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Fear of flying Perhaps one of the reasons the North Korean leader was so reclusive was his fear of flying, which he inherited from his father, Kim Il Sung.
Divine birth Legend has it that a double rainbow and a glowing new star appeared in the heavens to herald the birth of Kim Jong Il, in 1942, on North Korea's cherished Baekdu Mountain.
Soviet records, however, indicate he was born in the Siberian village of Vyatskoye, in 1941.
Kim also reportedly ate the food with silver chopsticks, and washed it down with French wine and Champagne.
Kim was also said to be one of the world's biggest buyers of Hennessey cognac.
Word is that the slick, trimmed haircut of Kim the younger, who may have had plastic surgery to look more like his father, is being mimicked by countless youths on the streets of Pyongyang. Didn't defecate It is reported that Kim's official biography on the North Korean state web site, which has since been taken down, claimed that Kim did not defecate.
Kim Jong Il's death leaves world wary but hopeful In this March 1979 photo, Kim Jong Il gives advice on the shooting of the film "An Jung Geun Avenges Hirobumi Ito." Kim was passionate about movies and even constructed a film studio for his own productions. Film buff Kim was said to be an avid film collector, amassing more than 20,000 video tapes and DVDs. When Kim was aged five or six, his younger brother Shura Kim drowned in the family's swimming pool.
According to his official biography, all of his operas are "better than any in the history of music." Then there's his sporting prowess.
His favourite flicks reportedly included Friday the 13th, Rambo, Godzilla, Hong Kong action fims, and anything starring Elizabeth Taylor. Unconfirmed Soviet reports said that Kim was responsible for the accident.
In 1978, he ordered the kidnapping of South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee so they could build a North Korean film industry.
Kim rarely traveled abroad, and when he did it was by train - once taking a luxury rail car all the way to Moscow.
In August Global Post reported that Kim visited Russia for talks with President Dmitry Medvedev, in an effort to shore up support for a transfer of power to his third son Kim Jong Un.
He also possessed a hot temper and was very easily offended over perceived slights, which led him to frequently threaten to declare war against or attack neighboring countries South Korea and Japan as well as the United States; he passed those traits on to his son, current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.