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Guy Volunteers for World's First Head Transplant

Valery Spiridonov is chosen to undergo radical surgery

(Newser) - Some call it insane. One describes a fate "worse than death." But for a 30-year-old Russian man whose muscles are wasting away, Dr. Sergio Canavero's plan to transplant a human head is highly appealing, reports Medical News Today . "I can hardly control my body now,"... More »

Another Mafia Gift: Toxic Waste, Cancer Clusters

Italy vows to crack down, but the damage is widespread

(Newser) - It seems that when the Italian mafia isn't killing 3-year-olds or threatening the pope , its henchmen are busy illegally burying toxic waste. A New York Times story today reports that the Camorra crime family has buried millions of tons of the stuff—from asbestos sheets to industrial-strength glue—since... More »

Missing Fashion Mogul's Family Begs for Help

Crews search for Missoni's plane; or was he kidnapped?

(Newser) - The family of a missing Italian fashion designer is begging for help after his plane vanished off the coast of Venezuela on Friday, ANSA reports. "Vittorio Missoni is missing," tweeted Missoni's son. "Please help me find my father!" With searches ongoing, the pilot of a... More »

Jersey Shore Guidettes Aren't Italian

Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley comes clean

(Newser) - Get ready for your world to be rocked, because everything you thought you knew is wrong: Jersey Shore guidettes Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi are not Italian. Farley told Fox 's The Strategy Room last night that she’s actually Spanish and Irish, while Snooki is... More »

Your Jersey Shore Glossary

The MTV reality show is awe-inspiring, as long as you understand vocab

(Newser) - “You are not prepared for Jersey Shore,” promises Leslie Gornstein of MTV’s controversial reality show—but perhaps her glossary will help. The show follows eight guidos and guidettes who descend upon the New Jersey town of Seaside Heights for the summer with a single goal: "to... More »

Italians Protest English Words

Society not 'OK' with native speakers using Anglo shortcuts

(Newser) - One cultural institution is not "OK" with Italians speaking Anglitaliano, the BBC reports. "Weekend" and "OK" topped a list of least-favorite foreign words among visitors to the Dante Alighieri Society website. It shows Italians want more respect for their language, the group says. More »

Arrivederci to AP Italian? Not So Fast, Educators Say

Groups mount effort to save funding-starved language test

(Newser) - Italian-American groups, outraged the Advanced Placement course in Italian language and culture could soon be shelved, have mobilized to save it. The College Board, which administers the AP program, plans to cut the $84 test and three others because of meager enrollment and funding. “We cannot have the Italian... More »

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