North Korea Says It's Found a 'Unicorn Lair'

The state-owned newspaper has another tall tale to sell citizens.

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It looks like North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has his father's sense of humor: The state-owned Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that archaeologists in the country had found a "unicorn lair" in Pyongyang.

According to the tough-to-believe report, the Academy of Social Sciences "reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom," who ruled the area between 37 and 19 B.C.

The news is just the latest in a series of myths trumpeted by North Korean news sources: They had previously reported that Kim Jong Il was born beneath a double rainbow and that a new star appeared when he was born, that Jong Il learned to walk at three weeks old, and shot a round of golf that included 11 holes-in-one.

According to the news report, the discovery of the unicorn lair "proves that Pyongyang was a capital city of Ancient Korea," and that the unicorn is very important in North Korean history books.

"The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City," the report reads. "A rectangular rock carved with words 'Unicorn Lair' stands in front of the lair."

Though there have been many hoaxes, no real evidence that unicorns have ever existed has been found.

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Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at