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I cried

Oh, man. Someone has put a video up on YouTube in which they take a section of the movie Der Untergang and have superimposed Icelandic subtitles on it, all to do with the Icesave debacle. In the video Hitler has a conniption when he finds out that the money he deposited in an Icesave account has been lost.

It’s the most hilarious thing I’ve seen in months.

If I had the foggiest idea how to put subtitles onto YouTube videos I’d translate this just so all my lovely readers could laugh along with me, but alas, I’m completely challenged in that regard. However, the first few are as follows:

SS man: Fuehrer, we need to manufacture more airplanes and tanks

We need more funds to complete production of the exciting Derrick television series

And we need to increase our production of Haribo gummy bears by 50%.

Hitler: No problem, just take it out of Icesave

SS man: Fuehrer … Icesave

Fuhrer, Landsbanki has gone bankrupt and Icesave too

[Hitler removes glasses with trembling fingers, etc…]

I’m still wiping the tears from my eyes.

Awful weather up here on the cube, schools closed in parts of the country, major blizzard in the north etc. although here in Reykjavík it’s basically just windy and cold. It’s currently 0°C here in the capital [32F], sunrise was at 10.35 and sunset due for 3.55 this afternoon.

PS. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers!

PPS. Thanks also for the feedback on the headlines. Note that I’ve added a new feature in the same sidebar: Quote of the Day. We aim to please.



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  • Steve November 27, 2008, 2:21 pm

    With regard to the headlines, forget about the wimpy labor unions. Didn`t the women of your country bring things to a virtual standstill a few years back? 🙂

  • Mike White November 27, 2008, 3:08 pm

    The situation you are now in is the very reason that the great U.S. thinker and third President Thomas Jefferson said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    This is not to say that you should send out the krutt-kynslotin to the Althingi with machine guns. The most frustrating part is that no one’s head has officially rolled over this. If he were alive today in Iceland, Jefferson would demand what some Icelanders already have: Elections.


    It is currently sunny here in the State of Rhode Island in the States (the smallest State in the Union). It is 38 degrees Fahrenheit (3-4 celsius, not exactly sure). No wind at all at the moment but that’s bound to change. YT is Thankful to report that there is no rain for the ride to my in-law’s and then my sister’s for turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and on and on. Sunrise: 6:49am
    Sunset: 4:17pm.

  • James November 27, 2008, 4:17 pm

    Icelandic subtitles on a German film – my poor English brain can’t cope!

    I read that, according to the latest IMF estimate, the claims from foreign states for funds guaranteed by Iceland are actually double that of the assets of the Icelandic banks abroad. So, Icelanders will be indebted for the difference of ISK 245 billion – and yet Haarde is still stating that the claims are likely to be met by the bank assets… Given the scale of this, why isn’t Haarde being summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain why the government’s statements on this are so different to the IMF’s estimate?

  • hildigunnur November 27, 2008, 5:32 pm

    James, none of us understands this at all!

  • Gray, Germany November 27, 2008, 5:55 pm

    I stumbled upon nearly the same video some weeks ago at a small US blog. Here’s that English version, with Hitler ranting about his screwed up investment in US mortgages:

  • Roy November 27, 2008, 5:59 pm

    I hope the folks at ASÍ hold on to this like a pitbull on a sirloin!

    ASÍ is also demanding that MPs and ministers have the same wages as others when it comes to pensions. “In proposals that were recently revealed, their special rights decrease but they still exist,” Arnbjörnsson said. “This simply has to stop and it has to stop now. The government has to correct this if they want to reconcile with the public.”

  • Schnee November 27, 2008, 6:31 pm

    I’m pretty sure that only a video’s uploader can add subtitles/captions on Youtube.

    That being said, I wish I understood enough Icelandic to actually follow the captions… 🙂

  • trev london November 27, 2008, 6:56 pm

    Well the American one’s hilarious. “I can get you a job as a dog groomer” ha ha ha!

  • Martin November 27, 2008, 7:33 pm

    The original “subtitled” Hitler youtube was done by a West Ham fan after the “great escape” from relegation the season before last.

  • Vikingisson November 27, 2008, 9:29 pm

    That video is popping up all over with various story lines. It is hilarious to see it done several ways over the same problem but from different perspectives/languages. Looking at them becomes a blur of pointing fingers. That’s why we can’t figure out who to really blame, there’s so many. Is this the new world order that Bush The 1st was promising us?

    poor Obama, this is shaping up to be the biggest setup in history.

    [speaking of assets, don’t the dead banks have about 1/2 of London’s High St? Why are values inflated when it suits them but undervalued now that we could really use that asset?]

  • alda November 27, 2008, 9:35 pm

    Sorry guys – the Icelandic version is ten times funnier! I’m not joking.

    Best lines:

    “Global financial crisis my Arian ass!”

    “Their Central Bank director is a small-story writer with curly hair who doesn’t know dick about economics, and their Minister of Finance is a vetrenarian!”

    I have to say, though, that all of them are an excellent treatment of that ingratiatingly dramatic scene.

  • Marc November 27, 2008, 9:41 pm

    I’ve seen this in a couple of versions already (videogames, financial stocks, football teams,…). It stays a very good piece of movie. You should see the original movie, very good indeed.

    You central bank is still in lala land on the exchange rate. I hope they’re not going to blow the IMF loan on supporting an unsustainable rate.

  • Vikingisson November 28, 2008, 1:25 am

    lol. Alda, we need a full transcript. Some of us on the outside actually have enough sense of the local issues and history to get some of the jokes. After talking at length with Icelanders I’ve gained a bit of the sensibility and character. But like trying to make sense of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” from Canada to someone in the U.S., it looses a lot in the translation (and we’re talking just English). But the two lines you mentioned were hilarious and understood.

  • James November 28, 2008, 12:20 pm

    “Under the law, export companies are obliged to return currency to Iceland”
    Wow… I assume that new law applies to retained profits only. It could help protect the kroner, but the impact on business and foreign investment is going to be so bad that, if kept in place, it will probably have the opposite effect and damage the kroner. I guess that protecting the kroner in the short-term overrides everything else. Again, wow…

  • alda November 28, 2008, 2:35 pm

    James – I’m not familiar with the specifics as this is so new, but yes – it is highly controversial. Although most business owners concede that as a short-term measure it may be necessary.

    The idea is to protect against a rush to sell krona bonds once the krona is floated again next week, which would cause massive devaluation. It’s bound to happen to some degree anyway, but the hope is that this will reduce the impact. And apparently it is one of the stipulations set by the IMF.

  • Muriel Volestrangler November 29, 2008, 12:42 am

    Another Saturday, another demo. I hope we can get another nice report from Alda.
    On the news front, I see that 103 companies declared bankruptcy last month. The big hardware store fired 90 or so employees. One of the football teams sacked 9 people. Earlier a big architecture company laid off 50 or so, everybody but the owner. And this is just the beginning.
    Sad, a whole economy being dismantled piece-by-piece.
    So what are these people supposed to do? Probably when their unemployment runs out they are gone, to Norway, Dubai, Canada, wherever.

  • Dietmar November 30, 2008, 6:37 pm

    A news piece on Iceland. No surprise – more drinking, crime and praying is manifesting.

  • Bryan Bessette December 1, 2008, 4:45 pm

    Ahhh hahaha! Great videos! I lol’d