unFamous Italian Fact Numero Uno
From the view above, atop 900-year old Prendiparte Tower in Bologna (yep, the birthplace of Bolognese) you can see that Pisa does not have the only leaning tower in the country.
Bologna’s two leaning towers, Asinelli and Garisenda, are two of at least nine others. If you’re keen on things that lean, here’s Slow Italy’s top ten tipsy torri.
Famous Five Missing Italian Letters: Numero Twenty-Two to Twenty-Six
The five letters J, K, W, X and Y don’t exist in the official Italian alphabet meaning that they only have twenty-one letters. Imagine the poor little Italian bambinos whose flash cards don’t include Jaguars, Kangaroos, Wallabies, X-Ray Fish or Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
No, the Mafia didn’t kidnap the characters; they figured they wouldn’t need them (more like a Scottish thing to do if you ask me but whatev.) We set out to discover how the land of Da Vinci and Michelangelo lived so long with less letters and what changed their thinking.
- The reggae finally hit the fans when Wolfgang Puck brewed up Jamaican Me Crazy: the most fun you can lively up with one Austrian, artificial coconut flavouring and some coffee and vanilla beans,
- then along came J.Lo,
- followed (bless us all) by Tyrone Benjamin,
- Jelly Babies,
- Jasmine Green Organic Tea,
- Just Oatmeal (one of nine all natural, “good-for-you fast food” Modern Oats varieties)
When we chose Italy as one of our Brew Nations countries, we thought it would be more fun to Photoshop Rome’s Pantheon to read “COCO.BM” rather than, “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, consul for the third time, built this.” After all, C, O, B and M are all fully-qualified letters in both Italian and Bermudian alphabets (we have combs in common I guess.)
And even if his broadband was as sharp as his broadsword, he would have given you the most zombie-white-eyed look when you told him what he might buy one day buy on-line with his letter K:
- Kenya Extra Bold K-Cups or grapefruity Kenyan Highland whole beans
- All our Gevalia Kaffe K-Cups although they are all spelled rong (see missing ‘w’ below.)
Without a ‘k,’ he would have pronounced brea-fast like he was born right here on the rock but how would he have spelled kneesocks, kite, pink or dark ‘n’ stormy?
- chi (who): Rinaldo and Ezilda Torre
- cosa (what): handcrafted Italian syrup and soda recipes
- quando (when): 1925
- dove (where): from Lucca, Italy to San Francisco
- perché (why): so that all of us who aren’t lucky enough to be Italian can at least be lucky enough to know how sweet that alternative might have been.
Thankfully Admiral Sir George Somers and his crew got here and set up shop before Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci or John Cabot so at least we have tea, (including white-peony (Bai Mudan) infused decaf green tea from Celestial Seasonings in K-Cups,) black rum and Bermudian-sounding vurds for seven of our 123 rocks: Watford, Watling, Westcott, Whale, Whalers, White and White’s Islands. Whew!
It may not put the proverbial “hair on your chest” for everyone, but … did you notice all the scratches in the revv K-Cup lid graphic? There’s something wild in there and it wants you to let it out.
We should probably charge more for this stuff than we do! Drink it anytime of any day except:
- Friday afternoons (unless that’s when you typically try to wake up), or
- when you’re reading one of our coco.bm bedtime stories
That’s the whole nine yards for this week at Brew News in our #youcangettherefromhere from Italy…
Now to yell at those Yanks telling yarns to stop yacking and come in for some yams and yoga in the yard behind my yurt before I start yawning.