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. »6/23/15 8:30pm6/23/15 8:30pm

In 2014, Italian archaeologists discovered a 15th century skeleton of a young woman, dubbed “witch g

In 2014, Italian archaeologists discovered a 15th century skeleton of a young woman, dubbed “witch girl” because she was buried face down. But new analysis of her bones has shown she suffered from scurvy, an ailment whose frightening symptoms (seizures, bleeding) likely led to her becoming an outcast. »5/02/15 5:00pm5/02/15 5:00pm

The Best Restaurant in the World Is: Disney's Epcot Theme Park

For the past year, Rich Juzwiak and Caity Weaver have scoured New York in search of the city’s greatest restaurant. This spring, the authors expanded their quest into a global hunt: the search for the Best Restaurant in the World. Due to time and budget constraints, it was determined that the most efficient method to… »4/30/15 3:02pm4/30/15 3:02pm

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 3:06pm1/31/15 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 5:40pm3/03/14 5:40pm

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 7:25pm9/10/12 7:25pm

We dare you to make sense of this 1978 Italian variety show starring the David Bowie army

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 6:50pm5/21/12 6:50pm

Italian artist transforms Ronald McDonald into the decapitated head of Medusa

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 7:30pm8/21/11 7:30pm

In Dario Argento's psychosexual thriller The Stendhal Syndrome, art is a cruel prison

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 5:00pm7/16/11 5:00pm