Oh, people. Don’t ask me why I love living here.
Because, frankly, there is really only one answer: Roman culture is rich with sarcastic geniuses. GENIUSES, I tell you. Geniuses of the art of sarcasm, who are more than willing to put their masterly talents on public display.
Yes. Sarcasm is an art. Please, don’t be mistaken into thinking otherwise.
Having come from a family where I was constantly told, “Don’t be sarcastic!!” from the time I was pretty much able to talk, thus being continually shamed and shunned for my own innate grasp of this art—well, let’s just say that living in Rome is for me the equivalent of verbal transgression heaven, a place where I feel I’ve finally found my tribe, a place where I belong. Heaven!
Where else could you find a sign posted to your local corner clothing donation dumpster that says THIS?
For those of you not versed in Italian, allow me to translate:
!!! TAKE NOTE !!!
FRESH DOG SHIT
Given the vast willingness of residents to get involved in providing the merchandise, while supplies last, this product is available totally free to all of those who want to make use of it.
We kindly ask consumers not to be too greedy with this offer, by only taking the quantity that they are able to use. There’s enough to go around for everyone.
For pick up, all you have to do is walk around.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.