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First, let me point out that it would be best if an Italian answered. Not in ethnicity but nationality.

I just remembered this when answering the "random woman giving hug" scenario poll.

So, almost 10 years ago (Jan 2007), I was in port in Italy with a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Me and a few other guys decided to take the train from Naples to Rome, see the sights there for a day, then come back and spend the rest of our stay in Naples.

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

Now, I know the word means 'beautiful.' That's not so bad, and I was pretty good looking when I was younger and in great shape.

But, the weird thing about it is that this wasn't common in Italy either, or at least from what I saw on my three total trips. I mean, I've never seen any other Italian do it to male or female since that one extremely bizarre experience. None of the other women who were with her did anything so strange. Even the Italian girl I met and dated long distance never said anything so weird. (I actually met her in the train station in Rome, when getting off the train. Spanish and Italian are so similar they can usually be understood by either language speaker. Outgoing Spanish-speaking friend was doing anything he could to talk to whoever he could. She happened to speak English.)

So, anyway. My question really comes down to this: Was this just the equivalent of a cat-call, and I just happened to only catch one glimpse of it? If not, how balls crazy was this girl?

I only recently realized how this mysterious nutty happening still itched with my curiosity.
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She might have been counting on you not knowing the language and thus getting away with saying stuff she normally wouldn't say to someone.

During college I had a Japanese exchange student looking my way while saying to her Japanese exchange student girl friend "suki desu"

I didn't understand what she said back then but it wouldn't have mattered because there's no way she'd approach me even if she had the courage to, due to her being an exchange student.
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Sounds like me trolling with my Structural Geology teacher a while back. He was joke picking on me as usual when I corrected his German pronunciation of Fenster. So I said "Und du bist ein Drecksau." He had no idea I just called him a filthy pig.

To me it seems you looked like a tourist and they trolled you.
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Posted 10/25/16 , edited 10/25/16

Dark_Alma wrote:
To me it seems you looked like a tourist and they trolled you.


Maybe. I mean, possible.

But, that explanation doesn't seem very solid since I was in a group of four, was singled out for some reason, and she was in a group of at least three.... and the others in her group didn't do anything terribly unusual.
I mean, bellissimo is used for men, commonly. Bellissima is for women. It means beautiful.

So there's that. But, if they were trolling, it should have been pretty obvious we were Marines, or at least military, so they could have just as easily spewed American hate and I wouldn't have noticed.

The troll theory goes out the window, a bit, when what they said was nice. I'm leaning more towards balls crazy.

And I wasn't terrible looking back then.

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She totally wanted to bang... that's what that means, any true Italian could tell you...


But then again... I'm not Italian... I'm Spider-Man...
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She totally wanted to bang... that's what that means, any true Italian could tell you...


But then again... I'm not Italian... I'm Spider-Man...


EH.... weird way to go about it. I mean, I talked to quite a few women in Italy... none seemed so bonkers. *shrug*
Posted 10/26/16

HolyDrumstick wrote:

First, let me point out that it would be best if an Italian answered. Not in ethnicity but nationality.

I just remembered this when answering the "random woman giving hug" scenario poll.

So, almost 10 years ago (Jan 2007), I was in port in Italy with a Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Me and a few other guys decided to take the train from Naples to Rome, see the sights there for a day, then come back and spend the rest of our stay in Naples.

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

Now, I know the word means 'beautiful.' That's not so bad, and I was pretty good looking when I was younger and in great shape.

But, the weird thing about it is that this wasn't common in Italy either, or at least from what I saw on my three total trips. I mean, I've never seen any other Italian do it to male or female since that one extremely bizarre experience. None of the other women who were with her did anything so strange. Even the Italian girl I met and dated long distance never said anything so weird. (I actually met her in the train station in Rome, when getting off the train. Spanish and Italian are so similar they can usually be understood by either language speaker. Outgoing Spanish-speaking friend was doing anything he could to talk to whoever he could. She happened to speak English.)

So, anyway. My question really comes down to this: Was this just the equivalent of a cat-call, and I just happened to only catch one glimpse of it? If not, how balls crazy was this girl?

I only recently realized how this mysterious nutty happening still itched with my curiosity.


Kinda sounds like you're wishing you kissed 'er and married 'er...
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Kinda sounds like you're wishing you kissed 'er and married 'er...


Nah, I'm pretty sure random screaming girl doesn't fit in as marriage material. Plus, I'm happily married now.

But, it does make me wonder the nature of our conversation, had I been able to speak Italian. I can promise, it wouldn't have taken much to be better than the other girl I met there. HAHAHA
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

I think I've got it: There was a man behind you preparing to fire a ballista and she was actually yelling, "Balistico!" to try to warn you.

Clearly the knave must have been frightened off when she cried out in warning. You probably owe her your life.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

I think I've got it: There was a man behind you preparing to fire a ballista and she was actually yelling, "Balistico!" to try to warn you.

Clearly the knave must have been frightened off when she cried out in warning. You probably owe her your life.


lol
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Everything so far is supporting my "balls crazy" theory.
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iriomote wrote:


HolyDrumstick wrote:

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

I think I've got it: There was a man behind you preparing to fire a ballista and she was actually yelling, "Balistico!" to try to warn you.

Clearly the knave must have been frightened off when she cried out in warning. You probably owe her your life.


Mate he was a US Marine at the time, soldiers don't die they just get transferred to a new unit.
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iriomote wrote:


HolyDrumstick wrote:

Upon entering the train station, a group of females (probably late teens--early 20s), walked by and one looked at me, started smiling and loudly said (Not quite yelling) "Bellissimo! Bellissimo! Bellissimo!" over and over. More than three times, and probably less than ten. Honestly, I wasn't keeping count. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, and this was more terrifying than anything. It was almost like be recognized as a celebrity or something. That was the intensity of her reaction. Except I had no damn clue what she was saying.

I think I've got it: There was a man behind you preparing to fire a ballista and she was actually yelling, "Balistico!" to try to warn you.

Clearly the knave must have been frightened off when she cried out in warning. You probably owe her your life.


Mate he was a US Marine at the time, soldiers don't die they just get transferred to a new unit.


For Marines, that new unit is guarding the streets of Heaven, my friend.



It's at the very end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwS6OkgUXKE

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Posted 10/26/16 , edited 10/26/16

HolyDrumstick wrote:



For Marines, that new unit is guarding the streets of Heaven, my friend.



It's at the very end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwS6OkgUXKE



This is why ya look over the fine print before choosing a service branch. Still this deserves a a rate up.
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