- By Isaac Stone Fish
Isaac Stone Fish is associate editor at Foreign Policy. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, he wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Economist, and the Los Angeles Times.
On Tuesday, former NBA star and current madman Dennis Rodman announced that he was visiting North Korea to conduct "basketball diplomacy" and run a basketball camp for North Korean children. Rodman, known for his extravagant lifestyle and wild excess, is visiting North Korea, one of the world’s drabbest, most isolated states — but maybe they’re not so different after all…
Can you tell Kim Il Sung, the country’s now-deceased dictator who ruled from 1949-1994 (and who still holds the title of Eternal President), from Rodman, who led the NBA in rebounds per game for seven consecutive years?
1. "He frequently arranged parties for them, as well as opium-smoking for drug addicts."
2. "This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is."
3. "Death has always had a prominent place in my mind. There are times when I think somebody might kill me."
4. "I always live with optimism."
5. "I just wanted to kill the individual, because I was too much of a follower."
6. "They say Elvis is dead. I say, no, you’re looking at him. Elvis isn’t dead; he just changed color."
7. "The basketball court of the school was being monopolized by the school’s basketball team and other students were off-limit to the court. Sang Wol’s proposal did not ride well with some of the basketball players and they schemed to assault Sang Wol on his way home…."Hmm, that athletics teacher, Mah, has trained his running-dogs well. Those worthless worms!"
Answers below the break:
Answers: 1. Kim, 2. DR, 3. DR, 4. Kim, 5. DR 6. Sadly, DR 7. Kim..ok, maybe that one’s not that hard.
Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer is assistant managing editor for online at Foreign Policy. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes, among other places. She holds a bachelor's degree from U.C. Berkeley, and master's degrees from Peking University and the London School of Economics. The P.Q. stands for Ping-Quon.| Passport |