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North Korea’s rocket fails, the memes roll in

You could sense a nervous tingle as North Korea announced plans to send a rocket into space. Was it real, or just a front for deploying intercontinental nuclear missiles?

Then one of the world’s most isolated nations invited foreign press in for the launch. It was hoping to show off in a big way. It all suddenly seemed legit and, for some, a little more frightening.

Then the whole thing blew apart less than a minute after take-off. While some breathed a sigh of relief, the web went into meme mode.

Some poked fun at the country’s fearless leader:

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The Death Star’s PR department detected a presence in the force at the event:

A number of meme favourites came out, including:

Conspiracy Keaunu

Texts from Hillary

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There was even a dig at Windows XP:

Unsurprisingly (although somewhat disappointingly) there doesn’t appear to be any video of the launch failing.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
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