'Even the readers of several British tabloids have cast doubt on a source-based story that claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un executed one of his generals in a piranha-filled tank.
The eye-grabbing headline first appeared in the Daily Star. The tabloid cited "sources" as saying that Kim executed one of his generals in a manner worthy of a James Bond movie, by throwing him into a fish tank infested with piranhas. In 1977's 'The Spy Who Loved Me' film, the evil Karl Stromberg fed his assistant to a carnivorous shark and attempted to repeat the trick on Agent 007.
The tank with the carnivorous fish is reportedly part of the interiors of Kim's Ryongsong Residence, a luxury mansion in northern Pyongyang.
The report does not provide the names of the sources or the general, but is replete with gory detail – it claims that before being thrown to the piranhas, the general's arms and torso were slashed with knives. Whether he drowned, bled to death or was killed by the actual fish, or whether any of it actually happened, is impossible to tell.
Readers of the Daily Star and other British tabloids who pounced on the story, however, found it hard to take at face value. Instead, a flurry of memes ensued.
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Others suggested that the general, whoever he might be, will show up in public soon "after his well-deserved holidays."'
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