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Mario Puzo - Who Inspired The Godfather?
In 1965, a Putnam editor happened to stop by the magazine offices where Mario Puzo was working and overheard him telling Mafia stories. The editor offered him a $5,000 advance for a book on the subject and The Godfather was born. Puzo later revealed the model for the character of Don Vito Corleone. It was this person's voice, Puzo declared, that he heard whenever the Godfather spoke: "My mother was a wonderful, handsome woman," Puzo explained, "but a fairly ruthless person." [On Christmas Eve, 1971, Puzo had a severe gall bladder attack. "I had to take a cab to the hospital, got out, and fell into the gutter," Puzo told Time magazine. "There I was, lying there, thinking, 'Here ...
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Maddalena Pass, Col
Teknival 1, Sarkozy 0
In August 2002, shortly after French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy instructed local councils to strictly enforce laws allowing authorities to close raves, prosecute organisers and seize musical equipment, 120 armed riot police broke up an open-air techno party in the Ardeche—evicting 700 people, confiscating all the sound equipment and arresting the two organisers. Sarkozy was pleased. Sarkozy was less pleased when, one week later, organisers of the annual three-day Teknival (which attracted 25,000 people) held the festival 2,000 metres up the Col de Larche mountain in Haute Provence: The sound system and several massive loudspeakers were located across an unfenced border—in Italy. EPP Summit October 2010 Credit: Credit: European People's Party (CC BY 2.0)
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Donald Trump & President Mozzarella
Speaking about America's relations with Italy in October 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump made a host of errors, which left the White House's Italian translator looking utterly bewildered. Among other gaffes, Trump called Italian head of state Sergio Mattarella "President Mozzarella" and claimed that America and Italy had been allies since Ancient Rome. The look of the White House Italian translator as Trump says President Mozzarella for the Italian President and says U.S. and Italy have been allies since Ancient Rome. pic.twitter.com/4c4kTl1wl3— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) October 17, 2019
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When Sophia Loren Shopped For A Bra In Rome
One day at the height of her fame, Sophia Loren made the mistake of going shopping for brassieres in Rome. An immense crowd of lusty locals quickly mobbed the shopping plaza and Loren was trapped in a dressing room. Three (yes, 3) fire brigades were required to break up the riot. In related news... when Loren flew into Washington, D.C. in 1957, paparazzi climbed up on poles, and onto one another's shoulders, to get shots of her cleavage.
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"In the year 1110 Bishop Fugger set out from his German diocese for Rome to attend the coronation of Emperor Henry V. He sent his majordomo ahead to sample the fare provided by the taverns along the proposed route and to write 'Est' (it is) over the doors of all those that served good wine. When the man reached the little hill town of Montefiascone in Lazio, just north of Rome, he was so enthusiastic about the local wine that he wrote, 'Est! Est! Est!' over the inn door. His master agreed with the recommendation; during the remainder of his life he drank the Montefiascone vintage and was buried in the town. Under the terms of the bishop's will, a ...
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Quirinal Palace, Rome
Marchese Vitelleschi - Viva Italia
"At a royal dinner at the Quirinal [Palace in Rome]," the actress Stella Vitelleschi once recalled, "my father, the Marchese Vitelleschi, dropped some spinach on his white shirt front and I tried to draw his attention to it by making signs. But, deeply immersed in conversation, instead of pausing to inspect the damage, he took his serviette and began to rub vigorously at his shirt front, leaving on it a stain two or three inches in diameter. "The Queen immediately noticed the injury and exclaimed, 'Vitelleschi! Look!' "On the refectory table at which we were seated were bowls of choice red roses. Like a flash my father took one of the roses and placed it in his buttonhole. He ...
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Socialist journalist Henri Rochefort is confronted with evidence
The socialist journalist Rochefort's tumultuous life was marked by a series of duels and prison sentences. On the occasion of one of his many arrests, he was confronted by authorities with evidence of his links to various international revolutionaries: "In one of your drawers," an interrogator noted, "were found two photographs of Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini with their autographs." "That is true," Rochefort replied, "for those two great patriots did send me their photos." "But that is not all," the man continued, "for there were also seized several pictures of Henri Rochefort." "But I am Henri Rochefort!" Rochefort exclaimed, understandably baffled. "I am not denying that," the interrogator replied, "but it is nonetheless significant that you should have so ...
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When Thieves Tried To Steal George Clooney's 1000-Pound Safe
In 2003, George Clooney bought a home on lovely Lake Como in Italy. Among the contents left by the previous owner was an empty thousand-pound safe marked "Explosives." One day, Clooney arrived home and was astonished to find that burglars had attempted to move the safe. Incredibly, his computer, stereo, and big-screen TV had not been touched. More incredible still, the criminals—little deterred by the famously inept Italian police—returned three times over the next few days, soaping the floor and moving the safe progressively closer to the door. Some time later, Clooney arrived home and was amused to find the safe in the driveway—attached to the broken rear bumper of the culprits' car. "We go inside and call the ...
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James From London Compliments A Sicilian Woman's Parking
James from London told the following story on The Graham Norton Show:My wife is Sicilian and the first time she took me back to Sicily to meet her parents, I thought it would be a good idea to try and learn some Italian. And my fallback option would be, like most English people, to try and add vowels to the end of English words if I didn't know what to say. And after a few days of basically saying nothing, we decided to take a trip to the local shops. And after driving around for ages trying to find a parking space, my now sister-in-law managed to squeeze into the smallest space... and I wanted to say 'Good parking,' but ...
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When Italy's Supreme Court Said It Was Fine To Pinch A Woman's Bum
In January 2001, Italy's High Court ruled that it was not a crime for a man to pinch or touch a woman's bottom provided that it was a "sudden and isolated action."  The controversial ruling was overturned in July 2003: "Fondling buttocks, unquestionably constitutes a sexual act because the perpetrator commits a substantive and concrete intrusion into the victim's sexual sphere," said the repentant court. "Such acts, albeit superficial, amount to assault."