Got most of these, including the above, but for some reason blanked on Turin and a couple other easy ones...
Nobody asked how old Rome or Italy were!
That being said I do not know the (official) reasoning behind the nickname. But to me I would have never thought about it having something to do with being the earliest city.
To get back to the football question I think it is fine to have one on here. But I would have asked the name of the most famous club. Even people who dont follow football hear those names now and then (same as with popstars, even if you dont follow it you hear of them), but what are the terms are for different competitions and subdivision or whatever, someone that doesnt follow it wouldnt know. Beyond the term fifa and worldcup. Those you hear often enough
It's a petty discussion, as could be a quarrel to decide which country owns the Mediterranean sea...
2 - i think the italian name should be accepted as right answer, in fact is the real name. like Vesuvio for the vulcano for example....
Myth 1: you can't have a bad meal in Italy. *So* wrong. If anything it's difficult to find a good one. So many 3rd-rate pasta and pizza shops everywhere. Makes me miss the high standards of Olive Garden and Chef Boyardee sometimes. Though Venchi gelato is nice.
Myth 2: pizza was invented in Naples. Myth 3: they still make the best pizza in the world there.
So today I am in Napoli and I've had so much bad pizza in Italy I decided to seek out the *best* pizzeria in the city in Italy most famous for its pizza. Found the #1 place as confirmed in a dozen different lists and the book Eat Pray Love. Went there for lunch.
What passes for pizza in this place is basically a blob of wet, droopy, drippy, mushy dough covered in oil. There is some small globs of cheese here and there but mostly bare crust. and one pathetic sprig of basil in the middle.
Conclusion 1: Neapolitan pizza is not the best in the world. I'd rather have Pizza Hut. And I hate Pizza Hut.
Conclusion 2: Italians in Naples may have made innovations to Greek pita (flatbread with toppings on it) and called it pizza, but the pizza that is world famous, loved and enjoyed by billions around the world, was not invented in Naples. As I've read before, *this* pizza, one with a circular crust thick enough to hold in one hand without its contents falling everywhere, cut into equal slices to be easily shared, covered with a thick layer of tomato sauce and mozzarella evenly distributed and other savory toppings like pepperoni and sausage and peppers and olives, not so greasy that one slice will give you intestinal cramps... *this* pizza was invented in Little Italy in New York City.
But maybe this trip to italy was the source of his pizza trauma, that initated all the other comments ;)
Copernicus has been considered due to his thesis and observations on the solar system not being geo centric but heliocentric.
Aristotle was considered the premier science guy during the renassonce of europe which included astronomy, the aristotlian view on astronomy was the one accepted as reality by the catholic church for most of the early modern period. He also tends to be the earliest name in astronomy in the west as well
Galileo largely followed copernicus and spent years trying to prove the copernican model, which part of what lead to the issues between him and the church
I’m italian and i Miss two
Weird/interesting/funny etc how pisa is the best guessed answer, even than the italian name for italy.