North Korea Claims Kim Jong Il Invented Burritos

Next time you're heading to Chipotle and you wonder who actually invented the burrito, you should know that there is one possible, though unlikely origin story making the rounds. According to North Korean media, burritos were invented by the late Kim Jong Il.

The bizarre claim from the notoriously reclusive country comes from the state propaganda outlet, Rodong Sinmun. The report said that the dictator, the father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, actually came up with the burrito in 2011 before he died of a heart attack.

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A report from a North Korean propaganda outlet claimed Kim Jong Il, the country's late dictator, created the burrito in 2011. (Provided Photo/Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/via Getty Images) Dmitry Astakhov/Getty Images

However, instead of calling them burritos, the North Koreans call them "wheat wraps." Additionally, to accompany the claim, a video shows the wraps being prepared in a kitchen, street vendors selling them and people enjoying them in the streets of Pyongyang.

Despite North Korea's outlandish claim, the burrito actually got its start in Mexico, at some point in the 1900s. The food item then started growing in popularity in the United States back in the 1950s.

Following the news about the origins of the burrito, social media responded to North Korea's statement. Twitter user @Joebiwancannoli said the eastern Asian country claiming the burrito as their own is "my favorite weird thing about 2022 so far."

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While it actually originated in Mexico, North Korea is attempting to claim that the burrito was invented in the country by late dictator Kim Jong Il in 2011. Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Taco Bell

Several other Twitter users called out North Korea for the claim, especially for the story's shaky timeline. @Jedeye6 said, "In 2011? Lol My man I have been eating burritos since the 90s." User @BsmithLHP said, "I was microwaving burritos back in the 90's Kimmy boy." User @Tortmon13 said, "Those poor people. Really have no idea a whole world exists. Also, Burritos that date back to 1994."

The report made @Omahawk402 question what they had put into their body, "What was that thing I ate in 2010?"

Others responded in jest about other possible things the late dictator may have accomplished. On Twitter, @Nicky_Flash_Jon said, "Remember when he scored 10 goals in the World Cup and was player of the tournament." According to @loryberg87, Kim Jong Il had a pretty decent golf game saying, "Rumor says he also beat Tiger Woods at a round of golf."

This, of course, is not the first odd assertion to come from the country. Some other weird and outlandish statements from North Korea have been that Kim had 11 holes-in-one during an 18-hole course of golf, Kim Jong Un was such a gifted child that he could drive at the age of three and that no one in the country is disabled. In 2016, the country claimed that, due to their advancement in medicine, they could cure both AIDS and cancer, according to Ranker.