25 Signs You Are Italian

25 Signs You Are Italian

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Whether your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents came from Italy, you can't escape the Italian ways. Here are 25 signs you know you are Italian:

1. Chances are your last name ends in a vowel

2. Even if you aren't fluent in Italian, you still know every curse word there is.

3. You use hand gestures a lot. Even when you are on the phone and the person you are talking to can't see you.


4. You have a bit of a short temper.

5. If you're mainly Italian, or 100% Italian like myself, then it is pretty much guaranteed that your family is loud. Like really loud.


6. No one can cook like your grandma.

7. And if you don't eat your grandma's food, she'll be offended.

8. If you're a true Italian, you know Olive Garden is not real Italian food.

9. Your family is huge. And you don't even know half of them.


10. Growing up, you ate pasta at least 3 or more times a week, and on Sundays.

11. You thought every meal had to be eaten with a piece of bread.

12. The wooden spoon isn't just for cooking.

13. Chances are you have at least one male relative named Tony, Sal, Joe or Frank.

14. There is no such thing as one course for dinner.

15. Your parents explained the difference between Northern, Southern Italians and Sicilians.

16. You hate the Jersey Shore for its poor representation of our culture. Italian does not equal Jersey Shore.

17. You also hate it when people pronounce Italian words wrongs. It is not RICK-OTTA or MOTZ-ARELLA.

18. Pizza is one of your favorite, if not your favorite food. And nothing is better than homemade pizza from your grandma.

19. If you don't have leftovers, you didn't make enough food.

20. Your whole family knows everyone's business. There are no secrets kept in the Italian family.

21. You thought Catholic was the only religion in the world.

22. You have at least one statue or framed pictured of a saint, and definitely at least one cross in your household.

23. You don't eat meat on Christmas Eve, or most Fridays for that matter.

24. You probably drank wine before you were even a teenager, and they called it "grape juice."

25. You make it known that Italians are the best.

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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Super Foods Your Body Will Thank You For This Summer

The Key Ingredients: Protein, Vitamins, And Hydration.
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Summer is finally here and now all the delicious, juicy fruits are in season as well.

Now that the heat is finally among us, we have to remember to feed our bodies with nutrients that will fill us with strong vitamins and keep us hydrated for the long days and nights filled with humidity.

The super fruit that is key for our bodies are avocados. According to Medical News Today, the avocado has over 20 vitamins including vitamin C,E,K, and B-6 and minerals for your body. One avocado provides your body with 64 healthy calories and has three grams of fiber. The super fruit also is healthy for many organs in your body including the heart and is great for keeping your vision strong. The fruit also is a preventive for cancer and supports bone health. If you need any more reason to eat this super fruit, it also improves digestion issues and detoxifies your body.

Summer is the time to keep your body replenished in the sun and what better way to do that with a variety of fruits. Fruits primarily grown in the summer time are great for multiple reasons and each one serves a specific function in the body. Tomatoes are great for keeping your heart healthy and strong and also prevents cancers. Strawberries and pineapple are great snacks to keep at the beach or any day trip to keep your skin hydrated and also provide your body with vitamin C to prevent sickness.

Another great snack to bring along in a baggie would be seeds or nuts. Specifically, sunflower seeds to help replenish vitamin E to the body, but also almonds to give your body some added protein to help you stay active through the hot days ahead.

Summer salads are almost a must for a healthy lunch and having kale or spinach instead of romaine lettuce could be a simple change to add much needed vitamins to your summer diet. The switch can supply your body with vitamin K, which has multiple benefits including clotting of the blood.

However, summer is not all about laying around at the beach when the nice weather hits, but also about becoming more fit when hiking trails and taking runs. Adding protein to your diet might not be a bad idea to keep your body fit. Like I mentioned earlier, almonds are a great snack to add protein, but also adding eggs to your diet can help add a little bit extra.

Lastly, with every meal water is your best friend. It can be easy to fall short of this habit and become dehydrated especially when staying active with the heat. Drinking plenty of water will help your organs in numerous ways, but will also help your brain and body stay hydrated and ready for whatever the summer may bring.

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