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The skinny: Viral report of haircut rules may be false

N. Korea nonsense?

Viral report of haircut rules may be false

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's distinctive hairstyle is the 'do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz just like it. But it appears the barbers of Pyongyang aren't exactly sharpening their scissors. Recent visitors to the country say they've seen no evidence of any mass haircutting. North Korea watchers smell another imaginative but uncorroborated rumor. The thinly sourced reports say an order went out a few weeks ago for university students to buzz cut the sides of their heads just like Kim. Washington, D.C.-based Radio Free Asia cited unnamed sources as saying an unwritten directive from somewhere within the ruling Workers' Party went out early this month.

Pity your petition

'Hula' complaints won't force change

The founder of a sexually transmitted disease information app called "Hula" doesn't plan to change the name despite an online petition asking him to do so. But he said he now understands why the term "getting lei'd" is culturally insensitive. Hula CEO and founder Ramin Bastani said that his company is working hard to understand concerns raised by some in the Native Hawaiian community. An online petition says the name exploits a beloved cultural art form.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

The skinny: Viral report of haircut rules may be false 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:19pm]
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