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    >>> now an eyebrow-raising announcement out of north korea . the state news agency there claims archaeologists have just located an ancient unicorn layer. nbc's michelle kosinski has more on that. michelle, explain, please.

    >> reporter: yes, matt. we mere mortals only know unicorns in legend and song, but in north korea also in some way something of a mythical place in so few ever see it they claim to have found what purports to be a real unicorn hideout. in the secrecy-shrouded land of revered dear leaders who point at things, elaborate military demonstrations, missile tests and an enormous empty hotel, north korea now adds another feather to its dictatorial cap, this one explosive only in its weirdness. the korean central news agency at the same time as reporting nuggets as banquet given and new kind of saunas in pyongyang reports something else has appeared, an ancient unicorn layer. something to point out. the article quotes archaeologists are reconfirming the finding.

    >> the intent behind this is to bolster up the credentials of the young leader who is still in his 20s. north korea likes to make the claim that heroic blood runs in the family.

    >> reporter: references to unicorns do appear throughout history across many countries. ancient greece , the bible, european literature , toys r u.s.

    >> hey, charlie.

    >> reporter: and, of course, the web. and as much as we've all hoped since childhood they and their lairs did indeed exist this news agency has shared other stories with the world from from far more recent times reporting that kim jong -il was born under a rainbow, once climbed a mountain and stopped a blizzard with his outstretched arms or on one day shot 11 holes in one in golf. china's state news agency reported korea's leader was named sexiest man alive, not realizing it was a joke, by man satire news outlet "the onion," oops, but who needs sexy when you've got an old, old unicorn lair right there in your town? in case, you're wondering no evidence exists that unicorns as we've seen them depicted have ever existed. north korea experts say this all highlights a very sad truth that north korea is still one of the poorest, most repressive countries on the planet, and its leaders still use propaganda to try to seem superhuman. matt?

    >> all right. michelle kosinski in matt in london for us so we tread lightly.

    >> we will.

    >> you know you were upset to learn unicorns aren't real. i'm sore

    >> announcement followed the announcement that they have also legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

    >> and sasquatch is right next to the unicorn.

    >> anyway, still ahead, an 8-year-old girl bitten by a dolphin at seaworld. what her parents and the park are saying about that incident this morning.

    >>> and david beckham ends his u.s. soccer career as a champion so what's next for the international icon? we'll hear from him, but first, this is "today" on nbc.

    >>> still ahead this morning, why was a case against a professional tennis referee accused of

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updated 12/3/2012 11:33:56 AM ET 2012-12-03T16:33:56

Unicorns exist and look no further than an ancient burial site in North Korea for proof, according to the latest bit of fantastic news to emerge from the secretive dictatorship.

North Korean archaeologists “have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong,” reports the state news outlet, Korean Central News Agency.

“A rectangular rock carved with words ‘Unicorn Lair’ stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392),” the article states.

The Korean Central News Agency has previously reported that its late leader, Kim Jong Il, was born under a double rainbow and once stopped a blizzard.

Propaganda is commonplace for North Korea, one of the poorest, most repressive countries in the world. But that doesn’t mean the communist nation has gotten any better at crafting more believable tales over the years, said Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University.

“The intent behind this is to try to bolster up the credentials of the younger leader who is still in his 20s,” he told TODAY. “North Korea likes to make the claim that heroic blood runs in the family.”

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