Yellow is a color that brings joy, delight and positive thinking, and it is also a symbol of summer in Western culture. No matter what season you are currently living in, these pictures will definitely warm up your day.
It has been found that consumption of pasta will increase the level of a chemical called serotonin in the body. Serotonin is used by the brain to trigger positive feelings, so pasta makes you feel good!
During the European Renaissance, fashionable ladies used lemon juice as a way to redden their lips.
The great Greek philosopher, Plato etched his code of laws into Cypress wood because it was thought to outlast brass. Although having a somewhat fitting name as The Tuscan Cypress Tree, it is incorrect, as its real place of origin was almost certainly Persia or Syria.
In Italy bread should normally be served on a small plate to the left of your main plate, and broken off rather than cut with a knife. Bread is there to accompany your main dish instead of stuffing yourself with it before the meal arrives, so try to resist making a swirly mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar on your plate for dipping your bread in. Another Italian rule – don’t eat bread with pasta.
The Helianthus annuus possesses phenomenal prowess in photosynthesizing and heliotropism.
A large majority of homes in Italy use terracotta tiles for roofs. Etymologically Italian, terracotta means “baked earth” or “fired earth”. The reddish brown color is basically because of the oxidized iron within the terracotta clay.
Only about 5% of Italians own a tumble-dryer compared to 95% in the US. This not only gives them a big saving on the power bill but also extends the life of their fine Italian garments.
Having been brushed aside for many years, a national race returned to Italy this year, becoming the most prestigious event of the entire sporting season: pigeon racing. Italy – with its hot summer climate, long mountainous region infested with birds of prey and active volcanoes – is a particularly difficult territory. In this environment super breeds are required that can successfully combat fatigue and that are capable of overcoming the most varied challenges, such as the almost 1000km long route back home. Only the strongest and bravest will survive.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde
The Venice environment, because of its crowded city conditions, didn’t really allow for much seclusion or solitude; individual anonymity or privacy was difficult to come by. Thus, the “mask” became an outlet for many to depart from the mainstream life they were leading. The average citizen found that by wearing a mask they could act like a stranger, revealing their real persona, which they normally kept to themselves to avoid being judged by others.
Italian kayaker, Daniele Molmenti, born in Pordenone, Italy on the 1st August 1984 received the best birthday present a sportsman could dream of – a gold medal in the men’s kayak slalom at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Some beaches in Italy have adopted some very interesting laws – In Eraclea, near Venice, it’s illegal to build sandcastles on the beach. They “obstruct the passage”, apparently. In Lerici, on the Italian riviera, you must wear more than just swimwear on your way to and from the seaside. Once back at your lodgings, you must not hang your towels out of the windows to dry them. Castellammare di Stabia, south of Naples, has outlawed miniskirts, low-cut jeans and too much cleavage. Offenders could face a €300 fine.
When McDonald’s opened in 1986 in Rome, food purists outside the restaurant gave away free spaghetti to remind people of their culinary heritage.
Iced desserts such as sorbets first arrived in Italy with the Arabs. Landing on the Island of Sicily, they saw the ice on the summit of Mount Etna and inspiration struck. They collected it and ate it, flavored with juice from local fruits. They discovered that by keeping the ice in caves and cracks in the rock, they could store it, even throughout summer. 360,000 tons of gelato is consumed in Italy each year and the market is worth £3.2 billion annually.