il Sung Square and back again during today's three-hour-long official state ceremony.

Leading the cortege was Kim's "great successor," his son Kim Jong Un, who was accompanied by senior officials.<

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Beating A Dead Dictator of the Day: Although Kim Jong-il wasn't technically featured in Nando's well-received "Last Dictator Standing" ad spot, the chicken restaurant chain still thought it obligatory to capitalize on his recent demise, considering its irresistibly convenient timing.

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Another Single-Topic Tumblr of the Day: Kim Jong-il Dropping the Bass.

I'm not so sure he shot 11 holes-in-one on his first try or went his entire life without defecating, but I have no

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Screengrab of the Day: The ultimate Kim Jong-un Looking At Things thing: Kim Jong-un looking at his father's body, put on display today at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

An 11-day mourning period is in effect, leading up to the official state funeral, set to take place on December 28th. Kim Jong-un was anoi

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Crying To Keep From Dying of the Day: Dramatic footage released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency shows "grief-stricken" citizens mourning the death of their Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il, with emphatic wailing in scenes reminiscent of the ostensible outpouring that followed the passing of North Korea's founder -- and Kim Jong-il's father -- Kim Il-sung.

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Follow Up of the Day: A North Korean state television presenter, clad all in black, tearfully announces the death of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il as a result of an "advanced acute myocardial infarction" brought on by "a great mental and physical strain."

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