Since the Eyjafjallajökull volcano began erupting, spewing ash into the air and shutting down air traffic all over Europe, jokes about the volcano’s hard to pronounce name have been circulating, along with jabs at Iceland for its financial state. Though the situation is far from funny for those stranded and for the Icelanders who are dealing with the ash cloud and flooding resulting from the eruption, at least people can find a bit of humor in a bad situation.
Here are some of the funniest jokes and jabs about the Iceland volcano. And for the record, the name comes from “Eyja” – for island, “Fjalla” – meaning mountain, and “Jokull” – for glacier.
You can listen to the correct pronunciation here.
Dear Iceland, we said send cash (not ash)!
It was the last wish of the Icelandic economy that its ashes were spread all over Europe.
First the economy goes under, now Iceland sets itself on fire. I smell insurance scam!
Welcome to Iceland. We’re currently doing a bit of construction – please pardon the dust.
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Whenever a cat walks across a keyboard, an Icelandic volcano gets a name.
There’s no volcano in Iceland. Chuck Norris is just having a barbecue.
Ash cloud disrupting Norway and Iceland fish exports. Higher menu prices. Good smoky flavor, though.
How do you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull? I believe it’s called “The volcano in Iceland.”
Four short, barefoot young men were last seen setting off for Eyjafjallajökull. The nature of their journey is not yet known.
It’s too early to make jokes about the Icelandic ash cloud… we need to let the dust settle first.
“Eyjafjallajökull”: Iceland Volcano Spews Consonants and Vowels
All this ash cloud talk is going over my head.
Normally volcanoes, like mountains, get their names from the surname of the first person who reaches the top of them. One exception is Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull, which got its name from the last words uttered by the first person to fall into the top of it
Eyjafjallajökull – named when the person writing about it fell asleep on his keyboard.
Eyjafjallajökull is erupting only twice a year — April through September, and October through March.
And from the always hilarious John Stewart: Volcano – I shall call you “Kevin.”
Photo by Haukur H.