First the Italians took credit for discovering America hundreds of years after Vikings landed on Newfoundland. Now, it appears that the Viking landers discovered life on Mars in 1976, but were once again overlooked. The Genovese have already filed claims that they were it first. It would however explain why there were no valuables or life found on the planet decades after the Vikings land.
A new review of the 36-year-old data from the Vikings landers by mathematicians and scientists found evidence of Martian bacteria. Already, however, some scientists (presumably Italian scientists) are expressing doubts about the reliability of the new analytical approach.
As someone who is half Italian, my mother often took me to the Chicago Columbus parade. One year a reporter asked an Italian alderman why the city continued to celebrate Columbus Day when the Vikings found the New World first. The elderly alderman looked perplexed for a second and then proclaimed, “When Columbus discovered America, it stayed discovered!” On that theory, there is still hope for the Italian Space Agency.