App keeps Icelanders from dating their cousins
In a country of 330,000 where everyone is related somehow, this technology will surely come in handy.
What if it turns out she's your aunt or cousin? Isn't that information you'd want to know before you revisit that fantasy about being an extra in the "It's Oh So Quiet" video?
In Iceland, a nation with a population roughly the size of St. Louis', there's an app for that.
As News of Iceland points out, everybody in Iceland is related. You don't go through thousands of years of history and come out on the other end with fewer than 330,000 people without some of the same genetic material getting passed around. Fortunately, most Icelanders aren't related closely enough to cause any problems or embarrassments.
But how can you avoid awkward conversations and revelations? Well, in the earlier days of the Internet, you had to sit down at some connected PC, scroll through the 720,000 names in the "Book of Icelanders" and then call your date to confirm you're still on for dinner -- or cancel and tell him or her you'll catch up at the next family reunion.
Now that information is available in a Google (GOOG) Android app that lets Icelanders access that vital information from their smartphones or tablets and in some cases use Bump Technologies' app to bump smartphones with the other person to see how closely related both are. The developer's tagline for that particular use is "Bump the app before you bump in bed."
The fact is, in Iceland everyone is a branch on the family tree. Simple logistics preclude it from being otherwise. Your options for keeping relations as far from the trunk of that tree as possible are to rack up the frequent-flier miles and date exclusively outside the country, troll the Reykjavik hotel bars for foreign tourists, find someone with at least one parent who's not from Iceland or seek out an extremely distant relative.
That last option is often the easiest and most convenient for Icelanders and helps them avoid running into past dates at family parties.
A commenter on the app's home page was quoted by News of Iceland as saying, "If I would have had this app last year I probably wouldn't have gone home with my cousin." Indeed.
Follow Jason Notte on Twitter at @notteham.
They need this for Utah. All of those Mormons with their huge families are always accidentally dating each other. Icky.
How do you think the humane race started.?
With the Smiths and the Browns?.
Monkeys and incest. so goes the scripture.
The old dude who begat 400 kids might give you a clue as to incest.
Seriously, before the wheel, steam engine, and locomotion...How far can some one walk looking for a bride/husband? Especially in agrarian societies where folks worked six days a week and have only Sundays to look for a mate- and only after Sunday service
It's not the southern states you have to worry about.
California, NY, Vermont and Mass are the states
that keep trying to reinvent who can shack up and
declare it a marriage.
People think they need it for the south. Try Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. They will love this app.
Family reunions in Iceland are easy to schedule. All they need to do is declare a national holiday and call it a "Family Reunion".
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