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Friday, March 7, 2014

Siclians Send First Cannoli-Naut Into Space

Interesting and symbolic, if not potentially uplifting, effort by a collection of Sicilian scientists.

"Sicilian amateur scientists have launched a model cannolo, a cream-stuffed pastry roll symbolic of the Italian island, into the stratosphere, capturing bizarre images of the dessert flying far above the earth.

The 'Sicilian Space Program', which cost a rough total of 350 euros, had symbolic importance as well as being a scientific feat, the three natives of the island town of Enna behind it told Reuters.
"Sicily has always been a place of negative connotations, mafia and unemployment. We wanted to lift up Sicily in our own way," said filmmaker Fabio Leone, 34, who recorded the project with Antonella Barbera, 38.

Their heavily indebted island, long plagued by organized crime, was forced to impose a strict spending program by Rome in 2012 and has one of the highest unemployment rates in Italy."

Let me close by saying - Leave the parachute. Take the cannoli. 

Read article here.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eintracht Frankfurt And Alfa Romeo

Watching the Europa League highlights between Eintracht Frankfurt and Porto this past week, I was reminded that Alfa Romeo sponsors the German side having signed a commitment in the summer of 2013.

Unfortunately for Frankfurt (and Alfa Romeo), they did not progress into the round of 16 thanks to a spirited comeback from Porto.

Below is the Alfa Romeo Canguro prototype from 1964.