It's the year 2015, everybody, and Earth's civilizations have come a lot way. We've made tremendous progress in the realms of technology, medicine, and the arts - and after finding water on Mars a couple months ago, it's only time before we discover some intergalactic forms of life.
But what if they find us first? You've got to be prepared, right? Well, fortunately for you, Insurance Business America just recently published the name of the first agency to offer alien abduction insurance - the UFO Abduction Insurance Company of Altamont, Florida, who have actually been providing the service to locals since 1987.
That's right. You can be among the rising few who are actually insured in the event of alien abduction.
The plan requires a one-time payment of $9.99, and currently, the company boasts more than 5,000 registered policy holders, which might not make sense to you right now, but check out these numbers:
The company will pay out $10 million to any insurance holder that has proof that they have indeed been abducted by aliens. (Yes, $10 million can be yours. Just make sure not to forget to take that surgeon's table selfie when you're on the ship.)
And if you still think this is a lot of hooey, company owner Mike St. Lawrence has allegedly paid out the amount to quite a few policyholders in the past. One client, for example, had the implant the aliens allegedly put inside of him examined by an MIT professor, who later certified that it was "not made of any earthly substance."
However, there IS a catch. Mike says that - to reduce the possibility of "a tax burden" on their policyholders - the $10 million is distributed as $1 every year for the next 10 million years.
So, you know, if you end up actually being abducted by aliens, make sure you plan on living forever.
Now I want to know:
Knowing the pros and cons of the policy, would YOU sign up for UFO Abduction Insurance? Why or why not?
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