North Korea Is Creating Its Own Time Zone

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) attends a military drill between Korean People's Army (KPA) Large Combined Unit 526 and KPA Combined Unit 478 at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 24, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/KCNA)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (front) attends a military drill between Korean People’s Army (KPA) Large Combined Unit 526 and KPA Combined Unit 478 at an undisclosed location in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 24, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/KCNA)

North Korea, a country of roughly 25 million people, is in the midst of a severe drought, which is contributing to food shortages that are leaving more than 10 million people without enough food. Even those lucky enough to have enough to eat have to suffer the indignity of living under a hereditary despotism of men with ridiculous haircuts.

But it’s not all bad news for the folks living in this nation-sized penitentiary. After all, on August 15th, North Koreans will get to sleep in a half an hour later.

That’s right, according to a report in the BBC, the North Korean government announced on Friday that it would be setting up its own time zone, which will be 30 minutes earlier than that which it currently uses.

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SOURCE: TIME, Fortune, Chris Matthews