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    http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-named-the-onions-sexiest-man-alive-for,30379/?ref=auto Kim Jong-Un Named *The Onion* s Sexiest Man Alive For 2012
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      Kim Jong-Un Named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive For 2012 [UPDATE]

      NOVEMBER 14, 2012 | ISSUE 48•46 | MORE NEWS

      The Onion is proud to announce that North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un, 29, has officially been named the newspaper’s Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2012.

      With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman’s dream come true. Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper’s editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile.

      “He has that rare ability to somehow be completely adorable and completely macho at the same time,” Onion Style and Entertainment editor Marissa Blake-Zweibel said. “And that’s the quality that makes him the sort of man women want, and men want to be. He’s a real hunk with real intensity who also knows how to cut loose and let his hair down.”

      Added Blake-Zweibel, “Ri Sol-ju is one lucky lady, that’s for sure!”

      With today’s announcement, Kim joins the ranks of The Onion’s prior “Sexiest Man Alive” winners, including:

      • 2011: Bashar al-Assad

      • 2010: Bernie Madoff

      • 2009: Charles and David Koch (co-winners)

      • 2008: Ted Kaczynski

      • 2007: T. Herman Zweibel

      The Onion’s commemorative “Sexiest Man Alive” issue will be available on newsstands everywhere this Friday and contains a full 16-page spread on Kim.

      UPDATE: For more coverage on The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive 2012, Kim Jong-Un, please visit our friends at the People's Daily in China, a proud Communist subsidiary of The Onion, Inc. Exemplary reportage, comrades.




      China's Communist Party newspaper falls for Onion story about Kim Jong Un

      Published November 27, 2012

      Associated Press

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        Theonion.com


      BEIJING –  The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive" -- not realizing it is satire.


      The People's Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."


      Quoting the Onion's spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote: ""With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true."


      "Blessed with an air of power that masks an unmistakable cute, cuddly side, Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, of course, that famous smile," the People's Daily cited the Onion as saying.


      The photos the People's Daily selected include Kim on horseback squinting into the light and Kim waving towards a military parade. In other photos, Kim is wearing sunglasses and smiling, or touring a facility with his wife.


      People's Daily could not immediately be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at the newspaper's duty office said he did not know anything about the report and requested queries be directed to their newsroom on Wednesday morning.


      It is not the first time a state-run Chinese newspaper has fallen for a fictional report by The Onion.


      In 2002, the Beijing Evening News, one of the capital city's biggest tabloids at the time, published as news the fictional account that the U.S. Congress wanted a new building and that it might leave Washington. The Onion article was a deadpan spoof of the way sports teams threaten to leave cities in order to get new stadiums.




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