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Study: Other Countries Weird

BOSTON—Examining a wide variety of cross-cultural data, a Boston University study released Monday determined that other countries are weird.

Japanese Family Puts Aging Robot In Retirement Home

KYOTO, JAPAN—Saying the move to the assisted care facility was the right decision after so many years of operation, members of the Akiyama family finally put their aging robot in a retirement home, sources reported Friday.

North Korea Successfully Detonates Nuclear Scientist

PYONGYANG—Hailing it as a significant step forward for their ballistic weapons program just hours after suffering a failed missile launch, North Korean leaders announced Monday they had successfully detonated a nuclear scientist.

Tokyo Portal Outage Delays Millions Of Japanese Warp Commuters

TOKYO—Saying the outdated system needed to be upgraded or replaced to avoid similar problems going forward, millions of inconvenienced Japanese warp commuters expressed frustration Thursday following a Tokyo portal outage that caused delays of up to eight seconds.
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How Refugees Are Admitted Into The U.S.

The United States’ effort to accept Syrian refugees seeking asylum has been the subject of much controversy over security concerns and the rigor of the vetting process. Here are the steps involved in a refugee’s arrival in America:

  • Step 1: Filled-out refugee application materials thrown onto large, unorganized pile of folders on desk at United States immigration headquarters
  • Step 2: Applicants shown pictures of various U.S. landmarks and asked how violent they make them feel
  • Step 3: Nonrefundable $45 credit check fee
  • Step 4: Find safe place to wait out gunfire for next two years while application is processed
  • Step 5: Tracking chips inserted into refugees’ forearms
  • Step 6: Cry softly
  • Step 7: Often regarded as the most arduous step of the process, refugees must successfully elicit some level of sympathy from the American populace
  • Step 8: Age another year
  • Step 9: Legally accepted refugees inserted onto list to receive government benefits, directly ahead of all of nation’s veterans
  • Step 10: Accept grim but very real possibility of life in Billings, MT
  • Step 11: Refugees given list of mosques under government watch they are allowed to attend
  • Step 12: Enjoy full rights and privileges of something called “Adjust Status”
  • Step 13: Fully assimilate by denying sanctuary to future waves of refugees from another part of the world


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