Italy built an entire courthouse to prosecute the Mafia. They charged 475 members in a trial that lasted from 1986-1992. To date, it is one of the biggest trials in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max…
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 about 'Umarells', a term used in Italy used to describe old men, who watch over construction sites with their hands behind their backs, offering unwanted advice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uma…
In 1941 the President of Haiti declared war on Japan, Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania. Only Romania bothered to declare war on Haiti in return. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
In Italy the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bid…
The USA navy operates more aircraft carriers than all other navies combined - the USA operates 12, while all other nations operate 11 (China, the UK, and Italy each operate 2, while Russia, France, Spain, India, and Thailand operate one apiece) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Incest is illegal in Italy only if it provokes public scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leg…
There is a book from the 15th century found in Italy that is written in a unknown language, with drawings that show unidentified things, and that nobody has ever been able to understand it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voy…
Italy sells more Italian olive oil than it can produce foodbeast.com/news/olive-…
Ethiopia named one of it's cities squares in Addis Ababa after Mexico, because it was one of only 5 countries that refused to recognize Italy's annexation of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Prince John William Friso (d. 1711) is the ancestor of every European royal house (Albania, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Yugoslavia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
20 people were killed at an Italian ski resort in 1998 when a US Marine Corps aircraft, flying over 1,600 feet below minimum height standards, cut the cable supporting their gondola. The pilot was acquitted of manslaughter, and the United States reimbursed 75% of Italy's victim compensation fund en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
The Pentagon Building has no marble within it. This is because the Pentagon was built during WW2 amd the source of Marble for the government which was Italy was considered an enemy nation. flightlines.airforcetimes…
The 1983 movie "Trading Places" with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy became a Christmas Eve classic in Italy, being broadcast by Italian television every year since 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Today I learned about Operation Mincemeat, a British deception plot to fool the Nazis into thinking that the Allies were going to invade Greece instead of Italy by planting deceptive information on a corpse on the Spanish coast with the hopes that Spain would pass it on to German Intelligence. bbc.com/news/magazine-118…
When Italy declared war on Ethiopia in violation of the League of Nations' policies, only Adolf Hitler sent support to Ethiopia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Italy's wealthiest man, Giovanni Ferrero, comes from the family that created Nutella spread and also produce Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tac mints, Kinder chocolate and Butterfinger bars. businessinsider.com/giova…
Beretta, a popular firearms company based in Italy, is thought to be one of the oldest businesses still operating today. They predate Isaac Newton by over 100 years, and have been family owned since their inception. beretta.com/en-us/world-o…
The oldest university in the world is in Africa and was founded by a Muslim woman. It's called University of al-Qarawiyyin and was founded in 859 in Fez, Morocco. Runner up is the University of Bologna founded 1088 in Bologna, Italy and was the first institution to use the term university. uaq.ma/
There is an Airport in Italy that will let you bring 500g of liquid on a plane, so long as it is Pesto bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The water which is shipped to the International Space Station all comes from 2 sources in Italy. One source supplies water for the USA segment of the ISS and the other source to the Russian side based on the tastes of the astronauts and the method used to purify the water on board. spacesafetymagazine.com/s…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (starring Clint Eastwood), one of the most famous westerns of all time, was written, directed, & produced by Italians in Italy. It was part of a popular trend of low budget Italian westerns called β€œSpaghetti Westerns”. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The most decorated regiment during WW2 were the Japanese Americans despite having their families locked up in concentration camps, fighting in major campaigns in Northern France, Italy, and Germany encyclopedia.densho.org/4…
Chloe Ayling was hired for a gig, was abducted in Milan, Italy, was told she would be sold as a sex slave, had rumors spread about her in 2017 that she faked it by the Daily Mail and is still accused of faking the abduction though her abductor was sentenced for 16 years in 2018. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
Taiwan embassy in Vatican is located in Rome, Italy - which doesn't recognize Taiwan as an independent country. taiwanembassy.org/va_en/i…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
In 2012 an 11 year old boy accidentally flew to Rome alone without any money, passports, or boarding passes while running away from his mom in a mall. No one realized until the plane was already halfway to Italy. telegraph.co.uk/news/avia…
Tribeca is one of a number of neighborhoods in New York City whose names are syllabic abbreviations, including SoHo (South of Houston Street), Nolita (North of Little Italy), NoMad (North Madison Square) and BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
The Ciabatta was created in 1982 by a baker in Verona, Veneto, Italy, in response to the popularity of French baguettes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia…
The term 'Slapstick' arises from a device developed for use in a physical comedy style in 16th-century Italy. The "slap stick" consists of two thin slats of wood, which make a "slap" when striking another actor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Charles "the Bald", king of West Francia and Italy, was actually very hairy. Many historians think it was an ironic nickname. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
When Tony Soprano says "Gabagool" he's really meaning "Capicola" but because of the Italian dialect from southern Italy mixing with Jersey/New York it turned into "Gabagool". esquire.com/food-drink/a2…
When Benito Mussolini lost control of Italy, he was actually overthrown by his own fascist government. bbc.co.uk/history/histori…
Some people are phobic of certain numbers. In some Asian countries, it is common to omit floors that include the 4 as it is similar to death in Mandarin. While in Italy, 17 may refer "I am dead." In some western cultures, 13 is considered an unlucky number. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Fireworks were invented in China sometime between 200 BC and 900 AD. It is believed Marco Polo brought fireworks from China to Europe in 1295, and the global popularity exploded after that. In 1830, colors were added in Italy by adding different metallic powders. cottagelife.com/entertain…
6 geologists were convicted of manslaughter in Italy, 2009, for failing to predict an earthquake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
There are 3 countries in the world that are completely surrounded on all borders by one other country, known as enclaves. Two of them are located in Italy (Vatican City, San Marino), and the other one (Lesotho) is inside South Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
The Bank of America used to be called the Bank of Italy pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamer…
Shortly after the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" Darth Vader's name was changed to Lord Fener in Italy. This is because the word "vader' in Italian sounds like "toilet". myneatstuff.ca/store/hof-…
The official titles of the Pope are: Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The deepest swimming pool in the world is the "Y-40 Deep Joy" in Italy. A staggering 130ft (40m) at it's deepest point, equivalent to the height of a 14 storey building, holding 4300 cubic meters of water! There's even a glass tunnel for spectators running a couple of meters below the surface. independent.co.uk/travel/…
To this day, Pasta's ethnic roots are still being debated. Many Experts claim that it was a dish that was enjoyed in pre-Roman Italy, while many claim that Marco Polo brought Pasta from China. Before 1270, the Muslim geographer al-Idrisi wrote of seeing pasta produced on Sicily. nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini was forced to hide during the Nazi occupation of Italy. She later identified nerve growth factor as a protein, winning the Nobel in Medicine. She lived to over 100 and claimed "At 100, I have a mind that is superior, thanks to experience, than when I was 20" jwa.org/thisweek/oct/13/1…
There are three countries in the world completely surrounded on all sides by another country. These are Lesotho, San Marino, and Vatican City. The latter two are both completely contained within the same country, Italy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
Today i learned theres a micro country in italy with 33 000 citizens britannica.com/place/San-…
Vernon J Baker was awarded the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in action near Viareggio, Italy, The federal government later acknowledged racism was the reason he wasn't awarded the medal until 50 years later. wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernon…
Parmesan cheese is the third most shoplifted item in Italy italymagazine.com/italy/c…
Today I learned of Matilda of Tuscany, a medieval noblewoman who dominated a big chunk of Northern Italy and was noted for her Military accomplishments. She's also known as la Gran Contessa ("the Great Countess") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Christopher Lee was once driving through Italy with his wife when their car had a puncture. He went for help, but fell into a ditch and got covered in mud. He reached a house and knocked on the door. The owner opened it, shrieked and fainted. They’d seen a Dracula film the night before. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Bono paid $1,500 to have a hat transported from London to him in Italy by taxi and in the cockpit of a British Airways flight. contactmusic.com/bono/new…
In late 1970s Italy coins have become scarce so shops used candy, bus tickets, and telephone tokens as change until banks started issuing a kind of non-money replacement en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min…
A man named Mauro Morandi has been living in isolation on Italy’s Budelli island for 31 years nationalgeographic.com/tr…
Isoroku Yamamoto, Admiral of the Japanese navy in WWII, who had first been assigned to sea, (following his opposition to the Tripartite pact with Germany and Italy), for fear that if he stayed on land he would be assassinated within a year en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iso…
The Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy collects about $4000 worth of coins every day. Most of the money goes towards charities like a supermarket for the needy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
A fascist Italy in 1935 ended slavery in Ethiopia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
One of the things the Mafia can trace it's origins to is the citrus trade in the mid 1800's. The extortion, intimidation, and protection rackets that characterize Mafia activity were first practiced and perfected in the citrus gardens of Palermo, Italy. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Stuffed pizza came along in Chicago 1974 when Nancy's and Giordano's both opened their doors. They claim that their recipes came from old family recipes from Italy of scarciedda or Easter pies. thespruceeats.com/chicago…
During the Argentina-Brazil match during the Italy 1990 World Cup, a Brazilian player was drugged with contaminated water by the Argentinean team. v-brazil.com/world-cup/hi…
Today I learned of Colobraro, a town in southern Italy that people in neighboring towns believe is cursed and is never referred to by name italiantribune.com/the-cu…
Today I learned about the Via Francigena, a 1300-year-old Camino-style pilgrimage route from Canterbury through France and Italy to Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Via…
It has been 42 years since an Italian born Catholic Pope has been in office. The last time it was longer was during the 1400's when "The Western Schism" had competing Popes living in France and Italy. theguardian.com/news/data…
Vatican City's independence from Italy was actually granted by fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, in 1929 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lat…
Italic type was named that because it was designed in Italy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Today I learned of the War of the Oaken Bucket. This war, fought between the rival city states of Modena and Bologna in modern Italy was inaccurately said to have begun due to the theft of a communal oaken bucket. However, as a spoil of war the victorious Modenese did indeed take a bucket as a trophy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Florence,Italy have had a championship in June for the past 400 years that is a combination of rugby & mixed martial arts,using a ball like a basketball. youtu.be/8_tn5Ji0nac
Some wild boar in Italy discovered and snorted up Β£17,000 worth of Cocaine in a forest. Drug dealers discovered the ruined haul. Police heard them complaining about in a telephone conversation. news.sky.com/story/wild-b…
In Italy, blasphemous profanity is considered especially taboo, with some considering blaspheming vulgar whilst finding casual swears relatively acceptable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
From time syphilis first emerged, in the 1500s, countries blamed neighboring and sometimes enemy countries for the outbreak; Italy, Germany & the UK called it β€˜the French disease’, the French named it β€˜the Neapolitan disease’, and there are numerous other instance (Listed here, paragraph 3) ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Seinfeld has had difficulty reaching global audiences. While it’s popular in Latin America, it hasn’t been widely accepted in Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. Its humor, it seems, is just too complicated, too cultural and word-based, to make for easy translation. theverge.com/2015/6/24/88…
Italy shows a historical pattern of high death rates with influenza outbreaks ijidonline.com/action/sho…
The Marmore Falls in Italy, destination of many intellectuals during the Grand Tour, is actually an artificial waterfall made by the ancient Romans. umbriatourism.it/en_US/-/…
In Renaissance Italy courtesans were known as cortigiana or "courtier". These women were well-educated more so than women of nobility & simultaneously artists, dancers & singers. These women were often treated as equals to women of nobility. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
The U.S. has given nuclear weapons to Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Italy but since all U.S. nukes have special protections, they are not easily armed without first getting authorization codes from the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
There is a family in italy named Marsili which can not feel pain due to a genetic mutation. Family members can suffer burns and broken bones while feeling virtually no pain and they do not need any sort of anesthesia during surgery independent.co.uk/news/sc…
Italy has an infamous "monster park" called the Gardens of Bomarzo filled with disturbing statues carved by a Renaissance-era mad genius. vocal.media/wander/the-ga…
Italian police officers posed as "pizza delivery boys" in order to arrest mafia boss Roberto Manganiello of Naples’ notorious Camorra mafia, listed as β€œone of Italy’s 100 most dangerous criminals” as he watched football in his apartment. He offered no resistance to the fake "delivery boys." theguardian.com/world/201…
The Black Plague was introduced to Europe via traders from Genoa, Italy to Kaffa, Crimea in 1347. During a siege of Kaffa by the Mongol Empire, the army catapulted infected bodies over the city walls of Kaffa to infect the population. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The national meteorological service of Italy is one of the last national meteorological service which is still within the armed forces en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
The Credito Emiliano bank in Northern Italy has been accepting Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as security for a bank loan since 1953. foxnews.com/food-drink/it…
There are still Greek speaking remnants from ancient times in Southern Italy youtube.com/watch?v=a0nTk…
Ancient Rome had a urine tax paid by its buyers. Urine was used for tanning, wool production, and to clean and whiten woolen togas. Instituted by Nero, removed after a while, and re-enacted by Vespasian. His name still attaches to public urinals in France (vespasienne) and Italy (vespasiano). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
Italy has a larger GDP than Russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Despite its Famous Cafe Culture, Italy does Not Have a Single Coffee Farm greenfarmcoffee.co.uk/wha…
Syphilis was known as the "French disease" in Europe as is rumored to have been conceived in the 15th century after the French army was celebrating a victory in Naples, Italy theguardian.com/books/201…
The original parmesan cheese is produced in Italy which the name of the cheese is originated as Parmigiano-Reggiano. And that there are differences between Parmigiano-Reggiano and parmesan cheese. thespruceeats.com/parmesa…
In 2002 a bakery (focacceria) in Altamura, Italy, defeated McDonald's with the local product of the city: "focaccia" a sort of bread that is stuffed with diffrent kind of products. McDonald's tried in every way to attract the attention of the citizens, but was forced to close after 2 years. nytimes.com/2006/01/12/wo…
No remaining european monarchy has a royal family from their own country: UK and Belgium (same) , Norway and Denmark (also the same) from Germany; Spain, Luxemburg, Netherlands and Sweden ffrom France; Liechtenstein from Austria ;Monaco from Italy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 2008 a man at a ski resort in Italy stole a rubber padding used on a barrier to stop people at the bottom of a sledding hill. He used the padding to sled down the hill, hitt ing the barrier that he stole the from and died. telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
In 2015 there was a study in the EU that figures out which nation washes their hand the most and least after using the bathroom. Italy (57%), the Dutch (50%), and Spain (61%) washes the least. Meanwhile Bosnia and Herzegovina were the only countries with over a 90% rate. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
The Italy is one of the few countries to reserve seats in parliament to represent Italians living abroad. This means there are 18 Italian-Brazilians, Italian-Americans, and others serving as senators or deputies in Rome. interno.gov.it/it/temi/el…
The earliest known sources of uranium were in Naples, Italy & JΓ‘chymov, Czech Republic. Uranium is 40 times more abundant in the Earth's crust than silver. 1 KG of uranium-235 can produce as much energy as 1.5 million KG of coal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ura…
The tomato, once nicknamed "poison apple," was feared in Europe for More Than 200 Years until pizzas were invented in Naples, Italy around 1880 and tomato sauce became a key ingredient. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The Church of Narazo in Northern Italy, loaded with thousands of pounds of gunpowder, exploded when struck by lightning in 1767. Over 3,000 were killed and 1/6th of the city destroyed. The lightning rod was invented in 1752, but churches often refused to install them. esdjournal.com/articles/f…
Cascata delle Marmore (Marmore falls), Italy, is the tallest man-made waterfall in the world at height 165m (541 feet), and it was created by ancient romans almost 2300 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
An affogato (Italian for "drowned") is an Italian coffee-based dessert. Restaurants and cafes in Italy categorize the affogato as a dessert, some restaurants and cafes outside Italy categorise it as a beverage en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aff…
While Australia and New Zealand commemorates ANZAC Day, each year on 25 April Italy commemorates the end of Nazi occupation during World War II and the victory of the Resistance in Italy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lib…
If Italy was an American state, it would be the 6th largest, after New Mexico. wanderingitaly.com/blog/a…
Pink Floyd played a concert with no audience at the ampitheatre in Pompeii, Italy 1971 being the first performance to occur there since the eruption of mount Vesuvius in 79AD at the time of the ancient romans loudersound.com/features/…
1,000 Italian rockers simultaneously played Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly to impress the band and convince them to come to Cesena, Italy to play a concert. Dave Grohl was impressed by this effort and performed a full concert in Cesena for these 1,000 people 3 months later. billboard.com/articles/co…
Tomatoes are not native to Italy. They were imported from North America. tomato-cages.com/tomato-h…

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