North Korea: Second Happiest Place on Earth

In News by Alex Moore / June 2, 2011

Sounds about right.

North Korea: Second Happiest Place on Earth

According to a new “global happiness index,” North Korea is the second happiest place on earth, coming in just behind the number-one spot, China.

Just who’s behind this “study”? If you guessed China, you’re close—it’s North Korea! The North Korean, state-owned TV station Chosun released the global index, which was ostensibly compiled by “local researchers.” Since North Koreans aren’t allowed out of the country, nor foreigners in, this begs the question—how do “local researchers” compile a “global” index? Probably the same way Kim Jong-Il managed to hit 5 holes-in-one the first time he ever played golf.

You’ve gotta hand it to the North Koreans, though—they have mastered the oldest trick in the lying-and-cheating book: you’ve gotta make it look believable. Notice they didn’t go for the number-one happiest position. That would look suspicious. Instead China takes that designation—an honor that’s apparently b