Italian Village Outlaws Death

No going six feet under in Falciano del Massico

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2012 8:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Italian village of Falciano del Massico isn't just cheating death—it's banned it altogether. Since the beginning of March, the town's 3,700 residents simply haven't been allowed to expire. The AP calls it a "tongue-in-cheek decree," noting that the odd declaration stems from the fact that the village lacks a cemetery, is battling with a neighboring town that does have one, and currently has nowhere to lay its dead. On the upside, "the ordinance has brought happiness," explains the mayor. But laws, of course, are made to be broken: Two elderly citizens have, so far, disobeyed.

Falciano del Massico has no cemetery...
Falciano del Massico has no cemetery...   (?ostromentsky)
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