Italian village situated on the slopes of a dormant volcano. When experts predicted in 1926 that it would erupt shortly before Christmas, loyal villagers elected to stay, staging an elaborate ceremony to mourn their impending deaths. The expected eruption did not happen and scientists amended the predicted date to Christmas 1927. Another grief-stricken ceremony ensued but the volcano remained dormant. Experts again moved their estimate back a year, establishing a pattern that has continued to the present day. Three generations of Pimentoa children have now grown up to the incessant sobbing of parents convinced that they will never live into adulthood.