In these times of war and terrorism, you’d think everyone would be working overtime on fixing the big issues facing all of us. At least for the Italians, that appears to not be the case. I heard this on CNN Headline News, but couldn’t find it on their site, so here’s an exerpt from a Reuters article on a South African site:
Put international diplomacy and high politics aside. The real question Italians want answered is whether their prime minister is afraid of spiders.
He may be a self-confident billionaire capable of putting a brave face on any situation, but if a new law is anything to go by, Silvio Berlusconi is terrified of arachnids.
The Senate on Monday rushed through a decree banning scorpions, tarantulas and various other venomous eight-legged creatures from being brought onto Italian soil.
The law might not have attracted much attention had it not been expressly drawn up by Berlusconi and rammed through parliament in lightning speed, at a time when the prime minister was already swamped by an international diplomatic row.