You can now learn how to ask many questions in Klingon on the Illinois Department of Employment Security website. The site offers translations via Microsoft Translator, with the other options being Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese, and Russian.
Damn it so much. This is why it is hard to be a Star Trek fan. 22 million people out of work, and now I have to wonder how many of those are unemployed because they haven't found that dream job yet, the one that fulfills them as a person, the Taco Bell drive-up gig they got because they can say "tlho SoH pull Daq cha'DIch!" (loose translation: Thank you and please pull to the second window). Although, I hear the ancient Klingon ritual for replacing the sauce packets in the dining area is breathtaking to behold.
This all came around as a promotion for Star Trek Into Darkness in advance of its premiere earlier this summer. The popular reception of the tongue-in-cheek feature led to increased traffic, and resulted in the translation feature being kept around. According to IDES spokesman Greg Rivara, "We kept it up because every now and then, people notice it, and whenever people are drawn to our website to see the benefits that we offer, that's a good thing." spokesman Greg Rivara said.
Um, yeah. Ok. People should be drawn to the Dept. of Employment Security for the benefits they offer, I completely agree, but shouldn't those freaking benefits have something to do with actually getting a job? I'm not against having fun, and the service doesn't actually cost any money (just the time for a basic review of the pages for accuracy and nuance), but there's a place for the fun shit, and that's not it. If you want a place to look for a job and have a little fun, stay the hell on Facebook or keep dodging scams and escorts on Craigslist. At least there, the hookers probably won't care if you wanna hear "who's your daddy! in Klingon as long as you have earth-type currency.
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