Too Much Cheese Probably Not to Blame for Kim Jong-un’s Disappearance

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epa04316269 A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 15 July 2014 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C) attending a live-fire drill by a North Korean artillery unit near the eastern border with South Korea. KCNA reported it on 15 July 2014, without elaborating on the timing of the visit.  EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT
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While the best rumor about the boy king’s six-week absence from his zany photo ops involved him getting gout from his obsession with Emmental, South Korea’s spy agency says it was actually boring ankle surgery for tarsal tunnel syndrome, or a compressed nerve. Not that the cheese helps: “Given his obesity and excessive activities, the trouble could recur despite the surgery.”