Talk:2874: Iceland

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As someone with friends in Iceland, I can confirm that Iceland is actually not a real island, and was actually created by a team of 8000 workers that happened to be carrying bags of sand, ice, and grass. someone, i guess(talk i guess|le edit list) 00:33, 30 December 2023 (UTC)

Ooh, can you get some of them to state that online where we can cite it for the Wiki entry?
ProphetZarquon (talk) 20:10, 30 December 2023 (UTC)

With all due respect to the first editor contributing to the Explanation ... my take was that the comic has little to do with mission creep within projects but has to do with the fact that Iceland contains such a confluence of strange geographic features that it defies logic that they should all be collectively present in a single location. For example, you don't find islands on top of a mid-ocean ridge, or a glacier on top of a volcano, or a mild climate (because of the Gulf Stream) in the polar regions where the Aurora Borealis could be seen. The only logical explanation for such a bizarre jumble of features was that it must have been created by a committee of diverse scientists who wanted their pet feature to be included in the formation of Iceland. Rtanenbaum (talk) 02:42, 30 December 2023 (UTC)

Agreed. Also "More fjords!"-Slartibartfast L-Space Traveler (talk) 03:55, 30 December 2023 (UTC)
That's how I took it, too. Get your editing shoes on and fix it. Barmar (talk) 04:09, 30 December 2023 (UTC)
I just changed the explanation on the first paragraph based on your comment, much thanks! AT-RexEatingAnAirplane (talk) 06:22, 30 December 2023 (UTC)
Actually, I think "mission creep" is also one of the subjects which should be mentioned... -- 23:26, 30 December 2023 (UTC)

By the way, Iceland and Greenland have names that are contrary to their actual geography. Iceland is actually much more habitable suitable for cultivation because of the geothermal warmth and Gulf Stream effects. While Greenland is suitable for agriculture on only 1% of its territory. Rtanenbaum (talk) 02:42, 30 December 2023 (UTC)

I don't know if it's apocryphal or not, but I heard that this happened because the inhabitants of iceland didn't want to encourage immigrants who would gentrify the place. So they gave it a name that didn't sound appealing, and gave Greenland an attractive name. Barmar (talk) 04:08, 30 December 2023 (UTC)
While Greenland was indeed 'upsold', Iceland was at least twice ("snow land", prior to "ice land") described for what its respective new arrivals actually saw and identified as its main features (compared with their Scandinavian expectations, even)...
Of course, those arriving at any of the actually 'useful' margins of Greenland perhaps weren't to know how much actual icecap there was beyond the fringes which were somewhat farmable. And one could imagine that arriving at Iceland at the wrong place/time of year could leave one ignorant of the actually surprisingly copious fertile soils, even after first climbing a handy nearby mountain to get a bigger picture. 10:15, 30 December 2023 (UTC)
According to the Iceland Sagas Greenland was named by Erik "the Red" Thorvaldsson (the father of Leif Erikson) to lure settlers there. The short version: Erik was exiled from Iceland for three years and sailed west. In his exile his main occupation was exploring Greenland and its shores. Thus it can be assumed that he knew very well that the place was rather... inhospitable. When he returned to Iceland, he told stories about this "Greenland" and so gathered the first Icelandic colonists to establish permanent settlements on Greenland. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 09:55, 2 January 2024 (UTC)

Hitch Hiker's Guide[edit]

This one is rather reminiscent of Douglas Adams' Hitch Hiker's Guide series, where the Norwegian fjords (and the rest of planet Earth) are revealed to have been designed to order. 16:09, 31 December 2023 (UTC) - I always felt that that particular project was not ordered ins such detail (i.e. 'I want fjords in Norway') but instead ordered by the Mice as a whole. Slartibartfast is more of an artist than an engineer. That's why he makes Fjords in Africa for the second version.