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North Korea

Barack Obama Is Time's Person Of The Year - Kim Jong-Un Reacts



Even though Kim Jong-un seemed like a shoe-in for Time's Person Of The Year 2012, having accumulated more online votes than anyone by far, the magazine announced today that Barack Obama had won the coveted title instead.

Barack Obama is TIME's 2012 Person of the Year | ti.me/VQVajw #POY2012

— TIME.com (@TIME) December 19, 2012

The historic portrait of President Obama by Nadav Kander was made Dec. 12 at the White House. @time twitter.com/patrickwitty/s…

— Patrick Witty (@patrickwitty) December 19, 2012

Kim Jong-un was very fair-play about the decision...

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Photo: petersnoopy

Time, Shmime... More importantly, Kim Jong-un was voted 2012 Sexiest Man Alive by the satire news website the Onion. There, there, Kim, we've made you a special cover:

Photomontage: Worldcrunch

And anyway, the North Korean leader has more awesome things to do with his time:

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

@comunisti_alla_ribalta via Instagram
Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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