Laughing Banned In North Korea For 11 Days To Honour Former Leader Kim Jong Il’s Death

Following his interesting ban of skinny jeans and mullets this spring, Kim Jong Un has imposed another odd restriction on the people of North Korea – they’re not allowed to laugh for 11 days in commemoration of the loss of his father and former ruler, Kim Jong Il, who died 10 years ago on December 17th.

“During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities,” a resident of a northeastern city called Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia’s Korean Service, as per Complex. “In the past many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals. They were taken away and never seen again.”