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5. The Italian scientists convicted of not predicting an earthquake. Italy was the birthplace of modern science, but that doesn't mean they don't remember their good old-fashioned Inquisition values. After an earthquake in the city of L'Aquila killed 309 people and destroyed medieval buildings, four seismologists were tried and convicted for not marking the city as high-risk. They did, in fact, mark it as an earthquake risk, but they said that since the only data they had was 200-300 years old, they couldn't say for sure how likely it was. The bastards! Today they spoke out as they prepared to appeal...to common sense, I hope.