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Some Guy Hit Up a Town Called Bra to Steal All the Bras

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A man who probably has a pretty low level of emotional maturity but a pretty great sense of humor went to the Italian town of Bra to steal a bunch of bras. Yup.

The 28-year-old, from nearby Pocopaglia, carried out a series of balcony raids, making off with loads of undergarments, The Local reports. Police apparently found that he had “a house full” of them. That’s a pretty vague measurement, but even if his house is tiny, that still sounds like a whole lot of bras.

Though this is the first incident of bra thievery to occur in Bra itself, it’s not the first to occur in Italy. Last year, a 74-year-old man was arrested for stealing 17 bras — but those were from a supermarket, not from ladies’ balconies.

As for this latest bra heist, we can only assume that he’s actually planning a grand international stunt wherein he’ll crisscross the globe, visiting funny-named towns and stealing the nominal items. We have a feeling his next stop will be the town of Dildo.

(h/t Jezebel)

TIME World Cup

This Porn Star Won’t Have Sex Until Italy Returns From the World Cup

"Chiambretti Night" Italian TV Show - February 4, 2012
Rocco Siffredi appears on the Chiambretti Night Italian TV show in Milan on Feb. 4, 2012 Stefania D'Alessandro—Getty Images

Rocco Siffredi says sex really doesn’t compare with the collective orgasm that comes with winning on football's biggest stage

Animals are being trusted with prophecy, and one of Italy’s most popular porn stars is refraining from sex — all in the name of football. Welcome to World Cup 2014!

Italian adult-film star Rocco Siffredi has pledged to refrain from sexual intercourse to support his national team during its stint in Brazil, according to a video published on the porn star’s Facebook fan page.

“Guys, I’ve had thousands of orgasms, but there is one I will never forget. The one I had together with all of you. Do you remember when we won the World Cup in 2006?” said Siffredi in the video. “So for that collective orgasm [to happen again] I am prepared to go without my orgasms.”

Italy is currently competing in the tournament’s Group D and play England in their first match on Saturday evening, local time.

TIME Italy

In Country’s First Gay-Friendly Ad, Son Comes Out Over Pasta in Italy

This is believed to be the first gay friendly campaign in a country that is often entrenched in homophobia

Coming out over pasta might be fairly common in Italian homes, but for what is believed to be the first time, an ad will be portraying the family event across Italian televisions.

Findus, a frozen food company, produced what is believed to be the first gay-friendly ad in the European country.

In the commercial — in which no faces are shown — a man named Luca and his mother bond over microwaved pasta cooked by Luca’s boyfriend.

“Mom, there is another small surprise,” says Luca in the ad. Is it the risotto cooked in the microwave, wonders the mother. “Gianni isn’t just my roommate, he’s my boyfriend!” quips the son.

The ad comes nine months after the chairman of Italian pasta maker Barilla came under fire for saying that he would never use a gay family in his ads. The company eventually announced a “more inclusive” initiative to “establish a more active, global leadership on diversity,” including hiring a “chief diversity officer.”

Gay activists in Europe praised the video for showcasing the simplicity and the daily life of a gay couple. “It’s a positive step forward when different types of families are portrayed in ads, as they resonate with parts of society that are usually marginalized,” said Juris Lavrikovs, the communications manager of ILGA, Europe’s International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association.

 

TIME World

Memorial Day, Remembrance Sunday and Armed Forces Day: How 9 Other Countries Remember Their Fallen Troops

Fields Of Remembrance Poppies Ahead of Sunday's Service
Crosses with Remembrance Poppies, worn during Remembrance Day in Britain. Cate Gillon—Getty Images

As America observes Memorial Day, here’s how other countries around the world honor their fallen.

Americans remember the men and women of its armed forces who have died in service every year on Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May. Heralding the beginning of summer in the U.S., Memorial Day is an official national holiday that has its roots in the memorials for fallen soldiers in after the American Civil War, still the country’s deadliest conflict.

In other countries around the world, Memorial Day-style observances are rooted in an even deadlier fight — The First World War. World War I, which began a hundred years ago and became one of the deadliest conflicts in history, spawned national memorials throughout the British Commonwealth and elsewhere (in the U.S., the end of the war is commemorated with Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day). In still other countries, a memorial holiday remembers the war dead of more recent conflicts.

Here’s how countries around the world honor their fallen:

Britain

The United Kingdom observes Remembrance Sunday with ceremonies across the country on the Sunday nearest to November 11, the day Germany signed the armistice ending World War I hostilities. Today, the day memorializes fallen British soldiers in all conflicts since the Great War. On November 11 at 11 a.m.—the time of the signing of the armistice—the UK holds a two-minute silence. “Remembrance poppies” are worn and displayed as per a tradition inspired by the Canadian poet John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields:”

In Flanders’ fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

South Korea

South Koreans observe Memorial Day on June 6, the same month that the Korean War began, to honor servicemen and civilians who have died for their country. The nation holds a one-minute silence at 10 a.m.

France

Armistice Day in France is solemnly observed on Nov. 11 with ceremonies, special church services and poppy adornments. In recent years, the holiday has come to recognize all of the country’s war dead in addition to the 1.4 million people killed in the First World War.

New Zealand and Australia

Anzac Day on April 25 commemorates New Zealand and Australia’s servicemen and women who have died. The day, which stands for “Australian and New Zealand Army Corps,” falls on the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the first major military action by both forces in the First World War in a campaign that would fuel the building of a national consciousness in both countries.

Turkey

Turkey observes Martyrs’ Day on March 18, the anniversary of a major victory against the Allied Powers during the Gallipoli Campaign. The day is used today to commemorate Turks who have died for the country.

Nigeria

Nigeria formerly observed Armed Forces Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 as a member of the commonwealth. But it has since moved the date to Jan. 15, 1970 to commemorate the end of the country’s civil war.

Italy

Italy observes National Unity and Armed Forces Day on November 4, the date Austria-Hungary surrendered to the Italians in 1918. The day is accompanied by ceremonies commemorating members of the armed forces killed in action.

Canada

Remembrance Day in Canada, a national holiday on Nov. 11, commemorates Canada’s servicemen and women. At 11 a.m., the country holds a two minute silence in memory of those who perished.

TIME celebrity

The 9 Worst Wedding Gifts to Get Kim and Kanye

There's no doubt in anyone's mind that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be together forever

This weekend, the merger—ahem, marriage—between two of the most popular entertainment brands will be complete when Kim Kardashian weds Kanye West. It may feel like the couple’s journey to the altar has been a long time coming, but that’s just because we haven’t been able to stop talking about them, from Kim’s butt, to Kanye’s rage, to human compass point North West—also known as their baby.

With reported guests like Chrissy Teigen, Serena Williams and, of course, the entire Kardashian Klan (for all the details, check out TIME’s definitive guide to what you need to know about the wedding), it’s easy to imagine that the gift table will be overflowing. But a word to the wise: not all gifts are appreciated; Kim put Katie Couric on blast after she sent a baby gift but dissed the Kardashian fam to In Touch. So what should the esteemed guests get #theworldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, as Vogue anointed them on its April 2014 cover? We haven’t a clue. So instead here’s what not to get the couple that really does have everything.

1) An copy of the Ray J song, “I Hit It First.” Because, um, he did.

2) Fake Nike Air Yeezys. Kanye won’t hesitate to call you out.

3) Season tickets to the Boston Celtics, where Kim’s ex-husband Kris Humphries now plays.

4) A Taylor Swift CD. Enough said.

5) An iTunes pass to season 39 of Saturday Night Live, featuring Nasim Pedrad’s nasally impression of Kim on “Waking Up With Kimye.”

6) A Baby Einstein DVD for North.

7) A pair of Jessica Simpson-brand stilettos. Surely they would clash with anything from the Kardashian Kollection the sisters design for Sears.

8) A copy of Final Cut Pro. We all know Kanye prefers Windows Movie Maker.

9) A couch upholstered in the floral fabric Kim wore to the Met Gala two years ago, even though Mrs. Doubtfire would approve.

"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Kardashian attends the Costume Institute Gala for the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. Larry Busacca—Getty Images
TIME Italy

Watch: Italian Police Get a Lamborghini to Help Fight Crime

The Italian police are already known for their fashionable uniforms — but now they’ll be known for having their very own Lamborghini, complete with LED light bar, four sirens, and a police radio, too.

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann handed over the keys of a Huracán LP 610-4 Polizia on Thursday, which will see actual service by the end of the year, said Alessandro Pansa, head of the Italian police.

“This car will offer more security to those driving in our highways, and to those who need to be rescued in special circumstances,” Pensa said. “It’s a car that will make our country more safe.”

Among the Huracan’s features are a refrigerator to transport organs, a defibrillator in the trunk and a radar that can send speed and license plate information in real time. Of course, let’s not forget the 5.2-liter, V10 engine which helps the car hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds. The Lambo is expected to cost around $315,000.

The Huracán LP610-4 is the fifth car given to Italian police by Lamborghini, according to the Italian press agency.

 

TIME Italy

WATCH: Berlusconi Stunned into Silence Over Alleged Merkel Insult

If ever there was an interview that could use a record scratch, this is it

The normally voluble ex-prime minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, momentarily lost his composure Tuesday night when an interviewer threw him off balance with a question about an alleged insult he gave to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Italian ex-premier was famously reported to have been recorded in 2011 calling Merkel an “unf***able lardass.” In Tuesday night’s BBC interview, legendarily feisty interviewer Jeremy Paxman put it to him straight, after a string of relative softball questions about the euro crisis, the fraying of the EU and rising tensions with Russia.

Berlusconi had ready answers for most questions but was visibly stunned into silence as the translator relayed the obscene comments into his earpiece.

 

TIME Italy

Italian Navy Rescues Hundreds in All-Night Operation

Italian Navy Ship Grecale Carries 206 Migrant Survivors From Recent Shipwreck
Sant'Egidio Community volunteers hold flowers while waiting arrival of Italian Navy Ship Grecale arriving at the Port of Catania, carrying 206 migrants and 17 bodies of the victims of a shipwrecked boat between Sicily and the north of Africa on May 13, 2014 Tullio M. Puglia—Getty Images

Some 500 migrants traveled across the Mediterranean Sea in two fishing boats that were tied together

The Italian navy saved almost 500 migrants in a mission that lasted from Monday night to Tuesday morning and including more than 100 children.

After two tethered fishing boats that had been traveling across the Mediterranean Sea ran into distress off the coast of Sicily, the Associated Press reported that Italy’s navy took 74 women and 133 children on board their vessels, while 281 men were given life-preservers and instructed to hold tight until their Tuesday rescue. Most travelers came from Egypt, Syria, and Bangledesh, AP reports.

While the navy hasn’t disclosed how many of the children were with their families and how many were unaccompanied minors, Save the Children recently raised the alarm over what it alleges to be Italy’s failure to protect migrant children.

Since April 30, 3,848 minors and 2,744 unaccompanied minors have arrived in Italy, AP reported.

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TIME Italy

At Least 14 Dead as Boat Bearing Migrants Sinks South of Italy

Migrants are seen in a boat during a rescue operation by Italian navy ship San Marco off the coast to the south of the Italian island of Sicily
Migrants are seen in a boat after being rescued by an Italian navy ship on Feb. 5, 2014. Two boats carrying migrants capsized south of Italy in recent days Reuters

Two hundred migrants were rescued and at least 14 died in the second deadly shipwreck over two days in waters south of Italy, the Italian coast guard says. According to some media accounts, the boat was carrying up to 400 people when it sank between Libya and Italy

A boat carrying migrants headed for Italy sank off the coast of Libya on Monday, leaving at least 14 dead and many more missing.

Coast-guard and naval vessels have rescued about 200 people and found bodies in the water, news agency ANSA reports. According to some media accounts, the boat was carrying up to 400 people when it sank in the sea between Libya and Italy.

Military and merchant ships are still searching for more survivors and bodies in the waters surrounding the incident, the second deadly shipwreck in the area in two days. On Sunday, a migrant boat sank off the Libyan coast, claiming more than 40 lives.

More than 36,000 migrants have arrived at Italy’s southern coast during the first 4½ months of 2014, the New York Times reports.

Both Italy and Libya have called on European countries to help them cope with the increasing number of migrants from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa arriving in southern Italy with boats from Libya.

“Europe isn’t helping us,” Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday in Bologna, before calling on Europe to help accommodate the thousands of migrants arriving in Italy, ANSA reports.

On Saturday, Libya’s Interior Minister warned Europe that Libya will “flood Europe” with migrants if countries don’t help deal with the migrant crisis.

“I warn the world, especially the European Union, unless they assume their responsibility … we warn that Libya could facilitate the passage of this flood (of illegal migrants) and fast,” Salah Mazeq said, according to CNN.

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