Italians Fear The Big One

And we ain’t talking Gina Lollobrigida

Italians evacuate Rome over ‘big one’ fears
Italians are fleeing Rome todayover fears a giant earthquake is coming following a seismologist’s 1915 prediction that “the big one” will strike on May 11, 2011.

Businesses have reported requests from one in five people to have time off work and many are also keeping children away from school and heading to the beach or country for the day.

Romans are taking it so seriously that local newspapers have even been publishing survival guides with tips of what to do – if – the ground starts to tremble.

The panic has been fanned by Facebook, Twitter and text messages around a prediction by Raffaele Bendani, a seismologist who forecast in 1915 that a “big one” would hit Rome on Wednesday.

For those Dear Readers from Italy who may be unsure, please note the following illustration is not an earthquake:

21 Responses to “Italians Fear The Big One”

  1. JeffS says:

    Rule 5!

    Huh? What? An earthquake? Where?!!!?!?!?

  2. major dad says:

    Did the Earth just move???

  3. Rob says:

    Oh, man, I had such a crush on Gina. She looked like that well into her fifties.

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    She was totally Babealicious.

  5. Yojimbo says:

    I feel the earth move, under my feet
    I feel the earth move, under my feet

    And a smaller waist than Ida Lupino sported in High Sierra.

  6. major dad says:

    Okay Bing, if you are going to put a picture of a Lambo up you need a Ferrari, Sophia Loren.

  7. Mr. Bingley says:

    Not when I prefer the Lambo.

  8. Rob says:

    I’m with you, Mr B. Side by side, Gina mops the floor with Sophia.

  9. Mr. Bingley says:

    You are clearly a man of refined taste, Rob.

  10. Rob says:

    Always loved brunettes best so, naturally, I married a redhead.

  11. major dad says:

    Either of you two ever watch “Houseboat” with Loren and Cary Grant, just might change your mind.

  12. Rob says:

    I have Houseboat on DVD, major. It’s one of the wife’s all-time faves, probably because she likes the male eye candy, though. 🙂

  13. major dad says:

    There’s a male in it?

  14. Rob says:

    Cary Grant doesn’t affect me that way, major, but I can think of a few women who had him on their to do list. I think I might even be married to one. 🙂

  15. major dad says:

    Oh that male! I never really notice him in the film 😉

  16. mojo says:

    Watch a French film called “The Law” sometime.

  17. Rob says:

    God was wide left. Hit Spain instead.

  18. Mr. Bingley says:

    I just saw that.

    But Spain was a Roman colony at one point, so that has to get partial credit.

  19. Dan Collins says:

    Om nom nom, al fresco.

  20. WunderKraut says:

    I guess God has a high Bias Factor

  21. Larry says:

    I read a book written by a Frenchman called “The Law” once, but I’ll bet it wasn’t the same thing.

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