Skip to comments.New app helps Icelanders avoid accidental incest
Posted on 04/18/2013 7:58:52 PM PDT by haffast
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) -- You meet someone, there's chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What's your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin?
In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where most everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cousins is a real risk.
A new smartphone app is on hand to help Icelanders avoid accidental incest. The app lets users "bump" phones, and emits a warning alarm if they are closely related. "Bump the app before you bump in bed," says the catchy slogan.
Some are hailing it as a welcome solution to a very Icelandic form of social embarrassment.
"Everyone has heard the story of going to a family event and running into a girl you hooked up with some time ago," said Einar Magnusson, a graphic designer in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik.
"It's not a good feeling when you realize that girl is a second cousin. People may think it's funny, but (the app) is a necessity."
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"We added a birthday calendar to make sure you don't forget your relatives' birthdays," he said.
Forgot their phone, cold reception.
Religion in Iceland
" A Gallup poll conducted in 2011 found that 60% of Icelanders considered religion to be unimportant in their daily lives, one of the highest rates of irreligion in the world."
"As in the other Nordic countries, church attendance is relatively low; only 10% of Icelanders go to church once a month or more frequently, 43% say that they never attend church and 15.9% say they attend church once a year."
Before you bjork...
A confession. I really, really wanted my 4th cousin.
Icelanders need to raid a neighboring country (tribe) and haul back some maidens.
“Icelanders need to raid a neighboring country (tribe) and haul back some maidens”
Or Muslim immigration?
Not many up there ripe for the raiding. Perhaps Denmark, there are all stoned anyways.
The Amish should consider some raids of their own.
It’s all fun and games until you accidentally marry your sister.
That girl in the centre is not guilty..
They're forming a raiding party now.
Hey a family that Boings together stays together!
What’s accidental incest? Hell In the South it’s never accidental! We know what the hell we’re doin!
Won’t work, we’re all kissing cousins!
The inbreeding has done it’s damage.They don’t look smart enough or fast enough to catch any maidens.Doomed.
“Nuthin’ spells lovin’
Like marryin’ your cousin.”
Phillip Jughead, Prince of Whales
Those guys need bras. Side-effects of inbreeding?
As if FiW wasn't already disturbing enough...
Does the app check for same sex relatives?
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