Rome braces for urban myth Earthquake

Hey, if you’re going to be superstitious, you may as well embrace all the crazy and stupid shit you hear, right? That includes an urban myth floating around Rome that an earthquake is supposed to destroy them today. This quake was apparently foretold decades ago by a famous scientist by the name of Raffaele Bendandi, although there is no evidence that he actually did so. So basically, a number of citizens have “called in sick” believing¬†today is their last day on Earth.

There are reports of an 18% increase in the number of city employees planning to stay away from work. “I’m going to tell the boss I’ve got a medical appointment and take the day off,” barman Fabio Mengarelli told Reuters. “If I have to die, I want to die with my wife and kids, and masses of people will do the same as me.”

All of this is pretty silly, since earthquakes can’t be predicted so far in advance. Turns out our mantle is a lot more unpredictable than we think. Just ask Japan. Point is, this is just another example of how gullible people are when they have such a poor understanding of science. I bet most of these people can name more patron saints than they can scientists. Is it any surprise that you would have a large radius of ignorance when the Vatican is next door?

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    This is just as stupid as the guy who thinks the rapture is going to happen on the 21st of this month.

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    …Don’t you think that if they actually believe it that they would just leave the city?! I mean…I’m sure we’re pretty safe here in the US…I’m sure China won’t be affected…hell…maybe they can just boat over to Greece for the week…if you genuinely believe this stupid tidbit…GTFO!

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    C Conti

    Incidentally, I was born in Rome and I lived there for the first 22 years of my life. That’s where I first become an atheist because, with the vatican so close, there are more atheists in Rome than you can shake a stick at.

    Even among the religious people, you can barely find a handful that would compare, in fundamentalism and orthodoxy, to your average Bible belt christian.

    However, by now the population of Rome must be running close to 5 or 6 million. That’s a lot of people. Considering that a lot of them these days are immigrants from some of the most depressed areas in the world you can bet that myths and superstitions spread even more than back when I lived there.

    I can also assure you there are plenty of people scoffing at this news, as well as a large number of people that, although they don’t believe the earthquake story for a minute, will use it as an excuse for a mid-week day off.

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    oops , it stoke in Spain.

    Bendandi was not too precise. He predicted his first one 2 days too early Jan 4 1924 according to BBC.

    (on the other hand, there are earthquakes everyday)

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    Dak Esberg

    Here in the US the average person has the intelligence of an 8th grader. Now think about that statement. That means nearly half of all Americans are DUMMER (yes, the spelling was intentional)than a Jr. High kid. Imagine how the rest of the world fairs. I think this explains a lot of what we see and hear.

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    Michael Beares

    @Dak where did you get your “in the US the average person has the intelligence of an 8th grader.” information, did you actually find it or did you just pull that level out of your ass.

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