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The Local, a site covering Italian news in English, has a story about photograph Piero Pazzi, who has, for 11 years, produced an annual calendar depicting “hot priests”:
The Italian photographer behind a calendar of brooding priests told The Local his portraits are more about “informing people about the Vatican” and less about showcasing the most beautiful men within the Catholic Church.
It is officially called the Calendario Romano, or Roman Calendar. But on the streets of Rome, the annual line-up of strapping young men of the cloth is better known as the “hot priest calendar”.
Tourists can often be seen expressing dismay as they stumble across the calendar adorning gift stands close to the Vatican, before snatching a peek, handing over €10 to the vendor and scurrying off.
But the Venice-based photographer behind the calendar, Piero Pazzi, insists the portraits are purely intended to promote the Eternal City and…
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by Matthew Cobb
It’s Sunday all over the world and many of us are not at work. So here are some rib-ticklers to ease your way towards Monday. Today’s edition of The Observer (the world’s longest-running Sunday newspaper, now basically the Sunday edition of The Guardian) has a long feature in which scientists are invited to tell their jokes. Some of them are quite droll, and there’s a long comments section on the website in which readers have chipped in with their own.
The jokes are generally a mixture of the overly-complicated and downright awful puns, but which still might raise a smile. Among my favourites are:
• What does the ‘B’ in Benoit B Mandelbrot stand for? Benoit B Mandelbrot. (Adam Rutherford)
• Psychiatrist to patient: “Don’t worry. You’re not deluded. You only think you are.” (Uta Frith)
• Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender…
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