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“Padlocks Of Love” Being Cut Off Roman Bridge

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First Amy Poehler and Will Arnett split up, and now this. It’s not a good week for love, you guys. Since 2006, smitten couples have been decorating Rome’s Ponte Milvio bridge with padlocks to signify their eternal devotion (the craze was sparked by a novel called I Want You), but now the weight of all those love locks is threatening the ancient bridge. As of Monday, police have begun taking bolt cutters to thousands of the romantic symbols, which makes a lot of practical sense but is still kind of tragic to watch. Apparently the padlock-obsessed lovers have taken to expressing their commitment at other nearby landmarks like the railings near the Trevi Fountain, which gives a whole new meaning to the term “lock it down.” [Telegraph]

Style Inspiration: Rome Right Now

Alright, we’ve covered the current looks of London and Paris, now it’s time to talk about Rome! This city is sexy, edgy, and colorful, and so is the fashion aesthetic. Women here love mixing masculine and feminine looks, trendy pieces with classics, and bright colors with more bright colors–then they jump on their Vespas and away they go. Here’s how to get the look…

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Girl Talk: (Not So) Independent Woman (Anymore)

Just a few years ago, I had a huge pair of balls. Big, old honkin’ balls. And then I moved in with my boyfriend.

He’s not a particularly “Grr! I’m a man! I’m going to take care of you!” kind of guy. But he does like taking care of me, so I try to let him do that, and it’s nice having him around to do the unpleasant stuff. He lugs the garbage downstairs twice a week. He carries the heaviest grocery bags. He’ll get up in the middle of the night if I think I hear an axe murderer padding around our kitchen. It’s sweet and I love it. But if I’m honest with myself, being taken care of by a guy for the first time is making me a little soft. And I know this because just a few weeks ago, when he was out at band practice, I was walking up the stairs in my high-heeled boots, and I thought to myself, “I hope I don’t fall trip and fall! That would be bad! He’s not around to help me if I get hurt!”

I wasn’t always like this, I swear! I used to actually be, you know, independent. Let me take you back to spring 2004 … Keep reading »

Love Padlocks Removed From Trevi Fountain Gate

Locks have long been a symbol of never-ending love. Earlier this month, Frisky reader Charlotte told us about the tradition of couples attaching locks to the Uzupis Bridge in Lithuania and throwing the key in the river below to show they’re stuck with one another forever, and that country isn’t the only one with such a tradition.

In Italy, lucchetti attached to bridges, gates, and barricades have become a bit of a problem. In 2004, after a film showed lovers hooking a padlock on the Milvian Bridge in Rome and throwing the key into the Tiber, the craze took off there and in Florence. It got so out of control that a lamp post almost fell off the Milvian because it was so weighted down with locks. A few years ago in Florence, the city had to remove about 5,500 padlocks from the Ponte Vecchio bridge railing and instituted a $65 fine for attaching new locks. Still, workers couldn’t remove the locks fast enough. Keep reading »

Italian Hookers Have New Habits

While every girl wants to stop traffic, Italian women are being accused of causing car accidents because they’re so damn sexy. Due to these ridiculous claims, the governments in Rome, Milan, and Florence have just passed laws decreeing that women dress and act more modestly. The legislation states that women must refrain from “adopting poses or behavior or wearing clothing that unequivocally manifest the intention to solicit or practice the activity of prostitution.” Say what?! That sounds like the pervs are blaming the wrong people — i.e. anyone but themselves. But the government maintains that they’re cracking down on clothing to curb streetwalkers. So what are working girls doing in these difficult times for advertising their goods? The world’s oldest profession is pulling one over on “the man” by taking up a new habit — literally. All the hookers have banded together and begun to wear nuns’ uniforms. Ha! Pia Covre, of the Committee for the Rights of Prostitutes, explained, “The idea of wearing gowns or habits down to the feet is to confront the decrees which limit even the freedom of what you can wear.” Ironically, now these whores are sticking it to the foolish Madonna complex. We like their sense of style!
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Good Times With Caligula

In ancient Rome, dinner parties often included “champagne rooms” with prostitutes of both sexes available for guests, but during the Roman emperor Caligula’s reign, the orgy experience was not carefree and fun. It was more like rape. As the emperor, Caligula could have people killed (or have their hands chopped off), so everyone did whatever he wanted. One of his favorite ways to entertain himself was to invite aristocratic couples to dine with him, then he would inspect the wife, lifting up her skirt to examine her legs, etc. Then, Caligula would take her to a private parlor to have his way with her, returning to the table to offer a blow-by-blow critique of her body and performance for the other guests. Thankfully, his reign only lasted four years. He was assassinated. [The Smart Set] Keep reading »

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