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New App Helps Prevent Incest in Iceland

We’ve all faced this problem. You’re out. You’re hot. You’re getting comfortable with an attractive person. You think about kissing them, but are afraid to do so because they may be your cousin.

Okay, maybe none of us have had this problem, but in Iceland, it’s a bit of a reality. Here’s a fairly disturbing quote from an Icelander in USAToday.com.

“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 seems that with the small population Iceland, just 320,000, accidentally kissing your cousin is just a matter of odds for young, sexually active people, so this app is there to help people avoid that problem.

I can just hear the developer coming up with the idea. “There has to be a better way!”

It happened to Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. Maybe it could happen to someone with twelve consonants in a row in their name.

The app is actually more about Icelanders love of data and genealogy than it is about making sure they don’t accidentally have sex with their cousin. The article goes on to say,

The app was created by three University of Iceland software engineering students for a contest calling for “new creative uses” of the Islendingabok, or Book of Icelanders, an online database of residents and their family trees stretching back 1,200 years.

The anti-incest feature is more of an attention grabber than the actual point of the app. Mission accomplished.

Source – USAToday.com

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