Discovery: Kim Jong-Il Is Bald

As has been speculated—but almost never documented—Kim Jong-Il is balding, his iconic pompadour but an elaborate combover. An Iranian photographer somehow slipped behind the Dear Leader during the weekend's anniversary hoopla and photographed it.

Discovery: Kim Jong-Il Is Bald

Since North Korea's dictator controls the media in his nation, he usually prevents photographs from unflattering angles. Six years ago, a brief moment of mistaken choreography revealed "shiny patches of the Dear Scalp" to a Chinese news camera—but it was not until a photographer from Iran's Mehr news agency somehow ended up behind the Dear Leader during last weekend's North Korean anniversay celebrations that we've seen a clear photograph of Kim Jong-Il's bald spot, which is now several inches across and unmistakably male-pattern. [Mehr via Arms Control Wonk]