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New app helps Icelanders avoid
The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, April I tr, 2013 at B: 00 pun.
last Modified: Thursday, April , 2013 at mm.
TANK Iceland - You meet someone, there' s , and
then come the introductory questions: What' s your name? Come
here often? Are you my cousin?
In Iceland, a county with a population of , aoo where most
everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cousins is a real
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 tn 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, hut (the app) is a necessity."