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 3:06pm 1/31/15 3:06pm

​You are not ready for The Visitor, Italy's most insane scifi movie

A young girl with telekinetic powers. A war between good and evil. The fight to give the girl a brother to mate with. And blond Jesus Christ. These are just a few of the elements that make Giulio Paradisi's 1979 movie The Visitor the "Mount Everest of insane '70s Italian movies," coming out this week on DVD! » 3/03/14 2:40pm 3/03/14 2:40pm

Behold a 1970s Italian comic depicting an orgy starring C-3PO and R2-D2

Artoo and Threepio were never saddled with smoldering romantic subplots, so it makes sense that they'd schedule their RAM jams off-screen. And indeed, the 1975-1979 Italian adult comic book Cappuccetto Rotto boasted this cover showing the droid duo in the midst of group amore. Lest we not forget, C-3PO is used to this… » 9/10/12 4:25pm 9/10/12 4:25pm

We dare you to make sense of this 1978 Italian variety show starring…

And now, a little song and dance number that falls somewhere between "Space Fever" and the Star Wars theme with French lyrics. This here is Cole Porter's "Night and Day" as sung by stalwart Italian TV songstress Raffaella Carrà. Watch as she travels to another planet, where she is flanked by a flamboyant militia of… » 5/21/12 3:50pm 5/21/12 3:50pm

In 2006, an Italian village was forced to build an artificial Sun

Between November 11 and February 2, the northern Italian village of Viganella is thrust into darkness. Because of this tiny town's location at the bottom of a valley, the tall Alpine mountains blot out the Sun for approximately 83 days. For centuries, villagers endured winters of unrelenting shade. » 3/02/12 8:05am 3/02/12 8:05am

Cloaked bubble UFO in Italy perplexes onlookers

On November 13, Antonio Urzi captured this stealthy bubblecraft buzzing over Cinisello Balsamo in Italy. Here's a six-minute take on the story. Remember, if you're trying to sell your UFO footage to the public at large, be sure to score it with the Pure Moods soundtrack. Gentle synths wash away all skepticism! Take… » 12/07/11 12:15pm 12/07/11 12:15pm

Italian artist transforms Ronald McDonald into the decapitated head of…

Oh, pop art. Lately we've seen Communist war memorials turned into superheroes and Batman and Superman channeling Michelangelo. Now Italian sculptor Giuseppe Veneziano (who previously put supes in compromising positions) has clownified Antonio Canova's 19th century sculpture Perseus and the Head of Medusa in Venice. » 8/21/11 4:30pm 8/21/11 4:30pm

In Dario Argento's psychosexual thriller The Stendhal Syndrome, art is…

In Italian director Dario Argento's 1996 horror-thriller The Stendhal Syndrome, his own daughter Asia Argento stars as Anna Manni, a detective investigating a series of brutal sex killings in Rome and Florence. So begins perhaps the most awkward take-your-daughter-to-work day in cinema history. » 7/16/11 2:00pm 7/16/11 2:00pm

Alien Criminals Can't Hold a Candle to Italy's Prime Minister

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Burlusconi, who has suffered so many corruption charges that he got the Italian parliament to whip up a special crime bill that will get him off the hook, is apparently an expert on court systems in other solar systems. He told news reporters, "I'm the universal record-holder for the… » 7/16/08 9:30am 7/16/08 9:30am