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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?

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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:

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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.

  • ClearlyYoureWrong

    Don’t post a link to the $39 Miracast device… You wouldn’t want to substantiate your own claims with handy information like that or anything.