North Korea's International Friendship Hall
Many kings, presidents, and dictators have some kind of vault filled with the rarest and most decadent gifts donated from other nations over the years. And probably the saddest of such galleries is the International Friendship Exhibition Hall of the reclusive hermit nation of North Korea.
Their definition of "friendship" could use some work.
The museum is a heavily guarded building built right into the side of a mountain, about 100 miles north of Pyongyang. It reportedly stores thousands of items gifted to the country over the past century by its very few "friends," mostly other dictators of impoverished, failed regimes.
Among the rumored prized treasures of North Korea's friendship museum are a sword donated by Gaddafi, a cigarette box courtesy of Tito, a train carriage thoughtfully gifted by Mao, an ashtray bequeathed by Mugabe, and a bear's head generously provided by Ceausescu.
Shockingly, North Korea appears to have little interest in enshrining the bayonet
that stabbed Gaddafi in the ass until he bled out.
And those are just the most valuable of North Korea's treasures. Delve deeper into the Kim dynasty's hall of prizes, and you'll apparently get to see a briefcase donated by Fidel Castro and a clock from CNN founder Ted Turner. Just, like ... a basic clock.
It ticks to the next time the Atlanta Braves become relevant. Ticking, ticking, forever.