In his recent sprint up to North Korea, former pro basketball star Dennis Rodman may have come across to the world as totally ridiculous in the role of self-appointed emissary for peninsular peace.

But somehow his effort did make sense. After all, by accepted standards of nation-state behavior, that country itself comes across as absurd. Doesn't a Rodman sort of fit in there?

One never knows: When the ridiculous meets the absurd, something unexpected might come out. What might that be?