Only in Italy is a daily news column that reports funny and weird news on Italy, the mafia, Italian culture and Italian travel.

Only in Italy is a daily news column that reports funny and weird news on Italy, the mafia, Italian culture and Italian travel.

Only In Italy is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news sources in Italy.
Only in Italy is a daily news column that reports funny and weird news on Italy, the mafia, Italian culture and Italian travel.Only in Italy is a daily news column that reports funny and weird news on Italy, the mafia, Italian culture and Italian travel.
 
Subscribe to the OnlyInItaly.com  Newsletter:
Subscribe
   Unsubscribe
 
Home
Today's News
To the archives!
Mail a Mafia Threat!
Letter Samples
Order Stuff!
Why subscribe?
News Samples
Subscriptions
Our News Sources
People Are Talking
FAQs
Italian Resources
Customer Service
Your Privacy
 
Subscribe to the "Only In Italy" feed! Subscribe!
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My Google
Add to My Netvibes
Digg It!
Follow the News Staff:
Facebook
 
"Only In Italy" Italian News & Humor
OnlyInItaly.com
 
 
Adriana's Italian Gourmet Cookies
CookiesFromItaly.com
 
 
Caterina Collezione: Handcrafted Italian Sterling Silver Tableware
SilverFromItaly.com
 
 
Angela's Italian Organic Oregano
OreganoFromItaly.com
March 2010
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
"Meet My Son, Silvio Berlusconi"

(03/29/10)

 

What's the secret ingredient for your favorite Italian dishes? Angela's Italian Organic Oregano! It's grown on the only certified organic oregano farm in Sicily, Italy. One order contains 7 bags of beautifully bunched organic oregano, still on their small branches, for a total of over 195 grams (over 7 ounces). Just 10.99 Euros! Give it a try for the upcoming Christmas Holidays! You'll smell and taste the difference!

"It is wonderful...the best I've ever used. Must be your excellent climate. It arrived safely and in perfect condition. My youngest son, who is 17, enjoyed the stamps. He has been collecting them since he was little. Thank you for a wonderful product." Mary O. (Plymouth, Minnesota)

Visit OreganoFromItaly.com and give it a try for your next Italian recipe!

"Cavolo, che stress oggi!" Truman Capote once said, "Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." We think visiting Naples is like eating fried baccala while running. "Only In Italy!"

You are smart, you are funny, you are charming and entertaining, you are...standing too close to some of your facts of life. Are you only finding out about some of what's roaming around the Vatican? Heheheh. Thank you for keeping helping to keep us connected -- in a few important ways. Allo V.

Grazie Allo! Sometimes, we stand a little too close for comfort...and that's when the indigestion hits! HA!   

Enjoy the issue, keep writing and Grazie!

Tanti Saluti,             
"Only In Italy" Staff      


Italians Drink and Lose Lots Of Water

Rome - March 22, 2010 - Italians consume the most water in Europe but up to 30% of the country's water supplies are lost before they even reach the public, various sources noted on Monday.

Releasing figures to mark World Water Day, the UN warned that eight million people around the globe die each year from a lack of water, while nearly half the world's population will not have adequate access to water by 2030. This contrasts sharply with industrialized countries, many of which enjoy an abundance of water.

Italy, which is the third largest consumer of water globally after the United States and Canada, has access to large national reserves of water but this is not distributed evenly.

Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia suffer from severe shortages every summer. As a result, up to 15% of the population remains below the minimal water threshold of 50 liters per person per day for four months each year, the UN noted. These shortages can largely be blamed on rundown, faulty water-delivery systems, said one of the country's top agricultural organizations, the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA).

CIA President Giuseppe Politi said the country's hydration system was "like a sieve", noting that the south was particularly hard hit.

"Infrastructure shortcomings mean that for every 383 liters of water supplied on average to each person, only 278 ever reaches its destination," he said.

"In Puglia, for example, 28% of water is lost during transit".

Politi called for an urgent modernization of Italy's water network, better research into irrigation techniques and the development and promotion of best practices to deal with shortages.

In a message marking World Water Day, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano also touched on problems with the country's water supplies but spotlighted the damage caused by landslides and land disturbances. He pointed the figure at illegal waste disposal by organized crime and a general failure to adhere to environmental regulations, which destabilize the land and thereby increase the likelihood of water contamination.

"Irresponsible behavior and repeated violations of rules designed to safeguard the land are causing irreparable damage that is impoverishing the environment and compromising the delicate balance of the ecosystem, with catastrophic effects," said the president.

He called for "much tougher action to tackle rule-breaking and environmental crimes".

We can never understand why a large part of the Italian population prefers bottled water spending about 3.2 billion Euros a year. Would you believe more than 300 different brands of mineral water are present in Italy? How silly! How stupid!

And they're bottled under their commercial names and with a proud and beautiful indication of the place in which they well up and are bottled. What for? Is it necessary? Our news staff has always considered calling their bluff by visiting one of these prestigious water bottling plants and asking for a guided tour.

"Hmmm...what's with all the machinery? We expected to find friars and nuns on their knees, filling bottles from running springs to the sounds of ecclesiastical music. "Minchia", what a disappointment!"

96% of water that comes out of our taps is perfectly potable. But those urban Italians up north don't care for potable water because itís very "hard" or full of calcium which would be quite beneficial for their thick racist craniums. Unfortunately, we Southern Italians are not so lucky with all the water we lose.

Sicilian farmers siphon off radiators instead of gas tanks and watermelons are a rare delicacy.

 

Drunk With Coma-Level Blood Alcohol Crashes Bike

Rimini - March 22, 2010 - A man who crashed his bicycle on the Adriatic Riviera Sunday night had a blood-alcohol level that usually puts people into life-threatening comas, police said.

The unidentified Romanian, 48, was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises after hitting a car.

Doctors found he had the second-highest blood-alcohol level ever recorded in Italy, 4.2 grams per liter.

The person who holds the record almost died of an alcohol-induced coma.

"He looked like he was drunk," a policeman said.

"I said, I swerved into the car to avoid the Riviera that crossed my path." "Non mi scazzare i coglioni!"

How do you get so crocked to the point that you could risk falling into a coma just by reading a booze ad?

"Doctors found he had the second-highest blood-alcohol level ever recorded in Italy..." This is expected when you start drinking half past yesterday. "Porca miseria", what can you do? Beat him every time he reaches for a bicycle pump? Leave him alone and let him get back home to his cereal and grappa.

FYI: Speaking of grappa, have any of our readers had the pleasure of trying it? Itís the only liquor that will make you feel sick to your stomach...while you're still in the bar. You suddenly get the urge to go home and pray for daylight to come as soon as possible.

"He looked like he was drunk." What astonishing "polizia" work. What gave it away? His liver looking like it could weigh 45 lbs or when he threw up on your shoes?

 

Italian Cookie Gifts Shipped Worldwide! Imagine the look on that special someone's face when they receive your homemade Italian cookie gifts, made to order, fresh and...straight from Italy! These gifts of great Sicilian taste are sure to please.

"I received my cookies and they are wonderful. I've been serving them to my friends and they think they're the best they've ever had. I served some to my 91 year old uncle who is Italian (as we all are) and he ate as many as he could and took the rest home. He said that at Christmas he doesn't want cigars, he just wants a box of your cookies. Ciao!" Mary Lou K. (Binghamton, New York)

Whatever your favorite Italian gourmet cookie is Adriana's bakery will satisfy. Only from CookiesFromItaly.com!

 

Ghanaian Immigrant Names Son Silvio Berlusconi

Rome - March 23, 2010 - A Ghanaian immigrant to Italy named his son Silvio Berlusconi, after the scandal and gaffe prone Italian prime minister whom he nevertheless regards as a "great political leader," a report said on Tuesday.

"I like the way Berlusconi talks, the way he moves. I like him as a person, even if I don't really follow politics," said Anthony Boahene, a 36-year-old metal worker who has been living in Italy since 2002, when Berlusconi was heading his second government.

His son, Silvio Berlusconi Boahene, was born in Accra in 2005 and was brought to the northern Italian city of Modena by his father a month ago, joining his two other siblings. He might become an Italian citizen in three years.

Asked his opinion about the Berlusconi government's toughening of immigration norms, Anthony Boahane told the daily Il Resto del Carlino: "It's fine, laws need to be observed and that's it. It's the same in any country.

"This child will become president. Of Ghana or of Italy, it doesn't matter. I want him to study politics, to prepare himself," said Boahene.

"My papa gave me the birth name. Si, he has a great sense of humor."
"Gee Papa, what do you think I should get you for Fatherís Day?..You hump!"

"Cavolo", wouldn't it be so entertaining to have a little black Silvio Berlusconi running around the country acting like his father's idol?

Little Silvio on himself: "I've got everything going for me. I'm young, handsome and suntanned."

Little Silvio on history: "You know Papa, Mussolini was never really a bad guy."

Little Silvio on social issues: "Papa, of course racism is an ever increasing problem in the world. But would I be racist to hate communists?"

Little Silvio on home chores: "I am the Jesus Christ of this house. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."

Little Silvio for class president: "I trust the intelligence of my classmates too much to think that there are so many pricks around who would vote against their own best interests."

 

Julian - Julius Caesar's cousin
 
 
Subscribe today to the best Italian news ezine in the history of the Roman Empire, pizza, and electricity.
Fill in the form to subscribe to the newsletter:
Your E-mail address:
Subscribe Unsubscribe
 
   Send this to a friend!
 
"Only In Italy" Archives
"Only In Italy" Archives
 
February 2015
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
 
January 2015
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
 
December 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      
 
November 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
            1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30            
 
October 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
 
September 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30        
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
July 2010
January 2010
December 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
May 2009
April 2009
December 2008
August 2008
May 2008
February 2008
December 2007
September 2007
July 2007
May 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
April 2005
March 2005
January 2005
December 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
 
May not be copied, stored or redistributed without prior, written permission. "Only In Italy" is a registered trademark of FromItaly di Ciccarello.