Yep, I was fooled. No homoerotic missile-on-missile action. No death from above.
The paranoid, cynical, haven’t-slept-in-a-week side of me thinks the stories were planted as part of a last-ditch effort to frighten the North Korean government into calling off the test (for technical reasons, naturally). Of course, that side of me also thought they were crazy enough to try shooting the missiles down (primarily because most of the stories ran along the lines of “let’s attack a nuclear power”, albeit totally nonchalant about the prospect), so it’s also entirely possible I’m just low on sleep.