ROME (AP) â€” Since the start of the month it has been illegal to die in Falciano del Massico, a village of 3,700 people some 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Naples in southern Italy.
Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava issued the tongue-in-cheek decree because the village has no cemetery and it is feuding with a nearby town that has one â€” creating a logistical problem about what to do with the deceased.
The mayor told newspapers that villagers are content.
â€œThe ordinance has brought happiness,â€ he was quoted Tuesday as saying.
â€œUnfortunately, two elderly citizens disobeyed.â€