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WARSAW – Squeeze inside, what is being dubbed the "narrowest house in the world" has officialy been opened in Poland's capital, reports the Warsaw Voice.

The two-story aluminum and plastic buiilding has a floor area of 14 square meters (150.70 sq feet) and measures 92 centimeters (3.02 ft) at its narrowest point and 152 centimeters (4.99 ft) at its widest point.

The house, which stands in a narrow space between a pre-war house and a modern apartment block near the outskirts of the old Warsaw Ghetto, was built by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny as an art installation in memory of two survivors of the Nazi seige of the Ghetto.

The son of the survivors, Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret, will be the first in a series of artists from around the world to use the space as a temporary residency.

Potential residents should check their claustrophobia at the door, as the house is windowless, with light only coming through holes in the bedroom. Still, it does come with a bathroom, a kitchen and a bedroom ... with a bean bag couch.

Residents must use a ladder to access the bedroom on the second floor, reports JTA.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

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NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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