They could really use an Accidental Incest App in Palmerston North

via Slate

via Slate

REYKJAVIK, Iceland—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.

I think the catchiness may have been lost in translation.

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.”

The Islendiga-App — “App of Icelanders” — is an idea that may only be possible in Iceland, where most of the population shares descent from a group of 9th-century Viking settlers, and where an online database holds genealogical details of almost the entire population.

It does actually explain a lot about Iceland.

Nice to see they’re trying to avoid further genetic decline.


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  • spollyike

    South Auckland is the place that needs this App for sure!

    • Mr_Blobby

      Needing it and wanting it are two different things.

      • Orange

        You missed out “getting it”

        • Mr_Blobby

          I did think of it, then thought better of it. But you are right cousins are probably easier pickings for the desperate.

  • Lion_ess

    One of those wouldn’t have gone amiss in the Royal family either.

  • “Nice to see they’re trying to avoid further genetic decline.”
    If Iceland is in genetic decline, then let’s have some. Iceland has the world’s strongest press freedom laws, following their GFC meltdown, and their gutsy response to it.
    Compare with NZ, still helping out the rich and their apologists milk the country for more corporate welfarism, while suffering first world leading rates in child poverty, violence and corruption.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Probably had better quality stock to work with in the first place, rather than the genetic throwbacks we have here.

  • Never thought I would live to see the day when someone would say “Let’s copy Iceland” hahahaha – 100 billion euros in debt, a non existent economy, a non functioning society; basically a failed state.
    It is no wonder they have nothing better to do then fornicate.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Do some research Minarchist. Iceland did make the hard decisions, charged and convicted many of the people responsible for the crisis. Something like 60 or 70 people were investigated. Can’t say the same for Wall Street and the to big to fail.

      • Blobby I know Iceland history in the 21st century very well; after 1000 years of being fisherman they suddenly decided they were all Wall St tycoons.

        They borrowed and borrowed – and others were stupid enough to lend and lend to the Icelanders – and then it went spectacularly tits up on them.

        As for investigating and convicting people – it was all Kangaroo courts – basically 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner, rather than everyone remembering that between 2004 and 2008 they had been poncing about driving range rovers and studying their share portfolios compiled with borrowed money. .

        Much easier to blame “The Bankers” than look in the mirror and say “I took out those loans, I was a fool, it’s my own fault”.
        I notice that in 2006 or 2007 noone was blaming “The Bankers” when markets were rising and everyone felt they were incredibly clever. Fancy that.

  • Changeiscoming

    ummm…whats this got to do with Palmy Nth?
    Unless you are referring to Iain Lees-Gayoway somehow. Has he been bonking someone else you haven’t told us about Cam.