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(ABC)   Icelanders upset that a new highway project could destroy precious habitats. Of elves. FARKIER: A majority of Iceland believes that elves exist   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 124
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2013-12-22 10:09:37 AM
It would explain Bjork.
 
2013-12-22 10:23:15 AM
...and these things too.

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2013-12-22 10:28:08 AM
Couple of good EMPs and we'd be back in the dark ages inside a month
 
2013-12-22 11:05:22 AM

Once and Future Lurker: It would explain Bjork.


Nothing explains Bjork. I tried this but just ended up more confused.
 
2013-12-22 11:12:07 AM
FARKIER: A majority of Iceland believes that elves exist

Given the beliefs of a vast swatch of the United States, an American really has no business laughing at this.
 
2013-12-22 11:42:13 AM
^ this.

Considering that a majority of Americans believe in angels, I'm okay with Icelandic elves.
 
2013-12-22 12:51:18 PM
And they say Americans lack education
 
2013-12-22 01:28:35 PM

Speaker2Animals: FARKIER: A majority of Iceland believes that elves exist

Given the beliefs of a vast swatch of the United States, an American really has no business laughing at this.


Evidenced by a "hunting Bigfoot" reality show that never ever EVER finds said Bigfoot.
 
2013-12-22 01:33:17 PM

Ambivalence: Speaker2Animals: FARKIER: A majority of Iceland believes that elves exist

Given the beliefs of a vast swatch of the United States, an American really has no business laughing at this.

Evidenced by a "hunting Bigfoot" reality show that never ever EVER finds said Bigfoot.


Well, they're wily and elusive

/and they hide in trees
//notice the searchers never look up
 
2013-12-22 02:23:30 PM
FTFA: "This is a land where your house can be destroyed by something you can't see (earthquakes), where the wind can knock you off your feet, where the smell of sulfur from your taps tells you there is invisible fire not far below your feet, where the northern lights make the sky the biggest television screen in the world, and where hot springs and glaciers 'talk,'" Gunnell said.  "Everyone is aware that the land is alive, and one can say that the stories of hidden people and the need to work carefully with them reflects an understanding that the land demands respect," he added.

Wow. Nice to see a folklore professor actually given space in an article like this.
 
2013-12-22 02:25:31 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Ambivalence: Speaker2Animals: FARKIER: A majority of Iceland believes that elves exist

Given the beliefs of a vast swatch of the United States, an American really has no business laughing at this.

Evidenced by a "hunting Bigfoot" reality show that never ever EVER finds said Bigfoot.

Well, they're wily and elusive

/and they hide in trees
//notice the searchers never look up


However, we do have photographic evidence of elves.

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2013-12-22 02:25:32 PM
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lol, wut?
 
2013-12-22 02:26:37 PM
 
2013-12-22 02:27:23 PM

Therion: ^ this.

Considering that a majority of Americans believe in angels, I'm okay with Icelandic elves.


I should really read threads before I post...
 
2013-12-22 02:27:32 PM
Nisse do exist and you don't want to make them mad.
 
2013-12-22 02:27:52 PM
When their belief in elves affects their political dialogue America can laugh.
 
2013-12-22 02:28:32 PM
A dear friend of mine wnet to Iceland, amd said that their belief in the elves gave the place whimsical and almost magical properties... I can't imagine it being a bad thing.... I mean hell, I actually believe there ACTUALLY IS a Drew Curtis!
 
2013-12-22 02:28:39 PM

Once and Future Lurker: It would explain Bjork.


My thoughts exactly.
 
2013-12-22 02:30:16 PM

Therion: ^ this.

Considering that a majority of Americans believe in angels, I'm okay with Icelandic elves.


Agreeing.  I always get irritated when people say believing in ghosts is stupid too.  I mean I don't believe in ghosts, gods, or gnomes but my culture has a very strong ghost/death tradition. It's one of the few things I find interesting of it.  Also ghost stories are fun/interesting so there's that too. :P
 
2013-12-22 02:32:04 PM
Of course elves exist. Who do you think works for santa?

DUH!
 
2013-12-22 02:32:40 PM
FTFA: "Some feel that the elf thing is a bit annoying," said Magnason, adding that personally he was not sure they existed. However, he added, "I got married in a church with a god just as invisible as the elves, so what might seem irrational is actually quite common" with Icelanders.
 
2013-12-22 02:34:47 PM
It's not that they believe elves exist.  They believe it's safer not to build a road through elf habitats.


Icelandic Elvis.
 
2013-12-22 02:35:06 PM
This would explain their worship of Lolth.
 
2013-12-22 02:36:12 PM
Considering that Icelanders manipulated a lava flow from an erupting volcano, they can believe what ever they want.  That is almost as badass as the Finns being out numbered and still handing it to the Soviet Union.

/Don't fark with the Scandinavians.  Check out the story behind København; a goddess turned her sons into bulls to get some work out of them.
 
2013-12-22 02:36:44 PM
When I was Iceland, many of the highways had detours around large rock mounds that were supposedly elf habitats.  Our guide said most Icelanders don't believe in elves anymore, but it adds a nice whimsical touch to the culture.
 
2013-12-22 02:38:36 PM

Laobaojun: Considering that Icelanders manipulated a lava flow from an erupting volcano, they can believe what ever they want.


Big deal. Tommy Lee Jones did the same thing with a some K-rails and a bunch of random bystanders.
 
2013-12-22 02:39:43 PM

Therion: ^ this.

Considering that a majority of Americans believe in angels, I'm okay with Icelandic elves.


Don't forget get Bigfoot.
 
2013-12-22 02:40:04 PM

fearmongert: A dear friend of mine wnet to Iceland, amd said that their belief in the elves gave the place whimsical and almost magical properties... I can't imagine it being a bad thing.... I mean hell, I actually believe there ACTUALLY IS a Drew Curtis!


You'll get over it.
 
2013-12-22 02:40:35 PM
Possibly a side effect of all the inbreeding.
 
2013-12-22 02:42:04 PM
Oh fine, subby, if you're so smart, how do the cookies get in the boxes? And don't hand me any of your fancy schmancy evolutionary theoreticisms. There's no way elf-shaped shortbread with a tasty chocolate filling isn't the work of conscious design.
 
2013-12-22 02:43:01 PM

fearmongert: A dear friend of mine wnet to Iceland, amd said that their belief in the elves gave the place whimsical and almost magical properties... I can't imagine it being a bad thing...


Sounds way more benign and likable than an invisible sky wizard that hates everbody that doesn't think like Pat Robertson.
 
2013-12-22 02:44:11 PM
Beware elves, they don't all dress in green spandex like Will Farrell.

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2013-12-22 02:44:52 PM
Could be weirder.  Like fan death in South Korea.
 
2013-12-22 02:45:24 PM
With these running around all over the place, it's not really hard to see why they believe in elves.

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Plus one NSFW
 
2013-12-22 02:45:48 PM

Saul T. Balzac: Subtard, 77% of American believe in angels.


www.fitness-weetjes.nl

I want to believe ...
 
2013-12-22 02:46:41 PM
Some American believe a fictitious character like Santa Claus is strictly one race, no question about it. And not only that, but has an actual news network making commentaries backing up the "fact" that Santa is definitely white. So I really can't laugh at Iceland.
 
2013-12-22 02:47:25 PM

Cpl.D: Could be weirder.  Like fan death in South Korea.


That's pretty damn strange.
 
2013-12-22 02:48:41 PM

Therion: ^ this.

Considering that a majority of Americans believe in angels, I'm okay with Icelandic elves.


This reminds me of a conversation between Dama and Weyoun

Weyoun:  "...All this talk of Gods strikes me as nothing more than superstitious nonsense."

Damar:  "You believe the Founders are Gods don't you?"

Weyoun:  "That's different!!"

Damar:  "Ha!  In what way?"

Weyoun:  "The Founders are Gods."
 
2013-12-22 02:48:57 PM
Big deal.  A majority of Americans believe there's an invisible magic man in the sky.
 
2013-12-22 02:49:15 PM
They've already begun rounding them up to send them off to special camps...

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2013-12-22 02:50:05 PM

fearmongert: A dear friend of mine wnet to Iceland, amd said that their belief in the elves gave the place whimsical and almost magical properties... I can't imagine it being a bad thing.... I mean hell, I actually believe there ACTUALLY IS a Drew Curtis!


He's a hobbit. Kentucky is the Shire.
 
2013-12-22 02:51:16 PM

Once and Future Lurker: It would explain Bjork.


VIOLENT pizza!
 
2013-12-22 02:51:20 PM
 
2013-12-22 02:51:55 PM
So then I told them I could talk to plants and the plants said they didn't want a road because it would destroy the elves.
 
2013-12-22 02:52:27 PM
Teach the controversy.
 
2013-12-22 02:52:59 PM
And 91% of Americans believe in the actual devil. What's your point? That people are gullible morons?
 
2013-12-22 02:53:32 PM
FTA: "A survey conducted by the University of Iceland in 2007 found that 62 percent of the 1,000 respondents thought it was at least possible that elves exist. "

They don't believe in elves, they think it is possible that they exist. They are like the people who do not believe in a magical supreme being but think it is possible that one exist.
 
2013-12-22 02:54:12 PM

indarwinsshadow: 8 in 10 Americans believe in Angles;


How obtuse.
 
2013-12-22 02:54:33 PM
Can we please stop using the word "whimsical"? It belongs in the same cesspool as "quaint" and " ye olde".
 
2013-12-22 02:54:34 PM

skinink: Some American believe a fictitious character like Santa Claus is strictly one race, no question about it. And not only that, but has an actual news network making commentaries backing up the "fact" that Santa is definitely white. So I really can't laugh at Iceland.



During a family get-together yesterday, a older relation said something to the effect that, not only is Santa Claus white (à la Fox news), he also has blue eyes.

Me: "Huh?  Isn't Saint Nick Greek?  Most folks of Mediterranean descent seem to be darker skinned, and even fewer have blue eyes."

Her:  Very matter-of-factly:  "The book says he has blue eyes, so he has blue eyes."

Me: "What book are you talking about?"

Her: "The Night Before Christmas."


I guess if some book says it's true, it must be...
 
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