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Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who spent 18 years living in the departure lounge of Terminal One at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in France. After the briefcase containing his refugee documents was stolen, there was no country for French immigration to deport him to, and he refused efforts to relocate him anywhere other than England. His story was the loose inspiration for the 2004 film The Terminal. Who played the main character in that film?

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The Terminal was a very, very, very loose adaptation of Nasseri’s story, and in it, Tom Hanks played an Eastern European tourist named Viktor Navorski, who ends up stuck at JFK airport in New York City indefinitely when his country goes to war with the US.
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As the old song goes, “People are strange.” I mean, I’m sure there’s more to the song than that, but that just about sums it up, doesn’t it? Even if they seem normal on the surface, every one of us has a tiny weirdo lurking inside—but probably none of us are quite as bizarre as the oddballs found on this list. Not that there’s any shame in that—normal is boring!


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