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The Superstitious Murderer Who Turned Her Victims Into Cake And Soap

If you search Leonarda Cianciulli on the website for Rome’s Museo Criminologico, you’ll see that her nickname was “la Saponificatrice di Correggio.” What’s so sinister about a soap maker? Well, because she crafted it out of at least one of her murder victims ... and then gifted the bars to her friends. » 6/25/15 1:07am 6/25/15 1:07am

Italian Man's Quest to Fix Toilet Led to Amazing Archaeology Discoveries

Fifteen years ago, Luciano Faggiano of Lecce, Italy sent his sons out digging for a broken sewer line. They didn’t find the pipe, but they did find “a Messapian tomb, a Roman granary, a Franciscan chapel and even etchings from the Knights Templar,” writes Jim Yardley in a story for the New York Times. » 4/15/15 3:00pm 4/15/15 3:00pm

A fun story about how sunglasses are made

If you have a stylish friend he will tell you that sunglasses aren't just made to protect your eyes from the burning sun. He'll say that wearing sunglasses makes you look better, cooler. Dick Moby is an Amsterdam-based brand that makes really cool sunglasses and they also put together this cute video to show how they… » 3/31/15 12:23pm 3/31/15 12:23pm

Video: Inside the kitchen of the best pizza place in Rome

Lucky Peach shows us a behind the counter look at what is probably the best pizza place in Rome (and maybe Italy? the world?): Pizzarium. Consistently placed on top ten lists, it's famous for its pizza al taglio, which is pizza by the slice. Chef Gabriele Bonci gives us a rundown on how he makes pizza and it's pretty… » 3/19/15 10:53pm 3/19/15 10:53pm

This American Millionaire Is Using Drones To Rescue Migrants In Africa

Since 1993, 20,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea while fleeing war-torn Africa for the safety of European shores. Now, the world's first private maritime search and rescue operation is doing everything it can to help them. And they've already saved thousands of lives. » 3/05/15 6:02pm 3/05/15 6:02pm

Secret message found in WW2 bullet tells the story of some stupid Nazis

August, 13, 1944. The British 8th Army occupies Florence. The Allies finally break out of Normandy. Meanwhile, somewhere in the south of Tuscany, a soldier writes this encrypted message and hides it inside a bullet. In 2015, someone found it and deciphered it. It was the end of a hilariously absurd story. » 1/31/15 12:00am 1/31/15 12:00am

Manslaughter Conviction for Italian Earthquake Scientists Overturned

In 2012, the Italian courts handed down a decision that you could say sent shockwaves across the world. Seven Italian scientists were sentenced to six years in prison. Their crime? Failing to warn the public about earthquake risks right before a magnitude 6.3 quake killed 309 people. Today, six of those convictions… » 11/10/14 8:15pm 11/10/14 8:15pm

The deepest pool in the world is 131 feet deep

The deepest pool in the world is called Y40 and is located inside the Hotel Terme Millepini, in Italy. It contains 4300 cubic meters of thermal water at a temperature of between 89-93F (32-34C) and it's impressively deep, 131 feet deep (40 meters.) The pool is conceived for training apnea and scuba diving. » 9/16/14 7:31pm 9/16/14 7:31pm

Every Inch of This Building's Facade Will Grow Crops You Can Eat

We've gotten a peek at some of the other structures being built for the food-themed Milan Expo 2015, from a smog-gobbling facade for Italy to a veggie-growing restaurant for France. Now here's the American pavilion, which is inspired by three signature food-related structures for the U.S.: A barn, a boardwalk, and—of… » 8/01/14 1:24pm 8/01/14 1:24pm

These Photorealistic Stencils Make Banksy Look Like an Amateur

If you visit the elementary school in Terracina, Italy, you're going to be a little bit tripped it out. As of a month or two ago, several small children appear to be standing sideways on the building's façade. But obviously, children cannot defy gravity. They're actually the latest creation of a street artist named… » 7/04/14 4:00pm 7/04/14 4:00pm

No, Rome's Collapse Wasn't Caused By Lead Poisoning

Rome was the first city on the planet to have an extensive and efficient municipal water system, thanks to the empire's ambitious aqueduct system that's still found throughout Europe. But that infrastructure was also pumping ancient Romans with lead—up to 100 times the amount of lead found in local spring water. » 4/24/14 3:20pm 4/24/14 3:20pm

The Mob Is Secretly Dumping Nuclear Waste Across Italy and Africa

Organized crime is famously good at exploiting time-sensitive industries like construction, fishing, and—of course—garbage removal. But revelations about millions of tons of toxic waste buried haphazardly and illegally by the mob are causing an uproar in southern Italy, where cancer rates are nearly 50 percent higher… » 1/31/14 2:00pm 1/31/14 2:00pm

The First 3D Scan of the Tower of Pisa Will Help Preserve It Forever

A team of Australian researchers recently climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa with a 3D scanner and came back with the most detailed map of the building ever. At first you might think that the beautiful results were meant for a museum, but this detailed scan will help scientists protect it from ruin. » 9/18/13 1:29pm 9/18/13 1:29pm