Italian confusion

July 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was in Munich (München, in German), on transfer from Italy to UK.

At the passports check, the officer asked me a question out of curiosity:

Officer: “How do you pronounce München in Italian?”

Me: “Monaco”

Officer: “and how do you pronounce Monaco then?” (meaning the Principality of Monaco)

Me, smiling: “The same: Monaco”

Officer (looking puzzled): “And how do you distinguish them then?”

Me: “Sometimes we specify ‘Monaco di Baviera’ and ‘Monaco Principato’, but most of the times we don’t and the listener gets confused”

Officer: “So do I!”




Odd news from around the world

Woman flaunts herelf in a VERY small pair of shorts to tests men’s reactions: “A woman set out to test people’s reactions to her ‘big booty’ – with somewhat disturbing results. The stunt, which was filmed by YouTube pranksters DengisV and JasonMoments on their Immature Life channel, sees Kaysheen Whiteley flaunting her derrière. Wearing a pair of skimpy shorts, she walks through a London park on a summer’s day – leaving many passersby speechless. The American pranksters filmed the video in Hyde Park last week, and the camera caught several sunseekers gawping at the 24-year-old, who is dressed in a tight white vest and eye-wateringly short grey sports shorts. One jealous woman gives her male companion a slap around the face as he appears unable to take his eyes off the scantily-clad passerby, blasting: ‘What the f***?’ One man alerts his friend to the sight with a frantic pat on the back -and in one particularly harrowing scene, a man sitting on a bench appears to pleasure himself while taking a picture on his phone. Another gawper is seen recording a detailed video, first following Kaysheen around and then watching her from afar – and even women can’t seem to resist taking a snap. In another hilarious moment, one man almost falls off his scooter after spotting Kaysheen”

Do Easter Island’s statues hold the secrets of the fountain of youth?: “Rapamycin is a bacterial by-product found in the soil at Easter Island. It’s been nearly 50 years since scientists first discovered the natural drug hiding within the soil at Easter Island, and now, it’s been hailed by some as the ‘fountain of youth.’ These ‘anti-aging’ capabilities have been demonstrated across a range of organisms, from fruit flies and mice, to dogs and even humans – but, researchers warn that for long-term use, these results might come at a price. It is already used in transplant patients to prevent organ rejection and scientists say it can improve learning and help treat cognitive decline. However, it comes with some serious side effects. For instance, the compound suppresses the immune system and makes patients vulnerable to any viruses and bacteria. The existing version of the drug also increases the risk of cancer and would need to be modified before using in human trials”

‘I write to you to ask a simple task of you’: “On top of their duties of delivering and sorting the mail, postmen can now add spider removal to their list of tasks. In an emotional plea, one arachnophobic has written to their postman, begging him to remove a spider on the mailbox that is holding their mail hostage. The picture of the letter even features a handy diagram of the spider to help the postman with its removal. The letter’s author attempts to butter-up the postie before addressing the task at hand. ‘Beholder of parcels, bringer of utility bills,’ it reads. ‘I write to you on this day to ask a simple task of you. Living on the right side of my mailbox is a spider, seemingly holding my mail hostage. ‘If you could remove him for me, either by relocation or brutal murder, I would be forever in your debt.’ While there have been no updates as to whether ‘Operation Spider Removal’ was a success, no doubt the postie’s years of experience avoiding disgruntled guard dogs came in handy.

‘World’s largest air purifier’ to be put in Chinese capital to tackle notorious air pollution: “Take a trip from Beijing’s International Airport into the centre of town and you’re more than likely to encounter familiar scenes of the capital’s smog problems. However in years to come, the Chinese capital may surprise visitors with its blue skies and clean air. Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch artist and innovator, has invented a giant seven-metre-tall (23 feet) air purifier that is set to be tested this coming September in the city with 21 million residents. By working with the 37-year-old inventor, the Chinese government is hoping that blue skies will once again come to Beijing, which is ten times the size of London and is regularly troubled by air pollution. The colossal device, named Smog Free Tower, is the largest air purifier in the world, claims Studio Roosegaarde. It can collect pollutants, process them and then condenses it into cubes measuring around four centimetres (1.6 inches)”

Motorist mistakenly drives their red hatchback down a flight of stairs into a building and gets stuck : “A bright red hatchback somehow became stuck halfway down a flight of stairs on a busy central business district street. About 4pm on Monday afternoon in Brisbane the vehicle became stuck on the landing of a set of stairs after it appeared the driver took a wrong turn. Images from the scene show the car appeared to have received minimal damage in the incident, but passers-by were confused about how it got to the strange location, Quest Community Newspapers reported. One person who had stopped to snap a picture of the vehicle suggested the driver had mistaken the pedestrian walkway above the steps for a driveway. Eventually, the car, which was stuck at 180 Turbot Street, was pulled free of the stairs.”

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.


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