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Tuesday
Apr292014

Italian American Actors And Then Some

To be included in this list, the person must have a Wikipedia article showing they are Italian American actors or must have references showing they are Italian American actors and are notable. As discussed in the 2005 book Hollywood Italians by Peter E. Bondanella, as well as numerous other sources, Italian-American actors have made a significant impact. The Guild of Italian American Actors was founded in 1937.[6]

The list is organized chronologically, listing Italian American actors by birth date periods.

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Sunday
Sep292013

JEALOUSY, OTHELLO’S SYNDROME

“Jealousy is a complex feeling shared by men and women of every culture and society. What differs from one setting to another and among different historical periods, are the norms and limits according to which such feelings are considered acceptable or not. Although some authors disagree and consider it a “blended” or secondary feeling, most agree that it is very close to, if not itself, a primary emotion, such as anxiety and fear, designed to promote the survival of the (more)

Sunday
Sep222013

GOODBYE SUMMER

The autumn equinox that will end summer and start fall is here. If you are living in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later, nightfall comes sooner, and you are probably thinking “Wait, I am not ready!” True, fall is beautiful with its cooler, clear days, with nature changing its colors to prepare for winter, birds migrating, apple picking, wine making, climbing, hiking, etc, etc., but you can’t help feeling that it is the end of the year growth-cycle, one last burst of nature before winter. (more)

Thursday
Sep192013

SEPTEMBER 20, 1870, ROME BECOMES ITALIAN

The Capture of Rome (Presa di Roma) was the final event of the Italian unification known as Risorgimento. In 1870, Rome was still part of the Papal States (Stato Pontificio), territories under the rule of the Catholic Church from 752 to 1870 that covered most of the regions of Emilia RomagnaMarcheUmbria and (more)

Monday
Sep092013

MENSTRUATION AND SUPERSTITION

When we hear about menstrual superstitions in parts of Asia and Africa, girls and women taught to feel that their bodies are tainted, unholy, and unhygienic once a month, we cringe. But until 60, 70 years ago Italians and Italian-Americans had similar weird anti-women prejudices. First of all, in a lot of families a woman was not allowed to enter the kitchen while having her period, could not can vegetables or fruit, (more)

Sunday
Sep082013

ST. CHRISTOPHER'S MEDAL

Gold or silver medallions with St. Christopher's name and image were commonly worn by Italian-Americans as pendants, especially during their voyage to the United States. St. Christopher is a widely popular saint usually depicted as a giant with a child on his shoulder and a staff in one hand. He is the patron saint of travelers; sailors; ferrymen; motorists and drivers; athletes; archers; bachelors; boatmen; (more)

Thursday
Sep052013

Voltage and batteries, Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was born to a noble family in Como, a town in northern Italy, on February 18, 1745. In 1774, he became a professor of physics at the Royal School. A year later, he improved and popularized the electrophorus, a device that produced static electricity. He discovered methane in November 1776 at Lake Maggiore, and by 1778 he managed to isolate the gas, and experiment with it. (more)

Thursday
Aug292013

TOPO GIGIO

Topo Gigio is a famous soft foam mouse with dreamy eyes and a naive personality that was the lead character of a children's puppet show on Italian and Spanish television in the early 1960s. The character's popularity spread to the world after being featured on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US. The puppet, created by artist Maria Perego, debuted on Italian television in 1959 (more)

Wednesday
Aug212013

CORNO, AKA CORNETTO, CORNICELLO...

To fight the Evil Eye curse or simply to bring luck into your life you need a Corno, aka CornettoCornicelloCuorniciello amulet. The horn-shaped charm – today made of goldsilverbone or red coral –  has been bringing luck to Italians since prehistoric times, when people hanged horns outside their huts. Horns were used in so many ways aside from (more)

Thursday
Aug152013

FERRAGOSTO

Ferragosto is an ancient holiday loved by Italians, celebrated on August 15. The term Ferragosto is derived from the Latin Feriae Augusti (Augustus' rest), which was a celebration introduced by the emperor Augustus in 18 BC., so this is Ferragosto 2031. The Ancient Romans had many festivities during August to celebrate the harvest and the end of (more)

Saturday
Aug102013

POURING WITH YOUR LEFT HAND

During dinner, you don't eat with your mouth opened, you don't speak when you are chewing food, you keep your hands on the table, and you don't lean toward the plate. Table manners we learned as children. Did you also know that you should never pour wine or water with your left hand? Big Italian no-no, superstitious people will think you are bringing them bad luck. You don't pass a drink, you don't pour a drink, and you never give a toast with your left hand. And if you turn your (more)

Thursday
Jul182013

GOOMAH AND BACOUS

Goomah comes from "comare", a godmother, a confirmation sponsor, a neighbour, an old female friend, or a busybody. In Italy. In the United States it has a whole different meaning, as we all know. Here a goomah is a girlfriend you are seeing on the side, a mistress. Do not make mistakes or you will get in trouble, and remember: a wife or fiance is never a goomah. (more)

Thursday
Jul182013

LIVE TO 100, ITALIAN CENTENARIANS

Tzia (aunt in Sardinian) Claudina Melis just celebrated her 100th birthday, cheered by her sisters Consolata, who is 105, and Mafalda, almost 80, the youngest. Together with their siblings Maria, 98; Antonino, 94; Concetta, 92; Adolfo, 90; Vitalio, 87; Fida Vitalia, 81, their combined age reaches a total of 825 years. That is why, in 2012, their family entered the Guinness World Records for having the oldest living siblings on earth. (more)

Tuesday
Jul162013

YOU ARE GIVING ME AGITA OR AGIDA

You are giving me agida! You must have heard it plenty of times when you were young. Agita, or agida in dialect, is a feeling of agitation in your stomach, a word brought to America by Italian immigrants. What you feel when somebody is aggravating (more)

Monday
Jul152013

HONOR KILLINGS

An honor killing is the homicide of a member of a family by other members, due to the belief of the perpetrators that the victim has brought dishonor upon the family or community. The UN estimate for the number of honor killings in the world is 5,000 per year, and most people associate it with Muslim culture, a generalization both dangerous and incorrect: in Italy, the legal system recognized honor as an 'extenuating circumstance' in murders until 1981. (more)

Saturday
Jun292013

THE MUNACIELLO AND THE BELLA ‘MBRIANA

The munaciello (in Neapolitan this means “little monk”) is the esoteric person best known, most feared and most often named by the Neapolitans: a bizarre spirit who always behaves in an unpredictable way and who is the source of infinite urban legends and popular sayings. His disrespectful behaviour is often accompanied by benevolent “bequests” of money; but nobody must be told what has happened, otherwise he (more)
Monday
Jun172013

WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOU - YOU ARE WORTHLESS

Pestafumo (smoke crusher), Mungigalline (chicken milker), Masticabrodo (broth chewer) there are many ways to call somebody who always acts busy but ends up doing nothing or very little. A “good for nothing” literally buono a niente, although that (more)

Sunday
Jun162013

LOST CITIZENS

The stories narrated in this documentary are those of the people of Sulcis, one of the poorest provinces of Italy, a former mining region converted into industrial pole without a coherent development policy, and now looking for sustainable alternatives. The main characters tell us about their present struggles (more)

Wednesday
Jun122013

ITALY, BEACHES AND BIKINIS

By Caroline Chirichella - I spent the summer of 2011 in Italy studying opera. Most of my time was spent on the beautiful island of Ischia, just off the coast of Naples. While I was packing for my trip, I of course packed a lot of bathing suits. All of them were bikinis, except for one. I packed a black one piece with a matching skirt, in case, as I told my mother, I had a fat day. I had heard that Italians were different when it came to swimwear, but I had no idea just how different they (more)

Friday
Jun072013

POKE ONE OF MY EYES OUT

"Cutting off the nose to spite the face" we say when we want to describe a needlessly self-destructive reaction, somebody who is acting out of pique, or who is pursuing revenge in a way that would damage him/her more than the object of his/her resentment. In Italy there are many ways to describe this particular action because it is, unfortunately, a common and dangerous problem, but one expression among all describes it perfectly: cecami un occhio, literally poke one (more)