By RYAN GORMAN
The re-emergence of North Korea's dictator after a mysterious 40-day absence raised more than a few eyebrows.
Media speculation ran wild while Kim Jong Un vanished from public view until inexplicably appearing Monday in a series of photos walking with a cane and pointing at buildings.
North Korean state media showed him making two stops in the capital Pyongyang after his vanishing from the grid led people to wonder if he had been removed from power, was having health problems or any number of other bizarre scenarios.
"Our scientists are patriots who are devoting all their lives to building a rich and powerful nation," he is reported as having said while gesturing towards the Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences.
The western-educated strongman was last seen September 3 at a concert with wife Ri Sol Ju.
One report even suggested that Kim was removed from power in a military coup only to stage a counter-coup and reassume his place as dictator.
Reaction online to the sudden slate of appearances was mostly bemused.
"Can't believe Kim Jong Un was at an Olive Garden getting the most out of his all-you-can-eat pasta pass this whole time," tweeted BuzzFeed's Samir Mezrahi.
Mezrahi is notorious on Twitter for trolling everyone and everything.
"What if Kim Jong Un resurfaced in Massachusetts and was all "I found this place" like a modern day Chris Columbus & then America became his?" Asked Max Dylan Ash, a reference to the Monday holiday in the U.S.
"Kim Jong Un is back, but he looks weird, talks like a robot, and there's always a guy right next to him with a remote," wrote another Twitter user.
The dictator was shown walking with a cane, but no explanation was given. Reports over the summer observed him walking with a noticeable limp and suggested he may have had ankle surgery.
"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reappears in public. That's six more weeks of communism, folks!" Wrote Ken Plume.
The strange saga of North Korea carries on.