Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
A large number of major luxury sunglasses and prescription glasses brands, including Chanel, Ray-Ban, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Prada, and Burberry are manufactured by a single Italian company called Luxottica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
In 1992, Bosnian sportsman Aleksandar ĐuriΔ‡ was invited to compete in canoeing at the Barcelona Olympics. The Bosnian Olympic Committee couldn't afford to pay for his travel, so he hitch-hiked his way over 1500 km, including a 2 day trek, and borrowed equipment from the Spanish and Italian teams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Italian speakers with dyslexia tend to have less severe reading impairment than English or French speakers due to Italian's simpler and more phonetic spelling. medicalxpress.com/news/20…
Everyone remembers Rembrandt by his first name, his surname was actually Van Rijn. Probably inspired by Italian masters known by their first name such as Raphael or Michelangelo, he would deliberately sign with his alone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rem…
Codex Seraphinianus is an illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, created by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini. It is written in an obscure, imaginary language, and has been compared to the still undeciphered Voynich manuscript. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
After the Nazi assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbart Dollfuss. Fascist Italian dictator Mussolini mobilized the Italian army on the Austrian border and threatened Hitler with open war if German troops crossed into Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eng…
Today I learned about the ancient Italian city of Matera, where up until the 1950’s, some people were living in caves as old as 9,000 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sas…
The periods we put after every three zeros in big numbers was invented by an italian guy named paolo dagomari di prato. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pao…
In 1961, Piero Manzoni, an Italian artist, produced ninety cans of Merda d’artista. He filled and sealed 90, 30-gram tin cans with his own faeces. He wrote: β€œIf collectors really want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there's the artist's own shit". In 2016 a tin sold for €275K. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art…
Phil Collins, composer of the soundtrack to Disney's 1999 animated film "Tarzan", performed all the songs not only in English, but French, German, Italian and Spanish as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
The Maltese language is descended from the time of Muslim Arab control over Malta a millennium ago. The Arab language survived Christian reconquest, but disconnected from the Arab world, absorbed Italian/Sicilian/English vocabulary, evolving into Maltese today. It is written with Latin script. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Today I learned about the Italian Hall Disaster. On December 24, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. peoplesworld.org/article/…
The vocabulary of Maltese is heavily influenced by both Arabic and Italian. As a result, there are some sentences comprehensible by Arabic-speakers but not by Italian-speakers, and vice versa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
Italians use around 250 distinct hand signals in everyday conversation. youtube.com/watch?v=DW91E…
In 1963, Italian designer, Joe Colombo, designed an asymmetric set of rocks glasses to make it easier to drink and hold a cigarette at the same time. arnolfodicambio.com/en/co…
The Italian city of Naples is entering pet dogs' DNA into a city-wide registry. Samples from piles of poo left on the street will then be entered into the database and be used to identify the irresponsible owner behind the mess. The city will fine culprits around $685 smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Pecorino Cheese is sheep cheeseβ€”Pecorino in Italian means "ovine" or "of sheep" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
Donna Summer decided to cease any future performances of her 1975 hit "Love To Love You Baby" after some 5000 Italian men charged the stage as she performed the song, and then started rocking the trailer where she sought refuge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lov…
Today I learned about the Italian Unionist Movement, a party whose goal was the annexation of Italy to the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
The first woman to ever rule over Iran was of Italian descent. She is the first of only three women to rule in Iranian history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
A permit was denied for the production crew of "The Sopranos" to film the episode "Pine Barrens" at South Mountain Reservation by Essex County, New Jersey Executive James Treffinger, due to the show depicting Italians as corrupt, Treffinger was later convicted and imprisoned for corruption en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The Italian mafia group β€˜Ndrangheta brought in an estimated 44 Billion Euros in 2007, which was 2.9% of Italy’s entire GDP. With drug trafficking making up nearly 2/3rds of their income, it is estimated that the group imports 80% of Europe’s entire cocaine supply. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%27…
The popular Muppets sketch known as Mahna Mahna is a real song called Mah NΓ  Mah NΓ  by Piero Umiliani. Jim Henson heard it in an Italian sexploitation film called Sweden: Heaven and Hell and debuted the sketch on Sesame Street in 1969 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah…
An Italian atheist group wanted to advertise on buses "The bad news is that God does not exist. The good news is you don't need it". When they were refused, they changed it to "The good news is there are millions of atheists in Italy. The excellent news is they believe in freedom of speech" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about San Marino, the only surviving medieval city-state in the Italian peninsula. Landlocked by Italy, San Marino maintained its independence even through the Italian unification in the 19th century. wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor…
The "Ghibli" from Studio Ghibli is a double loanword from Arabic (qibliyy, a hot desert wind) to Italian (ghibli, pronounced with a hard G, also the source of the English spelling) to Japanese (Jiburi with an English J) β€” Studio Ghibli was a "new wind through the anime industry" tokyotreat.com/news/histo…
The first battle involving Italian military personnel since the end of WW2 is known as "Battle of the Pasta Factory" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Italian producers of the BMW Isetta made a truck variant of the Isetta that was very popular in Italy. There were many variations of the "Isetta Truck" including a pickup and even a firetruck! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ise…
200 years before Columbus, two Italian brothers also attempted to find a new way to India by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in 1291. They were never heard from again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Catholic order descending from knights, briefly had an air force when Italian bombers were given to them to circumvent the ban on Italian aircraft of the type after WW2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
Macaroons and macarons are NOT the same things. Macaroons are American coconut-based cookies. Macarons are French (originally Italian) meringue-based confection made up of two cookies with filling in the center. chefsteps.com/activities/…
Between 2003 and 2005 thousands of Italians went broke because of "53 fever" where they bet on the number 53 on a gambling wheel in Venice bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Today I learned of Guido Keller, a decorated Italian WWI aviator who joined a pirate gang and took over a city, brought full tea services aboard his flights, engaged in giant orgies with both sexes, was addicted to cocaine, explored the Amazon River, and enjoyed posing nude for photos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
Ingrid Bergman had an affair with a womanizing Italian director & bore him a child out of wedlock. The affair was so vilified that a U.S. senator took to the Senate floor in 1950 to denounce her as a β€œpowerful influence for evil,” & hurt her career in the US until her triumphant return in 1956. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ing…
In 1941, an Italian newspaper reported that the Loch Ness Monster had been killed by a direct hit in a German air raid. However, when a family boating on the Loch in August 1941 sighted the monster, the Daily Mail made a point of noting that Nessie had survived the Nazi attempt on her life hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
The classic 1914 Italian epic silent film Cabiria was the first motion picture to be screened at the White House en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
In Europe, Italians have the highest genetic diversity. They have extraordinary peculiarities that contribute to reducing the risk of kidney inflammation and skin cancers, and the risk of diabetes and obesity, favoring a longer lifespan. phys.org/news/2020-05-ear…
"Chef Boy-Ar-Dee" was a real Italian chef named Ettore Boiardi who came to America and opened a restaurant. His spaghetti sauce was so popular people would buy by the jug which lead him to start his own company. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ett…
The Italian town of Capracotta in Southern Italy set the record for most snowfall in a 24 hour period: 100 inches in 18 hours on March 5th 2015. meteoweb.eu/2015/03/uffic…
Even though Johnny Cash's first wife was Italian-American, black and white photos in the 1960s misled some people into believing that she was black, which led to protests, death threats, and cancelled shows history.com/news/why-hate…
Today I learned about the italian futurist cooking, a movement that proposed to abolish pasta and serve food like pineapple and sardines instead. Also they promoved the use of uv lights to treat food en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fut…
In Italy, it's very common for dwarfs to undergo painful limb lengthening surgery (that involves repeatedly breaking bones and pulling them apart over the course of 2-3 years) due to societal pressure. 90% of Italian dwarfs undergo the procedure (in the rest of Europe, the rate is around 8%). vice.com/en_uk/article/pp…
Today I learned of an Italian man who fell into the Anish Kapoor's installation called Descent into Limbo, a Vantablack painted hole, thinking it was just a circle on the floor nerdist.com/article/man-f…
That, in 1967, due an argument with their bishop everyone in a small Italian village renounced Catholicism and converted en masse to Greek Orthodox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
America got its name from an Italian explorer named Amerigo Vespucci, who proved that the land that Christopher Columbus explored in the years 1492-1504 was not India but an entirely new continent. biography.com/explorer/am…
The concept of the "double negative" does not exist in every language and in many languages, including Portuguese, French, Russian, Greek, Spanish, Old English and Italian, the use of multiple negatives serves to intensify rather than cancel out a previous negative. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dou…
Eric Fleming rejected an offer to star in an Italian-made western called A Fistful of Dollars (1964), filmed in a remote region of Spain by a relatively unknown director, Sergio Leone. That role went to his Rawhide co-star - Clint Eastwood. telegraph.co.uk/music/art…
An Italian TV Channel called 'Super!' changed their logo for one day after the Manchester attack of 2017 to show respect for the victims and their families brand-news.it/media/tv/su…
Switzerland has FOUR official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh! ontheworldmap.com/switzer…

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