In one of the oddest displays of international diplomacy involving deceased former despots and possible nuclear disarmament, China has given North Korea a majestic (and very creepy) wax figure of its late dear leader Kim Jong-Il wearing his signature parka. The figure, created by China's Great Man Wax Museum, is pretty eerie and something you probably don't want to find in your house in the middle of the night, and from the looks of it, it's looks like it is life-sized—Kim was 5-foot-3 (photo via Sina screenshot):
And they kind of nailed it (it's somewhat difficult to find a picture of Kim Jong-Il striking that exact pose with that exact smile, so this picture might have to do):
But back to the gift—North Koreans are going to love this (or umm, will be forced to love it) and the figure will be unveiled on July 27, the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War. The timing of the gesture, as The Washington Post's Max Fisher points out, is a bit weird, considering North Korea suffered devastating losses in the war. But it's not that strange when you factor in North Korean propaganda. "North Korean official propaganda asserts that the war was actually launched by the United States and that it was a glorious victory for Kim Jong Il’s father and the leader at the time, Kim Il Sung," explains Fisher.