Kim Jong Ill or Kim Jong Well? Rumours are swirling that Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s dictator, is gravely ill. The Western press has recently shown lurid interest in the theory of a Japanese professor that a double has been standing in for Mr Kim, who has in fact been the Dear Departed since 2003. For years rumours have erupted about Mr Kim’s health following prolonged public absences. Each time, he has eventually waddled back into view. — Economist

Mafia’s car-boot bread is ‘poisoning’ Naples. Not satisfied with control of the drug trade, building industry and rubbish collection in Naples, the local mafia is getting into the bakery trade and ensuring that Neapolitans rely on the mob for their daily bread. — The Guardian

The Sarah Palin baby name generator. Sarah Palin has picked out an All-American set of names for her children. There’s Track, Trig, Bristol, Willow, and Piper. Ever wonder, What would your name would be if Sarah Palin was your mother? Well now you can find out! [Ed’s note – eek, I’m Spoon Archer Palin] — Polit Tsk Tsk Tsk

Are too many people going to college? College is seen as the open sesame to a good job and a desirable way for adolescents to transition to adulthood. Neither reason is as persuasive as it first appears. — The American

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