North Korean teachers and students are being (force-)fed a new too-good-to-be-true fact: Kim Jong-un learned to drive when he was just – wait for it – 3 years old.
There is no way one can confirm this bit of the dictator’s history, since it comes from the most reclusive state on the planet. However, if true, it could be a world record, given the fact there is no 2-year-old kid known to have driven a car anywhere in the world.
That said, the textbook which contains the new information about the North Korean leader’s seemingly spectacular childhood, is most likely to be another propaganda effort by Pyongyang, which, apart from creating videos of imaginary destruction of America, also disseminates bogus news and factually inaccurate textual material to glorify Kim’s image.
South Korean news channel YTN first reported that a new subject, “Kim Jong-un's Revolutionary Activities” is being taught in North Korean schools this year and a teacher's manual related to the topic is full of minute and mind-boggling details of the “Outstanding Leader’s” equally outstanding childhood.
For instance, apart from stating that he was driving at the tender age of 3, even more astounding was the claim that Kim Jong-un “raced the chief executive of a foreign yacht company, who was visiting North Korea at the time,” and won when he was just 9 years old.
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There isn’t much (reliable) information available about Kim Jong-un’s childhood, teenage years or how he was as a student. However, PBS’ Frontline documentary crew found that Kim spent almost three years of his student life in a Swiss public school, posing as the son of a Korean diplomat under an assumed name. He could draw exceptionally well and that he was “competitive” and was a really good basketball player.