Somehow, the team behind a government unemployment website in Illinois missed that memo because it now offers a translation of the entire site in Klingon. You know: the made-up language from a made-up alien race from a franchise that peaked in popularity in the ‘80s.
“The Klingon translation started out as a promotion for the Star Trek Into Darkness movie that premiered in May,” the Chicago Tribune reports. “It has remained long after the movie release because the department received positive feedback from some who found it humorous.” When it comes to peoples’ devastating unemployment situations, good thing the government has a sense of humor! That’s your taxpayer money at work, folks.
The translation certainly doesn’t bode well for what the government thinks of its people — that they’re a bunch of nerds who have nothing better to do with their time than study the Klingon dictionary. For those who do speak fluent Klingon, well, that could have something to do with why they’re unemployed in the first place.
Using Microsoft Translate, the government offers the Klingon translation alongside Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese and Russian. They chose Klingon over French? No wonder French people hate Americans so much.
The article doesn’t say how many Klingon speakers qualify for unemployment benefits in Illinois, but if it’s more than zero, we should be very frightened for the future of humanity. Recently declassified U.S. government documents show the existence of Area 51, so it’s possible these Klingons have already assimilated into society and are patiently waiting for the right time to blow up Earth. After they collect their unemployment benefits, of course.