Extra! Korea

July 13, 2009

Does Kim Jong-il have a 5.5% chance of surviving until 2014? The South Park Rule

Filed under: Kim Jong-il, North Korea — extrakorea @ 7:10 am

According to a recent Reuters article, Kim Jong-il may be in big trouble.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, 67, has life-threatening pancreatic cancer, South Korean broadcaster YTN said on Monday, citing information gathered from Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources.

[ snip ]

The U.S. National Cancer Institute puts the five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer at 5.5 percent.

There’s an Associated Press article on this subject as well.

Pancreatic cancer is usually found in its final stage, and considering Kim’s age, he is expected to live no more than five years, the report said.

I’m going to go by The South Park Rule: Dictators who are parodied by Trey Parker and Matt Stone have their days numbered.

–> Saddam Hussein. Parodied in “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.” Dead.

–> Kim Jong-il. Parodied in “Team America: World Police.” Soon to be dead.

–> Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Not parodied by Parker and Stone. We’ll be seeing his ugly mug for years to come.

–> Fidel Castro. Not parodied by Parker and Stone. Bugger just won’t die.



  1. I think that’s an interesting theory, so I hate to point out the obvious: That’s an awfully small statistical sampling.

    Comment by kushibo — July 13, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

    • But that’s made up for by the fact that The South Park Rule is very scientific.

      Comment by extrakorea — July 14, 2009 @ 4:11 am

  2. […] some sources (and for me, a blog), Kim Jong-Il has pancreatic cancer. The biggest sentence in the post, to me at least, is this: The U.S. National Cancer Institute puts the five-year survival rate for […]

    Pingback by News from the Penisula « Have Diploma, Will Travel — July 15, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

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