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North Korea Announces Execution with the Craziest Press Release You Will Ever Read

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“I wanna hold your hand…”

You may have heard that the other jolly fat man, Kim Jong Un, ordered the execution of his own uncle this week for “treason”, but you really have to read the press release that the North Korean media wrote to let the rest of the world know that they are completely insane. Our favorite copywriting wins via the Korean Central News Agency:

“…people throughout the country broke into angry shouts that a stern judgment of the revolution should be meted out to the anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional elements.

…a special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security was held on December 12 against traitor for all ages Jang Song Thaek.”

It was a public execution “for all ages!” Get ready for a whole lotta crazy after the jump, emphasis ours.

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PR Pros: How Many Hours Do You Work in an Average (Crazy) Week?

Most of the public might not know what PR is all about, but we can spot the symptoms: we stay open longer than the corner deli, dealing with insane work weeks in which we have to be ready to address clients’ problems at any moment, whether we’re sitting at our desks or catching up on our DVR queue. We frequently turn down Friday night invites because we don’t have the energy to do anything but crash after five hectic days. Oh, and don’t even mention weekends…

For these reasons, most people in PR will identify with a study, covered in the Harvard Business Review, that paints a picture of a professional class that’s pretty much always on the job.

The survey of “executives, managers, and professionals” found that a majority of those who use smartphones for work (that’s all of us) are “connected” to their jobs for approximately 13 1/2 hours each weekday and 5 hours each weekend for a grand total of 72 hours. Yep, we’re on call for a majority of our waking hours.

So tell us, PR professionals: are you ever really “off the clock”? How many hours do you work in an average day/week?

North Korean Archaeologists Re-Discover Ancient Unicorn’s Lair

UnicornBefore we leave for the weekend we feel an obligation to share what is, without even the slightest doubt, the very best press release of the week (if not the year).

This one comes to us from the tragically, hilariously misnamed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and its news agency, KCNA (don’t even bother clicking on the link if you want to retain your sanity).

According to the amazing release we’ve captured via screenshot below, archaeologists representing the DPRK and its Very Important History Institute “have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668).” Note the use of the word “reconfirmed”–it was there all along, but they just had to make sure.

Does it get better? Oh yes.

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‘Printable Gun’ Project Has Some PR Problems

Photo by Defense Distributed

Have you heard about the new 3D printing craze? We may be overstating its popularity a bit, but this mini-industry has the potential to blow up—who doesn’t love the idea of creating a precise replica of an ancient museum piece with a scanner?

Of course, as soon as the concept started growing, somebody’s mind turned to weapons.

The most…colorful of these ideas is almost certainly printablegun.com. The site is run by a “collective” called Defense Distributed, whose goal seems to be allowing every person in the world to arm him or herself with the greatest possible ease.

The group’s  founder and  spokesman recently managed to reach his fundraising goal of $20,000 despite some clear legal (and ethical) challenges, but now he’s facing a more immediate problem: Stratasys, the company that makes the 3D printers he planned to use to create his digital arsenal, has revoked his lease. Think Stratasys might be trying to avoid some all-but-certain future lawsuits?

Some doubt whether the gun could actually work, and we’re not clear on the specifics, but when asked about functionality, the spokesman said, “It only has to fire once. But even if the design is a little unworkable, it doesn’t matter, as long as it has that guarantee of lethality.”

So he literally wants to make it easier for people to kill other people. That quote is not at all disturbing, is it?

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