President “Good Brain” Just Told the Same Lie for the 80th Time

It feels like it should be a bigger story that the world’s most powerful man is nuts.

I really try not to post political stuff. I almost wish I was more oblivious to what was going on. This is just too crazy.

The original article was in ESQUIRE

It pretty much says it all that there was another Presidential Episode on Tuesday and it was barely a blip on the radar. These spectacles, where the world’s most powerful man rants and raves like a guy with whom you’d studiously avoid eye contact on public transportation, happen so regularly that nobody even much remarks on it anymore. Just a fact of American life. Oh, that’s just the president again! You see, Mr. Good Brain went to Pennsylvania yesterday to give a speech that was purportedly on the topic of energy, but which swiftly devolved into a festival of personal grievance and kaleidoscopic delusion. So the usual.

Thanks to CNN’s Daniel Dale, we know the president said he’s set to lose $5 billionbecause of lawsuits against him, an amount of money he almost certainly does not have. He demanded that Barack Obama’s book deal be investigated, because reasons. He said China does not have oil and gas—no need to look that one up—and that we’d be begging China for steel (he used a whiny voice) if he hadn’t saved the American steel industry, which would be dead without him. He said the only thing we export to Japan is wheat, which they buy out of pity, all of which is entirely made up and totally bizarre. He used a racist slur to refer to a presidential candidate. He mocked the idea of computer manufacturing, suggesting people want to dig coal or make steel. He invited the workers in attendance to troll the media with tweets about how he should serve a third or fourth term. He talked about copper theft. He talked about how he’s always loved trucks.

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The brain, it is good. It was even gooder when he expressed amazement at the turnout for an 11 o’clock speech when it was, in fact, 2:40 p.m.

But the really reassuring stuff came via the insane lying. As a champion bullshitter, Donald Trump is quite adept at convincing himself of something as he makes it up with the intent of convincing others. The truth is whatever you can get enough people to believe, including yourself. And it appears that the president has thoroughly convinced himself that he is responsible for a program that was signed into law in 2014.

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As a refresher, Trump was not president in 2014. His political career was primarily contained to suggesting the first black president was actually Kenyan, and thus illegitimate. (Not a racist bone in his body, etc. etc.) But the really astounding thing is he’s told this lie 80 (eighty!) times and shows no sign of slowing down. He is an unstoppable force of fabrication, and The Lamestream Liberal Fake News Media has not exactly proven itself to be an immovable object. At some point, he says the same false thing so many times that people just give up.

More than the specific lies, though, the establishment media has fought like hell to pretend that Donald Trump is merely an exceptionally rude and eccentric president, rather than someone who is quite clearly unstable and who poses grave danger to the republic. The President of the United States regularly claims that windmills cause cancer, and some in the press just shrug. They ask him about North Korea’s nuclear escalation after his supposed Artful Dealmaking with the regime, and he rants about the Beautiful, Three-Page Letterthat Kim Jong-un sent him. Meanwhile, they keep firing off rockets.

This is insanity. It’s not Biased for the media to say so, it’s fucking reality. Even the Mooch is saying it. Remember that guy? That was crazy, too. Jesus.

 

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Random Facts of The Day.

Welcome to August! Some are getting ready to head back to school. Some are just trying to get the most out of what is left of their summer.

For no particular reason- here are some facts:

1. A chipotle pepper is just a dried and smoked jalapeño.

And an ancho chile is a dried poblano.

2. Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish have the same base.

Sour Patch Kids are just pumped into a different mold and finished with a sour coating.

3. “Double Stuf” Oreos don’t actually have twice the creme filling.
A math teacher crunched the numbers and concluded they only have 1.86x.

4. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor who was working at the Frito-Lay plant.

Richard Montañez pitched his idea to Frito-Lay’s CEO in 1976 and went on to become an exec VP at PepsiCo. There’s even a movie in the works about his story.

5. Cilantro and fresh coriander are the same thing. They’re just two different names to describe the same plant. (There are also coriander seeds — which come from the plant too, and you can find them whole or ground up into spices.)

6. Spam is named for the combination of the words “spice” and “ham.”


And not, as urban legend would say: Scientifically Processed Animal Matter.
7. Kit Kats are filled with broken Kit Kats. The Kit Kats that get damaged during production are crunched up into a paste, then given a ~second life~ inside other Kit Kats.

8. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous in large doses.

The raw leaves contain oxalic acid, among other things. And if you eat a TON of them — or several pounds worth — it can be lethal.

9. McDonalds nuggets come in four distinctive shapes.


This is “to ensure consistent cooking times for food safety in all McDonald’s restaurants”, according to McD’s.

10. Bananas are berries — and strawberries are not. Botanically speaking, that is.
11. Honey never goes bad. As long as you properly store it sealed and in a dry place.

12. Pound cake got its name because the original recipe contained one pound of each main ingredient. That’s four pounds (!) total — of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.

13. Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant.


Brassica oleracea was selectively bred over hundreds of years to create dozens of very different vegetables.

14. Allspice isn’t actually a mix of other spices.Although it smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, Allspice is a fruit picked from a tree — then dried and sold either as whole “berries” or ground up into its own spice.

 
15. All Froot Loops technically taste the same, no matter what color they are.I still like the red ones best, FWIW. 🙃

16. Asparagus grows straight out of the ground.

17. In 2018, Nabisco redesigned its iconic animal crackers box after PETA flagged it.


The new design uncages the animals and puts them in the wild.

18. The biggest difference between jam and jelly? Jam is made with fruit — and jelly is made with fruit juice.

Jam is made with fruit, sugar, and often pectin (a thickener). Jelly is made with fruit juice, sugar, and pectin. Another way to remember it? Jam is chunky — it’ll have mashed fruit pieces in it; whereas jelly is a smooth spread.
19. Most raw oysters are still alive when you eat them. In fact, oysters are stored under very regulated conditions because once they die, they are no longer considered safe to eat.

20. Red, yellow, and green bell peppers are all the same vegetable. They’re just at different stages of development. Bell peppers also have more vitamin C than oranges.

21. Haribo green gummy bears aren’t lime or green apple flavored. (They’re strawberry.)

And the red ones, apparently, are raspberry. o.O

22. Loofahs — aka: shower scrubbers — are made from gourds.

Specifically: the (aptly-named!) sponge gourds and luffa gourds.
23. Tootsie Rolls start out as giant 13-pound logs that are then shaped down to their mini size.


And they’re still made using their original recipe from 1896.

Did one of these blow your mind?

What’s your favorite random food fact? Share in the comments!

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Hammocks are Overrated

Hammocks always seem like a fun idea in theory … until you have to get out of one.

In honor of the very random holiday known as National Hammock Day, we’ve rounded up 20 hilarious (and also quite random) tweets about hammocks.

Abby Heugel@AbbyHasIssues

1. Get in hammock.
2. Relax.
3. Try and get out of hammock.
4. Panic.
5. Don’t fight it and just accept that this is where you live now.

306 people are talking about this

EnvyDaTropic™@envydatropic

Not one to brag but I’d win gold if falling out of a hammock without spilling your drink was an olympic sport

144 people are talking about this

Mary Charlene@IamEnidColeslaw

In hell you can only have sex in a hammock

45 people are talking about this

Sophia Benoit

@1followernodad

*lying in a hammock, not yet worried about my exit strategy*

45 people are talking about this

Bec Shaw

@Brocklesnitch

when pigs do a comedy roast it’s called a hammock

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Abby Heugel@AbbyHasIssues

I just got ten minutes of resistance training trying to get out of the hammock.

124 people are talking about this

G@GretaGirl22

when you fall asleep on the hammock and you get rope-marks all over you.

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maura quint

@behindyourback

comfort can come from many things, like right now all I need is to be wrapped in a hammock, rocked violently and spoken to in rapid Spanish

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Aparna Nancherla

@aparnapkin

I had a falling out with a hammock

23 people are talking about this

space force syd@bbysquids

I fell through my hammock but I saved my smore

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5,713 people are talking about this

Amy Kaufman

@AmyKinLA

What to do when bored in Utah? Push each other on the hammock until you almost flip over. Suprisingly fun. http://tweetphoto.com/7124759

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Charlene deGuzman

@charstarlene

Should I buy a hammock for my stuffed animals or just face my actual problems

68 people are talking about this

Abby Heugel@AbbyHasIssues

I think the best part of being Spider-Man is that you could use your webs to make a hammock and take a nap.

187 people are talking about this

Amy Kaufman

@AmyKinLA

Why don’t I have a hammock to read innnnnnn

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kim monte 🏳️‍🌈@KimmyMonte

If you never want to hear from me again, put me in the middle of a hammock and walk away

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Scaachi

@Scaachi

sometimes it is hard to feel like the company i work for isn’t a parody of itself when you see a pool donut in the shape of a hamburger leaning against the office hammock

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Lili Reinhart

@lilireinhart

There is not a graceful way one can get into a hammock.

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Abby Heugel@AbbyHasIssues

My favorite extreme sport is trying to get out of a hammock.

32 people are talking about this

Scaachi

@Scaachi

the other day a raccoon strolled leisurely into our backyard in the middle of the day, jumped on our hammock, and then tried to steal one of @scottdeveau’s shoes.

feed the raccoons. they’re getting stronger. we won’t win.

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JennyPentland@JennyPentland

*commissions one of those giant lord of the rings spiders to build me a hammock*

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Tweets About Airport

It’s a rare kind of person who actually enjoys going to the airport. Between the long security lines, flight delays, scarce food offerings and generally unhappy people, there’s very little to relish about the experience.

But at least you can laugh (and tweet) about it. We’ve rounded up 45 too-real tweets about the hell that is the airport.

Erin 🔥🧘🏻‍♀️🔥 Ryan

@morninggloria

It should be okay to boo people at the airport

917 people are talking about this

maura quint

@behindyourback

sitting here in the airport waiting to board my flight and there’s a goddamned bird in the terminal flying around by itself showing the fuck off

32 people are talking about this

christine teigen

@chrissyteigen

every time I go to the airport, my gate is the longest walk possible. If I’m gate 48, the gates start at 1. If I’m gate 1, the gates start at 48 and go backwards. What are these other gates in between even? Are these actors

6,453 people are talking about this

Aparna Nancherla

@aparnapkin

Aint no salad like an airport salad cuz an airport salad don’t food

507 people are talking about this

Alyssa Limperis@alyssalimp

The airport is a lawless place. 7am? Drink a beer. Tired? Sleep on the floor. Hungry? Chips now cost $17

85.5K people are talking about this

Lili Reinhart

@lilireinhart

In other news, a man was carrying a frozen lasagna through airport security this evening.

2,341 people are talking about this

Anna Kendrick

@AnnaKendrick47

Why do I buy cooking magazines in airports? I might as well be buying porn. I get all excited but there’s nothing I can do about it.

4,022 people are talking about this

Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson

@MaraWilson

There is absolutely no reason to be using your skateboard indoors at an airport

132 people are talking about this

Aparna Nancherla

@aparnapkin

There is rude then there’s Airport Rude

144 people are talking about this

kim monte 🏳️‍🌈@KimmyMonte

“oh you’re thirsty? good. we’re $9 now, you stupid fuck” – bottles of water at an airport.

72 people are talking about this

christine teigen

@chrissyteigen

Too many people link the word “airport” with “barefoot”

198 people are talking about this

Jim Gaffigan

@JimGaffigan

Wow. NEWARK AIRPORT does a fantastic impression of HELL.

948 people are talking about this

claire@cloxic

me: has never done cocaine
me walking through airport security: oh god what if i have cocaine in my bag

38.7K people are talking about this

Scaachi

@Scaachi

Laguardia is a great airport if you’ve recently been held hostage by large rats and just need a quiet place to eat some off-brand Sbarro’s.

57 people are talking about this

wikipedia brown ||| abolish ICE.

@eveewing

me walking to the front of the boarding line at the airport

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697 people are talking about this

Lesley Nneka Arimah@larimah

TSA Agent: Anything sharp or dangerous in here?

Me: Only if you fear the written word 😏 😏 *finger guns*

TSA: 😐

Me: 😬

TSA: 🤨

Me: No, ma’am, nothing sharp or dangerous.

112 people are talking about this

〰 Just Linda 〰@LindaInDisguise

I can help you get through airport security 30% faster – just get in any line other than the one I am in.

28 people are talking about this

Erin 🔥🧘🏻‍♀️🔥 Ryan

@morninggloria

The official seal of LaGuardia Airport is a sad family eating sadwiches on the floor

238 people are talking about this

Michael Ian Black

@michaelianblack

I will always admire anybody confidently strutting through the airport wearing a neck pillow.

148 people are talking about this

Seth Rogen

@Sethrogen

At the airport today, I asked my TSA agent how he was doing, and he said “just working at the TSA, where dreams go to die.” So everything is great.

11.9K people are talking about this

Ken Jennings

@KenJennings

Florida : ballot design :: New York : airport design

62 people are talking about this

Mindy Kaling

@mindykaling

When someone asks for a ride to the airport 🔪

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398 people are talking about this

Aparna Nancherla

@aparnapkin

People who wear cute outfits to the airport, what are you doing

167 people are talking about this

Lili Reinhart

@lilireinhart

The time between getting to the airport and actually getting on the plane is the worst. So close to a nap, and yet so far. 😴

1,964 people are talking about this

Erin 🔥🧘🏻‍♀️🔥 Ryan

@morninggloria

People ordering Frappuccinos at an overwhelmed airport Starbucks at 6:30 am should automatically be placed on the no-fly list

358 people are talking about this

Elizabeth Hackett@LizHackett

Two guys in the airport bar are amazed a margherita pizza has no alcohol in it and they’re the reason you can’t leave bags unattended.

129 people are talking about this

Mindy Kaling

@mindykaling

Never felt as forsaken as I did from 2:30 to 4am at JFK airport

78 people are talking about this

Tracie Tom@tracietom

I just took out a second mortgage on my house in case I get hungry at the airport tomorrow.

204 people are talking about this

dadpression@Dadpression

My favorite person at this airport is the little girl who keeps yell-insisting: “It’s not a bag, it’s my suitcase!”

18 people are talking about this

Aparna Nancherla

@aparnapkin

i just heard a TSA agent say “i mean there’s passion & then there’s love” & shortly after, my chia pudding was confiscated, this has been another episode of airport

416 people are talking about this

Lilly Singh

@IISuperwomanII

Waiting for my flight in this airport like…

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568 people are talking about this

Chelsea Nachman

@chelseanachman

the most unrealistic thing about love actually is that someone will pick you up from the airport

39 people are talking about this

wikipedia brown ||| abolish ICE.

@eveewing

this woman at the airport got mad that people didn’t stack empty bins in the security line and started exclaiming “LAZY!!! LAZY PEOPLE!!!” to no one while furiously reorganizing them

before you ask, yes she was

303 people are talking about this

Scaachi

@Scaachi

a little known fact is that if you stand in front of the gate at the airport for 45 minutes your flight will board and leave faster

65 people are talking about this

Elizabeth Hackett@LizHackett

My hobbies include: watching families in the airport and deciding what music goes under the movie trailer for the bad vacation they’re just starting.

72 people are talking about this

Bim Adewunmi@bimadew

the thing about dogs that are working at the airport wearing patches that read ‘I AM WORKING. DO NOT PET’ is that they are very fucking pettable.

43 people are talking about this

keely flaherty

@keelyflaherty

a man in the airport accidentally dropped his heavy luggage on my leg. he said “oops” & i said “oh sorry!thank you” & those are the two genders

121 people are talking about this

sloane (sipihkopiyesis)

@cottoncandaddy

can’t stop thinking about the time I watched a woman try to put her dog through the airport security scanner and the tsa agent picked it up and was like “ma’am no”

3,901 people are talking about this

wikipedia brown ||| abolish ICE.

@eveewing

Hi, I am the recreational airport walker! I don’t have anywhere in particular to be. I just like to come here to the airport and stroll around at a leisurely pace while remaining blissfully unaware of my surroundings. I like to stretch my arms all the way across the escalator and

91 people are talking about this

wikipedia brown ||| abolish ICE.

@eveewing

Me when the TSA agent disrupts my very carefully orchestrated ornate system for putting items on the x-ray belt

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Lilly Singh

@IISuperwomanII

Dear airport security, can you make up your mind. Does my bag go in the tray or not?!

569 people are talking about this

Scaachi

@Scaachi

look i know you’re all very excited about the footy ball but the AIRPORT is a BAD PLACE for LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE to SUDDENLY ERRUPT IN FRANTIC SCREAMS

108 people are talking about this

Natalie@jbfan911

me before going through security at airport: what if i accidentally have a gun

46.5K people are talking about this

Chelsea Nachman

@chelseanachman

tsa security agent: wow, that’s a lot of rings!
me: haha yeah
tsa: are you married?
me: nope !
tsa: well, what are you going to do when you get married?
me: MAYBE I WON’T EVER GET MARRIED !!!!!! THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!
tsa: …. have a nice day

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christine teigen

@chrissyteigen

Can you imagine just setting off the smoke detector in your house and not caring for hours because that is the Miami airport

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VOTE for a GYMNAST

As a former gymnast and a current coach there is one thing I have learned. How to bounce back from failure.

For every skill I learned I had dozens if not hundreds of failed attempts. I failed, I made corrections and adjustments and tried again. I was NOT blindly trying again and again. I listened to those around me and put the information to good use. As a coach errors are much more costly. You have athletes and other coaches who are listening to your advice.

You need to listen to coaches who have been there before. You need to learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others. You need to formulate a plan with a goal knowing that you are going to need to make adjustments along the way. Working with your athletes there will always be some give and take. Some pushed back pretty hard. You needed to let them into the process.

In politics a candidate is going to make mistakes. If they were a gymnast, they know how to make corrections and adjustments and be able to move on.

An elected official is also going to need to make adjustments. They may be elected in a weak economy and work tirelessly to turn it around. If they are successful, they are faced with a new set of problems.

There are few sports that prepare a child for a life as a CEO or a politician.

If you have a former gymnast running in your district- they deserve a second look

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The 7 BIGGEST Failures of Trumponomics

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress keep crowing about the economy, when in reality Trumponomics has been a disaster. Here are its seven biggest failures:

1. Trump promised to bring down America’s trade deficit “as fast as possible.” Instead, the trade deficit has hit an all-time high. The United States is now purchasing more goods and services from the rest of the world than we sell abroad than at any time in history.

2. As a presidential candidate in 2016, he said he could completely eliminate the federal debt in eight years. Instead, the federal debt has exploded thanks to Trump and the GOP’s $1.9 trillion tax cuts for the wealthy and corporationsThey’re already using the growing debt to threaten cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 

3. He promised to boost the wages of American workers, including a $4,000 pay raise for the average American family. Instead, wages for most Americans have been flat, adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile, over the same period, corporate profits have soared and the rich have become far richer, but the gains haven’t trickled down.

4. His administration said that corporations would invest their savings from tax cutsInstead, corporations spent more money buying back shares of their own stock in 2018 than they invested in new equipment or facilities. These stock buybacks provide no real benefit for the economy, but boost executive bonuses and payouts for wealthy investors.

5. He promised a tax cut for middle-class families. Instead most Americans will end up paying more by 2027.

6. He promised to keep jobs in America and crack down on companies that ship jobs overseas. Instead, his tax law has created financial incentives for corporations to expand their operations abroadTrump’s trade wars have also encouraged companies like Harley Davidson to move production overseas. 

7. He promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington lobbyistsInstead, he’s put them in charge of health, safety, and environmental protections—which has endangered most Americans while increasing corporate profits even further.

The real recipe for economic growth is to invest in Americans—in their health, education, job training, and infrastructure.

But Trumponomics has exploded the deficit, hurt ordinary Americans, and lined the pockets of the wealthy and corporations.

Don’t let Trump and Republicans claim otherwise.

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Iceland

Legend (probably a false legend) has it Iceland was named by some sneaky Vikings who, in a quest to keep it all to themselves, tried to hide the fact that their new settlement was actually a lush, green wonderland worthy of envy from the entire Nordic world.

Indeed, Iceland is so striking beautiful — and quirky, and romantic, and adventurous — that we can’t say we blame them.

Here’s why you should go there, too.

1. The Blue Lagoon will heal your soul.
This steamy outdoor spa (where the water is 98 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit, naturally!) also offers in-water massages and a swim-up bar.
blue lagoon

2. You can stand inside a waterfall.
Seljalandsfoss is also a great place to view the northern lights through a curtain of glittering mist.
seljalandsfoss

3. In fact, waterfalls are everywhere.
Take Hraunfossar for example– it’s a series of streams that gurgle out from cracks in a craggy lava field, leftover from when a volcano erupted under a glacier.
hraunfossar

4. There are probably elves in Iceland.
But really: just last year, highway construction screeched to a halt after elf activists protested in an effort to protect the elves’ forest homeland. In a survey, 62 percent of Icelandic respondents said they think it’s possible elves actually exist.
iceland forest

5. There are probably also aliens.
What is that firey orb descending upon the Icelandic town of Akureyri, you ask? Aliens. It’s probably aliens.

6. You can scuba or snorkel between continents.
The North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and the South American and African continental plates converge in an epic underwater meet-up at the Silfra ridge. Whether you’re floating above or diving to the floor of this underwater canyon, it’s a wild feeling to be in two places at once… just ask Alex Mustard.
northern lights thingvellir

8. Nobody leaves voicemails in Iceland.
The option to leave a long, boring message still exists, but many locals saythey’ve never received or left a voicemail in their lives. Pretty much all Icelanders are related, so they probably figure they’ll just see each other at dinnertime anyway.
phone iceland

10. They’ve taken hot dogs to a whole new level.
Icelanders typically toss lamb in the mix, thus deepening the link’s flavor. They call these creations pylsur and top them with sweet mustard, ketchup, raw onions, deep-fried onions and remoulade. Or you can ditch almost all the condiments and order your pylsurClinton style,” the way our former president did when he visited in 2005.
pylsur

11. You can go INSIDE a VOLCANO.
At Thrihnukagigur, you’ll plunge almost 400 feet into the multicolored magma chamber of a volcano that erupted 4,000 years ago. Sound too scary? You can see it via helicopter, too.
thrihnukagigur

12. There’s no need to fear incest.
Ever worried your lover might turn out to be your fourth cousin twice removed? Don’t fret; there’s an app for that.
iphone

13. Strokkur geyser explodes like clockwork.
The Churn” erupts every five to 10 minutes, shooting water up to about 100 feetin the air.
geyser iceland

14. Iceland gets credited as having “the largest banana plantation in Europe.”
It’s not the case, but the rumor probably started when those crafty Icelanders tried sticking a bunch of banana plants in greenhouses. And because bananas don’t grow in much of Europe (the Canary Islands are a major exception, so they’re probably the true winners of the banana crown of Europe) — voilà! Quirky modern myth is born! The remains of that failed experiment are now part of a small indoor banana farm at the agricultural university.
iceland banana

15. You can whale watch, humanely.
There are 23 types of whales in the waters around Iceland, meaning you’re more than likely to spot some of those fantastic fins. Pick a boating company that’s committed to letting whales have their space.
whale watching iceland

16. Iceland has already mapped your dream road trip for you.
While driving the Golden Circle, you’ll pass a couple of geysers, a national park with the largest natural lake in Iceland, and Gullfoss, the country’s most famous waterfall. Try completing the Golden Circle in a super jeep or snowmobile.
gullfoss

17. Watching veggies grow is a “thing.”
Iceland is dark and cold for much of the year, but tomatoes grow merrily under artificial light at Friðheimar. The environmentally-friendly greenhouses yield about one ton of produce per day, and you can tour them to watch the magic in action. If that’s not impressive enough, see Friðheimar’s horse show in 14 different languages.
friðheimar

18. The Faroe Islands are right at your fingertips.
This little fairytale archipelago lies halfway between Iceland and Norway. This means it’s just a hop, a skip, and a quick flight to islands full of fishing, bird watching, lighthouses, and the most precious medieval churches you ever did see.
faroe islands

19. Sometimes, Iceland looks like another planet.
But guess what? Mount Kirkjufell is actually on the planet of Earth!
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20. The sun also shines at night.
For about three months each year, the sun sets for only a niblet of time each day, and the sky is bright for a full 24 hours. This means you can play golf, hit a concert, or run a marathon in the middle of the “night.”
midnight sun iceland

21. It’s one of the best countries to catch the Northern Lights.
Thingvellir National Park — the picturesque field where leaders of yore decided laws in an open-air forum — is today recognized as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places to see aurora borealis.
northern lights thingvellir

22. In Iceland, your view from the window seat could turn out as art.
…that’s if your seat mate happens to be a photographer as skilled as Andre Ermolaev.
pan

23. Hallgrímskirkja is not your typical church.
It’s ornate out front yet simplistic inside. There’s beautiful live music and an organ with over 5,000 pipes. Your ticket will support local charities (if you visit at a certain time), and — wait for it — an elevator rockets you about 250 feet up the church’s tower for an astounding view of Iceland’s capital city.
hallgrímskirkja

24. Icelanders make fish soup stellar.
Maybe it’s the fresh Nordic seafood, or maybe it’s the splash of sherry. Either way, who knew fish soup could be delicious? Order a warm bowl on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
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25. Breiðafjörður.
We can’t pronounce it either, but it’s beautiful.
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26. James Bond has graced the glaciers.
Iceland’s glaciers and glacial lagoons have set the scene for “Batman” and multiple 007 movies.
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27. Puffins!
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