Italian scientists are baffled boffins and are trying to figure out why time in Sicily is different from the rest of the country.
While many in the North feel that the South is backward, they are finding it hard to work out why digital clocks are actually running 15 minutes faster on the island.
RIA Novosti reports that in Palermo digital clocks and watches in Sicily are complicating the lives of their owners by running more than 15 minutes fast.
It means of course that the local hoods are robbing the banks 15 minutes too early or shooting the wrong person because they showed up too early to hit the right gangster.
Two locals have set up a Facebook page calling for those affected to come forward. Francesco Nicosia has complained that he realised something was wrong when he started getting to work earlier.
After some investigation he noticed that he wasn’t the only one who was on time, which is quite rare in Sicily. In fact many people do not have to show up for work at all as it is just a front to give them an alibi for their” family business”.
There have been several theories ranging from aliens and poltergeists. The most credible is that there is an electrical disturbance caused by underwater cables, although volcanic activity on Mount Etna and solar explosions have been mooted.
The problems have not hit anywhere else in the country, although I did sleep in for an extra 15 minutes this morning because I forgot to turn on the phone.