Kim Jong-il Had an Otherworldly BirthdayS

We were told ahead of time that "colorful events will take place" for Dear Leader Kim Jong-il's birthday on Wednesday, but we could have never guessed just how awe inspiring the celebration of his 69th year of life would be. According to the Korean Central News Agency, a "mysterious natural wonder" took place above Kim's magical mountain birthplace, Mount Paektu:

"The bright sun rose up, throwing its brilliant rays and the area of the Paektusan Secret Camp turned into a fascinating picturesque of spring. Then rarely big and bright halo persisted in the sky above Jong Il Peak for an hour, starting at 09:30."

We can all just shut up now about Kim's rumored kidney troubles and alleged strokes — he was brought to us from the heavens and will never leave.

[via Reuters; image of an unimpressed Kim with birthday gifts from China via AP]