Does anybody remember the old Disneysploitation cartoon series “TailSpin”? I used to watch it in the afternoons when I would visit my grandparents in New Jersey (there’s not much to do in Jersey). I remember one episode where Balou the Bear, who had been re-cast as a freelance pilot, decides to lose some weight but gets lost on the way to the health spa and winds up instead in some tinpot dictatorship. Hilarity (or what passes for it among the ten-year-old set) ensues as the oblivious Balou endures hard labour, bowls of steam for lunch, and solitary confinement in a metal box in the sun, all in the name of weight loss.
Never understimate the ability of insane despots to convert absurd fiction into reality. On the same blog where I found the previous item, I find reference to this truly bizarre, but eerily familiar tourism scheme. Disney should sue.