How Italians differ.

I recently rediscovered this great filmette about the … well… you’ll see.

Funny and true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKC4XGGlnRI&feature=player_embedded

I’ll be in Rome soon, so I will fire up once again my donation button in case anyone would like to pitch in for a cup of coffee, cab fares, lunch, a new vestment, a Bugatti… you know… the usual stuff one gets.

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23 Responses to How Italians differ.

  1. The Drifter says:

    There is also a more focused video by the same author, also very funny and, to an extent, accurate.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpNguFRzMcA

  2. Vecchio di Londra says:

    Very amusing, and as one might say ‘wildly accurate’..:-).

  3. Hans says:

    Especially the one about the road signs! All roads lead to Rome indeed. (And Milan. And Naples. And Ravenna. …)

  4. marianna331 says:

    I too will be in Rome soon and wonder where to go for a beautiful traditional liturgy.

  5. JustaSinner says:

    And the Bugatti Veserohn is on sale for 1.75 million €!!!

  6. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    You look good in blue. Cars, that is, not vestments.

  7. Laughed the whole way through that video. It’s so true!

  8. Paulo says:

    The smoking part cracks me up. I once was on a business trip in Milan, and had arranged to meet a business owner in a restaurant; he seemed to be well known in the house, which had many prominent “no smoking” signs here and there. Lo and behold, at the end of the meal, just around the time when copious amounts of grappa are being graciously offered, our waiter comes with cigarettes… On a tray!

  9. OrthodoxChick says:

    I love the license plate! I might steal that for a future vanity plate.

  10. Art says:

    If you replace the Italian flag with the Chinese one, the video would be just as accurate.

  11. BLB Oregon says:

    This reminds me again of Father’s quote from then-Cardinal Ratzinger, concerning the blessing on the Church that God had put St. Peter’s chair in Rome instead of Berlin:

    “Imagine, were the Vatican in Germany, the efficiency with which we could be making our mistakes.”

  12. BLB Oregon says:

    This reminds me again of Father’s quote from then-Cardinal Ratzinger, concerning the blessing on the Church that God put St. Peter’s chair in Rome:

    “Imagine, were the Vatican in Germany, the efficiency with which we could be making our mistakes.”

  13. Magpie says:

    So the Italians are bad mannered. As are the Germans. Well, they’re ignorant. It seems to me that the most polite people in the world are probably the British and the Irish. I am Irish. These people are pretty good at queuing. I think the hot weather has something to do with the lack of manners in Italy, Spain, France etc… but there’s more to it than that.

  14. OrthodoxChick says:

    Well, since RI has such a high population of Italian-Americans, I was thinking this video might also help explain the Prout explosion. And before anybody jumps me for saying that, I’m 1/2 Italian. If you met some of my kin, you wouldn’t be so quick to judge!

  15. St. Corbinian's Bear says:

    That brings back fond memories of when we lived in Sicily. (Hopefully the internet has at least gotten the “adult movie” posters off walls next to the school bus stops.) The first word we learned was “domani.” The second thing we learned was it has no actual meaning.

  16. Magpie says:

    OC, what’s a ‘Prout explosion’?

  17. NYer says:

    That’s Italy! The only thing missing are tourist attractions, stores and restaurants during ferragosto, and trying to find one that is open. Enjoy your visit!

  18. OrthodoxChick says:

    Magpie,

    By “explosion”, I mean the blown-up, over-reaction of the parents and students to Fr. Hoffman presenting Church teaching to an audience with some people present who didn’t want to hear it. I’m not using the word explosion literally.

  19. Vecchio di Londra says:

    I like that amusing bon mot from Cardinal Ratzinger, and it has a great truth in it.

    As the Italians themselves say self-deprecatingly: ‘Tutto a posto – niente in ordine!’

  20. babochka69 says:

    They forgot motor scooters on the sidewalks.

  21. The Drifter says:

    Motor scooters? That’s nothing! The following, to answer why Italians tend to consider laws as mere suggestions.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLoTakkd5nU

  22. bookworm says:

    “Imagine, were the Vatican in Germany, the efficiency with which we could be making our mistakes.”

    As the old joke goes: in heaven the lovers/poets/artists are Italian and the Germans organize everything; in hell the lovers/poets/artists are German and the Italians organize everything.

  23. Random Friar says:

    As a historian, I often ask myself: How did the Italians conquer anything, never mind build one of the more impressively efficient empires?