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  1. Witches, Wise Women, and Widows: A Cultural Look at Viking RPG The Banner Saga

    Essay

    There was a storm warning in Reykjavík the night I started playing The Banner Saga. As my computer booted and my tea steeped, I made the rounds in my apartment, securing the latches of my windows — double-paned, of course, to keep the cold out. Bare birch branches writhed eerily outside, and the sky, which had danced pink and green four nights prior, was coal gray. It was a good night for a Viking story. I glanced at my watch as I launched the game. I had to start playing, but I was eager for my partner to come home. Most Icelanders I’ve met have a strong affinity for their heritage, but my partner is a cultural paladin. Our shelves are crammed with epic poetry, archaeological resources, and dictionaries of dead languages. When my mom came to visit last summer, my partner had a story (or a song) for every mountain and waterfall we drove past. There’s a single-handed battle axe resting against her bedside table. Y’know, just in case. I didn't want her to play the game with me. I wanted her to snark.

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  2. Supreme Court of Iceland Will Rule on Destruction of Elf Habitat, Our Supreme Court Seems Extra Boring Today

    Occupy Rivendell.

    A highway project in Iceland has been halted as elf advocates have taken to protesting the project's completion, because it will disturb the elves who live there. Yes, elves, as in the mythical creatures. A 2007 study by the University of Iceland uncovered that 62% of people surveyed wouldn't say for sure that elves don't exist.

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  3. Icelandic Lawmakers Float Idea Of Granting Edward Snowden Citizenship

    The proposal has received minimal support in Iceland's parliament, though.

    As Edward Snowden celebrated his Fourth of July in Moscow yesterday (or, maybe didn't celebrate, what with the whole being wanted by the U.S. government thing) representatives of the Icelandic Pirate Party brought forward a proposal to offer the NSA leaker Icelandic citizenship. That would make it possible for Snowden to travel to the country and apply for asylum, adding Iceland to the short list of possible places Snowden could make a new home for himself without fearing extradition by the United States.

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  4. Endangered Whales Turned Into Ingredients for High-End Japanese Dog Treats

    Some things should just not be fed to dogs.

    Japan, we need to have a talk about your luxury dog snack market, because "endangered fin whale" is not an acceptable ingredient for dog treats. That's what one Japanese specialty pet food company has been selling, though, and they're now taking flack over the idea because for the love of all that is good, what kind of money-hungry deviant would do something like that? And Iceland, don't think you're off the hook for saying nuts to the international community and preparing to kill nearly 200 fin whales this year, many of which will be butchered and exported to become important items like "dog treats for the rich and monstrous." Not cool, you guys.

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  5. The Mayor of Reykjavík Voted In Iceland’s National Elections Dressed As a Jedi

    For A More Civilized Age

    It's not so surprising when you consider that the mayor in question is comedian Jón Gnarr, who ran for election as a joke back in 2010 and was quite surprised when he actually got elected. Part of his platform as the head of the made-up Best Party was that he refused to talk to other candidates unless they'd watched all five seasons of The Wire. There's a documentary, if you're so inclined. Or you can just look at this picture of him voting while dressed as a Jedi. (via: Neatorama) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Iceland Latest Country To Move Towards Internet Porn Ban

    It's common knowledge that the Internet is primarily a method of delivering pornography to consumers at unheard of speeds, but that may not be the case much longer in Iceland. Lawmakers there are the latest working to put in place a firewall that would block citizens from viewing pornography online. Iceland isn't the first Western nation to take a swing at 86ing Internet porn -- the United Kingdom has flirted with the idea in the past -- but a growing call among lawmakers suggests it might be the first nation that has an actual shot at passing legislation to make the Internet measurably less naughty.

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  7. What Better Way to Honor Victorious Olympians Than to Put Their Penises On Display?

    Yes, those are what you think they are. Although the Icelandic Men's Olympic Handball Team was eliminated yesterday, a few of its members can make a claim that few other professional handball players can. Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson, Ingimundur Ingimundarson, and the rest of the 2008 silver-medalists can say that they are featured in the Icelandic Phallological Museum. So, I guess handball is kind of a big deal in Iceland, huh?

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  8. A New Production Video From the Iceland Set of Game of Thrones [Video]

    Winter Is Coming

    Winter is coming, indeed, and on the set of HBO's Game of Thrones, which shot on location in Iceland, winter nights are pretty much endless. In this new production video -- which was posted yesterday, on Valentine's Day, because they love us and want to make us happy -- the cast and crew talk about the insanely cold weather, the amazing scenery, make green screen jokes, and talk about the grand total of four hours of daylight with which they have to work. I can't wait for the second season to start so I can watch while indoors. (via YouTube) Previously in Game of Thrones

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  9. Icelandic Web Site Helps Icelanders Find Out If They Are Committing Incest

    Good News Everyone!

    While it has produced the larger-than-life personality of Björk, Iceland is not a very big country. With a population of just 300,000 people, a common problem when two people decide to pursue a romantic relationship is how closely related they might be to each other. And not like "What if our ancestors had sex on the Mayflower?" More like, "What if our great-grandparents are the same?" Okay, that's an exaggeration. But, apparently, it's not that unusual to find yourself dating your own third or fourth cousin, and some Icelanders are finding that a bit too close for comfort. But now, Íslendingabók is here to help the people of Iceland stop themselves from becoming the next accidental Lannisters!

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  10. Majestic "Moonbow" Makes Rainbows Seem Gaudy, Cheap

    When Iceland isn't spewing volcanic ash into the air or crowdsourcing a rewrite of its constitution, it's home to some of the most spectacular views on the planet. This image from Stephane Vetter is a great example, featuring a gorgeous waterfall, spectacular rock formations, a faint aurora and a "moonbow."

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