Of course, the funny thing about this ritual is one shirt that is never allowed so much as a single day of reprieve: la maglietta della salute - the A-shirt of good health - a fixture of Italian culture as strong and revered as the Pantheon itself. It's an undershirt that is used as a talisman to ward off colds, back aches, even the dreaded cervicale - the stiff neck curse.
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As for me, they always leave me with the idea that underneath that tidy, pressed-white shirt is a layer of Vicks Vapo-rub just sticking to it, better for you to inhale its healing ethers...But whether or not wearers truly get fewer colds and illnesses has yet to be tested by the National Center of Research.
Nevertheless, incredibly, even vampires seem to wear them to ward off something...perhaps garlic? Scroll down on that page for image of Twilight star with his undershirt sticking out...while above, all colored sections are live links.