From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Living in Italy 30 years ago for a season of club rugby, I was always stunned at the Italians' skill at traffic lights.
In Australia, of course, with 10 cars lined up, first number one goes, then number two goes, then number three, etc – whereas in Italy 30 cars move forward on green, simultaneously! (Unless, of course, you are the dickhead Australian in the tiny Fiat, just arrived, who doesn't get it.)
There is a careless genius about them on the roads, and it endures still, as witnessed by a story sent to me this week by a reader. He notes the outcry in Italy over compulsory wearing of seatbelts, and how many cars now won't start unless everyone is buckled up.
What is now racing off the shelves however, is a fake seat belt buckle, no belt, which placates the vehicle's alarm system. The company selling these gadgets notes on its website, "an alarm is useful because it reminds us to wear an accessory that most likely, in case of collision, will save lives. But if we care little about our lives and don't mind flying through the windshield, we can purchase a Null Seat Belt. Once inserted, the alarm will stop bothering us and allow us to die in peace'."
Uh . . . yeah, I guess so!