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Just because I can't find where this has been asked before, could someone explain the always-friday-in-iceland meme?

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marked as duplicate by Lorem Ipsum, Toon Krijthe, ЯegDwight, animuson, Rory Oct 11 '12 at 19:23

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Most of the meta memes are described here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/19478/the-many-memes-of-meta – Troggy Jan 25 '10 at 15:49
@Troggy: But that thread, like many others is in danger of moderator intervention. Answers have already been locked. Apparently certain moderators don't appreciate the wiki portion of this site. – GEOCHET Jan 25 '10 at 15:51
@Rich B - Adding this to the memes thread won't kill anyone. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Jan 25 '10 at 17:56
Every time a new meme is added to that thread, a pony dies. – Shog9 Jan 25 '10 at 18:00
@Changing: Adding to the name change meme answer won't kill anyone either, but you see how that went. – GEOCHET Jan 25 '10 at 18:22
@Rich - That's because people got tired of it getting bumped. Which, while I disagree, I can understand. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Jan 25 '10 at 18:32
@Changing: That is not an acceptable reason for a mod to lock something. – GEOCHET Jan 26 '10 at 0:55
@Rich - To quote myself, "Which, while I disagree, I can understand." You're trying to pick a fight with someone who's on your side here. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Jan 26 '10 at 1:06
@Rich - That's baloney. Irrational racism and murder isn't understandable, being annoyed by popular things is. Comparing the two is ridiculous. Abusing power to conduct genocide is completely unrelated to abusing power to lock a forum thread. – Super Long Names are Hilarious Jan 26 '10 at 19:41

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Haha, yes.

That started with the user Olafur Waage who lives in Iceland. I believe it started with someone asking a Friday type of fun question and it started as a comment, then turned into a tag. And then people started slapping it on more fun meta questions.

Friday is kind of the official "let a few fun questions survive on meta" relaxed day. I believe someone asked a fun type of question and it was not Friday and someone's defense was it is always Friday in Iceland!

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The "Friday answer" meme is known in Iceland from the national knowledge base "Vísindavefurinn" (visindavefur.hi.is) sort of a Q&A site with answers from professors and students from local Universities and institutions. They give a silly question with a silly answer, quite fun most of the time. – ojs Sep 5 '14 at 11:30

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