Emilía was the most popular name given to girls in Iceland in 2012, Aron for boys. Jón is still the most common name for men in Iceland, and Guðrún for women, according to Statistics Iceland.
Iceland is now part of the real world, mbl.is reports. For the first time in the country’s history, government ministers have body guards, disguised as personal drivers.
Tottenham Hotspur footballer Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson scored two goals, and the only goals for the team, in the 2-0 win over Norwich in the English PL. Gylfi Þór made it to Garth Crooks’ BBC team of the week.
Last night, a reporter from Stöð 2 spoke with three 15-year-old girls at Austurbæjarskóli school on the issue of sending Snapchat nude images on their smartphones, an issue which has been causing heated debate in Iceland. The girls said that they believe that more than half of the children their age had sent nude pictures via the photo messaging application.
Columnist and television personality Egill Helgason asked in a column published on eyjan.is yesterday why on earth Progressive Party parliamentarian Vigdís Hauksdóttir recommended on her Facebook page a ultra-racist blog by Danish parliamentarian Pia Kjærsgaard.
PM Sigmundur Davíð will auction off his one and only Nike basketball shoe, the one he was wearing when he met President Obama ten days ago in Stockholm. The money will go to a good cause.
News website Austurglugginn reported that people came to Hótel Framtíðin in Djúpavogur yesterday crying in fear. The wind in nearby Hamarsfjörður reached up to 252 km/h (157 mph).
'Dirty Paws' by Of Monsters and Men is the trailer song of Ben Stiller’s upcoming movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which was partly filmed in the Republic of Iceland.
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Update: The Nike shoe is sold. The crew members of the fishing boat Guðmundur VE 29 from Vestmanneyjar bought the shoe for ISK 175,000 (USD 1,500, EUR 1,000) for the campaign Á allra vörum, collecting money for a special emergency department for the mentally ill at the National Hospital.