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by being one of the first 200 to sign up at Brilliant.org/HAI. This was the home of Mehran Karimi Nasseri—better
known as Sir Alfred. In his home he did normal home things like
eat, sleep, wash up, relax—really the only thing that made his home unique was that it
was Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport…which looks like a Stalinist designed
donut. After the third hour being told that your
flight will board in 15 minutes it can start to feel like you’ll be stuck in the airport
forever but I guarantee that you’ve never been as delayed as Sir Alfred. Thanks to an inescapable infinite loop of
bureaucracy Sir Alfred landed at CDG in 1988 and he didn’t leave until 2006. Sir Alfred, born in Iran, grew up fairly comfortably
with his dad being a doctor for an oil company. When he was 27, though, Alfred found himself
protesting against the monarchy in Iran, which was eventually toppled, but before that he
was expelled from the country and his citizenship was revoked. With that he was stateless. About 1 in 750 people globally are stateless. That is, they aren’t officially citizens
of any country. Unfortunately this isn’t the miracle solution
to evading taxes and laws. It’s a major inconvenience that stops people
from getting social benefits, traveling, and more. There are a lot of ways people can become
stateless but one major one is plotting to overthrow the government of a country like
Alfred allegedly did. After bouncing around for a bit, Sir Alfred
was eventually granted refugee status by Belgium, also known as the Francerlands. Soon after Alfred’s dad died his mom revealed
she was not actually Alfred’s mom and that he had been born out of an affair his dad
had with a Scottish nurse. There were pros and cons to this. Pro: Alfred would be eligible for British
citizenship. Con: Alfred would not be eligible under Iranian
law to receive his father’s inheritance… oh and his whole life was a lie. As a stateless person, Alfred wanted to make
his way to London to apply for citizenship but somehow he lost his refugee papers. He says they were stolen, others say he got
rid of them. Quick side note: Sir Alfred had told tons
of different versions of his story so almost every article you’ll read about this will
have a slightly different story but the consensus seems to be that Alfred left France lite,
went to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, somehow boarded a plane, and flew to London. Now, this shouldn’t have happened because,
in order to fly internationally, you have to have a valid passport and visa and Sir
Alfred did not. It was probably an airline mistake. Nowadays, airlines are fined an average of
$3,500 for each passenger they fly without a valid passport or visa and they have to
fly the passenger back to their origin free of charge. Upon arrival to the UK, not having any passport
to get in, Sir Alfred was turned right back around and placed on a plane back to Paris
Charles de Gaulle Terminal 1. But, for the same reason he couldn’t enter
the UK, Sir Alfred also couldn’t enter France. Normally the protocol in this case would be
to send the person back to their home country where they could, in an emergency, enter without
a passport but Sir Alfred had no home country so he couldn’t enter France and he couldn’t
fly anywhere meaning he was well and truly stuck in Paris Charles de Gaulle Terminal
1. After a brief stint in jail he set up shop
on this bench and that’s where he lived for the next 18 years. The airport had everything he needed—bathrooms,
food, even a doctor which, being in the stalinist, socialist donut was, of course, free. Now, there were attempts to get Sir Alfred
the refugee papers he needed but to do so he would need to go to Belgium and, of course,
without the refugee papers he couldn’t leave the airport to go to Belgium. It was an infinite loop of bureaucracy. It’s worth noting that Sir Alfred was actually
in the public area before security during his stay but it would’ve been illegal for
him to step outside even if nothing was physically stopping him. Eventually, after about 10 years, both France
and Belgium offered him residency but he refused to sign the papers that would finalize this
as they listed him as Iranian—in his mind, he was anything but that. Some say Sir Alfred’s mental state deteriorated
as the years racked up but it seemed that he perhaps grew fond of his airport home and
he had made friends there. For most of the early years he relied on his
savings—there was a bank in the airport—and the occasional money that strangers who heard
his story gave or sent him—there was a post office too—but in 2004, while he was still
in the airport, he published his autobiography which made him some money and DreamWorks Pictures
paid him $250,000 as they were making the film, the Terminal. This Spielberg movie was not based off of
Sir Alfred’s story but rather loosely inspired so the payment was mostly legal cover to be
sure that Sir Alfred wouldn’t later sue. In interviews around this time he kept saying
he was weeks away from leaving but, eventually, his departure did not come by choice. In 2006 he was hospitalized for six months
with medical issues and after, rather than returning to the airport, he eventually settled
down in a Paris homeless shelter where he’s lived ever since. If you find yourself stuck in an airport for
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The Man Who Was Stuck in Paris Airport for 18 Years
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100 thoughts on “The Man Who Was Stuck in Paris Airport for 18 Years

  • June 8, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    It's so sad, it shows how the French are so weak and impoverished they can't even eject an Islamic supremacist invader there stealing for decades.

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  • June 8, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    I wonder when my plane is arriving, it's been 17 years

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  • June 9, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    just a pathetic immigrant freeloading PARASITE, NOTHING MORE!!!!!!!!

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  • June 10, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    Is this "that" movie?

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  • June 10, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    Fun Fact: Sir Alfred was called Sir because he studied Brilliant for 18 years!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 8:09 pm
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    The ad before the video was nearly as long as the video. :/

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  • June 13, 2019 at 11:45 pm
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    2:11 back then there wasn’t good security. My mom was in Narita Airport in Japan in the 90s and lost her passport. (She is a citizen of the U.S.) She still got home.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 5:08 pm
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    It feels the same every time you use Gatwick.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Looks like borat

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  • June 17, 2019 at 12:04 am
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    Mehran Karimi Nasseri
    Better known as Massive Kryptonite Nullifier

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  • June 17, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    politics turned an airport into a prison

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  • June 20, 2019 at 1:02 pm
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    18 years? You must be kidding right? I can't afford an airport for one day and I'm well paid. $10 for a month old mold and slug pie. $15 for a crap beer. You have to trade your wheels for a meal that's just edible. This story has Candid Camera all over it.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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    A modern Hugo

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:44 am
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    Imagine being stuck for 18 years in Newark airport 😂

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  • June 22, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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    Hope he got home to Krakhozia safely.

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    Is this guy an idiot how to fuck is he in a homeless shelter with 250 k

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  • June 23, 2019 at 2:55 am
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    I spent 3 days at Oslo's airport

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    3:12 the fact that many Americans (it's not the 1st time I've seen this kind of comment lol) think France is a socialist country just because they have "free" (it's not even really free) healthcare always makes me laugh… But then again, I suppose many Americans don't distinguish between social liberalism, socialism, communism, stalinism and bolchevism. So far, all that France has had, even when a left-wing president and government were in power in the 80s and the 2010s, is social liberalism.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    well, an airport is not a bad place to be if you are kind of "homeless", especially if he would have a laptop he can charge and get wifi 😀 no, but seriously, 18 years Oh my god

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  • June 29, 2019 at 9:02 am
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    Should've hired him…

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  • June 30, 2019 at 8:10 am
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    Just to think Chinese riot over a few hours delay or getting the wrong size chopsticks.

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  • June 30, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    You realize he could technically go to court and claim that as his right

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  • July 2, 2019 at 12:20 am
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    Who is here from YES THEORY? Hi Fam!!!

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  • July 2, 2019 at 9:46 am
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    anyone here after yestheory?

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  • July 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    r/madlad

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  • July 3, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Some airports are going to be way nicer than your shitty apartment, so I get him not wanting to leave. Also, I'm sure the staff at the airport quickly became his new family and friends, plus him meeting new people each day. If I had nowhere to go and no one to talk to, I'd stay. Similar reason why some people permanently live on cruise ships.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    this somehow reminds me of Shawshanks Redemption.. but more cozy

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  • July 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    How did he pay for EVERYTHINGGGGGG?

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  • July 5, 2019 at 4:54 am
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    What a pathetic video it went from a documentary to him trying to advertise for another company get a fucking life you faget I fucking hate people like you trying to make a couple bucks by advertising for other companies you fucking balless coward

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  • July 5, 2019 at 11:11 pm
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    Came from Yes Theory

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  • July 6, 2019 at 11:42 am
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    “Belgium also known as the francerlands” ????
    Where the f did you get this information from ?
    As a Belgian, I have to cut your BS !

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  • July 6, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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    Well, I'm not stuck in an airport for about 18 years, so I will gladly not spend my time learning something new and would also not click the first link in the description.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 9:24 am
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    Looks like surreal

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  • July 7, 2019 at 3:38 pm
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    1:47 😭😂😂😂😂😂😂

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  • July 7, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Pathetic. If it was me I'd have left the airport, walked 5 miles, then hitched to Belgium. Guess the free room and board was irresistible.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    I think he was protesting against the Islamic republic. In 1988 the Islamic Republic was ruling for 9 years.

    But if he was protesting against the monarchy, he was there for 28 years. Not 18.

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  • July 9, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    "Hey, wanna come back over to my place?"

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    Wait, your advertising kind of sucks, because you might be trapped inside without a phone or device

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  • July 9, 2019 at 1:31 pm
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    He softlocked himself

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  • July 10, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    2:25 My mother is a green card holder and a citizen of the Philippines, but when we went to Japan she didn’t have a visa (was an accident, she thought she didn’t need one for Japan and the travel agent didn’t even ask if she had one) and we had to send her back with OUR OWN MONEY.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 5:09 am
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    This happened to me after a house fire; I needed a birth certificate to get my social security card and i needed a social security card to get a birth certificate.

    simply put; It took four years.

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  • July 10, 2019 at 6:27 am
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    Flew to this airport 2 weeks ago

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  • July 10, 2019 at 10:37 am
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    Don't feel sorry for him…. His own doing

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  • July 12, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    My brother and i love the movie

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  • July 12, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Is this where they got the idea for the moive terminal

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    "if you're stuck in an airport for 18 years, use this website"
    me: yes finally, i hate when that happens, being stuck in an airport for 18 years"

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  • July 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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    a quarter of a million dollars and he lives in a homeless shelter… He is a bum, a liar and a piece of shit. He is not Scottish, he made that shit up to try and get UK welfare, he turned down French and Belgium welfare because it pays less. He is a mentally ill piece of trash

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  • July 13, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    If only the UK immigration officers were as strict with everyone else.

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  • July 14, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    Came here after Yes Theory mentioned this guy in a video haha

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  • July 14, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    Sir Alfred’s whole life is a ”B R U H” moment

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  • July 15, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Was this based on the Terminal movie?

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  • July 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm
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    Gosh crazy world!! 18 years how inhumane ? So much talk of human rights bs

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  • July 16, 2019 at 5:59 am
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    Damn, I'd hate to be in his situation.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    You need to fact check this. You are INCORRECT on most things you said.

    Where did you get this b.s. info?

    Heres the truth…

    https://youtu.be/ngNP8ZNutNY

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:58 am
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    “France Lite” 😂😂😂

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  • July 17, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    huh

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  • July 18, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    1 in 750 people are stateless, holy shit

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    Wasn't that Viktor Navorski

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  • July 19, 2019 at 8:07 pm
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    it took him 6 years to walk through the duty free shops.

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  • July 21, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    Moral: Don’t lose your refugee papers.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    You don't need a visa to fly from France to the UK.

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  • July 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm
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    "Hey, I've been stuck in this airport for 18 years."
    "Whoa, that must have been bad! How did you manage?"
    "Well, I spent most of my time on Brilliant."
    "I see, so you must have learned a lot. Didn't you get tired of it?"
    "Actually, I'm just leaving for Sweden to collect my Nobel prize."

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  • July 26, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    What a life.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 8:27 am
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    Me :Alexa what nationality is alfred?
    Alexa: please ask me after 18 years because I need time to think about it.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:35 am
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    And I thought being stuck in the airport for a day was bad…

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    I find airports tedious and boring , they should force Anders Breivik to live in one , hed be bored to death , lol

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  • July 28, 2019 at 9:51 am
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    I'm sure you could live in the terminal fine, but I dunno about sleeping on the benches for 18 years.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 9:35 pm
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    The efficiency of government at work.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    The thumbnail says ho lmao

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  • July 29, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    Sure are a lot of Youtubers advertising for Brilliant.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    good vid but, i hate it when the sponser is said to help in getting stuck in an airport for 18 years, bro that is propably never going to happen again

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  • August 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    He should have agreed when France and Belgium offered him refugee status. All he had to do was agree he was Iranian. What an opportunist!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    That's disgusting keeping someone for 18 years.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    And then theres me who rages cause of no wi-fi for only 1 minute

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  • August 5, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    And then theres me who rages cause of no wi-fi for only 1 minute

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    He must be the 2nd Krakozhia citizen to strand in airport

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  • August 5, 2019 at 5:33 pm
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    So this is what Alfred did before he worked for Batman

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  • August 6, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    Stop pronouncing it as 'eye ran'.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 5:41 am
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    He was had a choice to get the citizenship but he refused.

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  • August 8, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Classic example of “ you need experience for a job, but you need a job for experience “

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  • August 11, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    Next video: “why a rich person is living in a homeless shelter”

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  • August 12, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    I’ve been to that airport before, I can’t imagine living in that hell for 18 years.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 6:13 pm
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    He soft locked himself

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  • August 13, 2019 at 3:07 am
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    So basically The Terminal but in real life?

    Edit: I watched the video

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  • August 13, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    I will reply with everyone I see that is a real or fake person

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  • August 15, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    The Terminal was real

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    This world is fuckin crazy

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  • August 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm
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    What’s the music from 3:14

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:26 pm
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    What an unproducing lazy man.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    An avgeeks biggest dream

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    At least it wasn't Philadelphia.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:40 am
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    I would've become an illegal immigrant. Europe loves illegal immigrants, they're even recategorized as "refugees".

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  • August 20, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    Im watching this in CDG-Paris Terminal2

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  • August 20, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    3:47 if i were him i wouldnt care

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:23 am
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    Hmm so CDG is a hotel?

    Trivago.

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  • August 22, 2019 at 4:24 am
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    Okay but now i am super curious how it worked out? Was he just left in the airport when people went home for the day? Also…couldn't he have gotten a job or something to make money while in the airport? He isn't going anywhere XD

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  • August 23, 2019 at 6:12 am
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    Great way to score free flights

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