I read the other night that it was the ruling family of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies who funded the beginning of the excavations at Pompeii.
But what was with this Two Sicilies? All the maps I ever saw had one Sicily on it. The Sicily.
Last night I got curious. I have no 'puter at home, but I do have a set of the 1964 Encyclopaedia Britannica.
I looked under "Kingdom of the Two Sicilies" first. Nothing. Then "Two Sicilies." Nothing again. Then "Italy." Whoa. Too much information. Then it finally occurred to me look under "Sicily." There was a lot there, too, but not as bad as "Italy." It said "See also Naples, Kingdom of." That entry was where I finally specifically found that the Normans who took over Sicily (yes, it's true - they not only got England but part of Italy - who knew?) also gained some ground on the mainland around Naples, and managed to keep it by pledging allegiance to the pope.
Then today a professor came in looking for a book he called Tax Dodges for Academics. That didn't come up in the catalogue. So using a process mcuh like what I went through last night with the encyclopaedia, but using on-line databases, I found his book, and much more quickly than I found out about the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, too. It turned out to really be entitled Tax & Financial Guide for College Teachers and Other College Personnel.
The professor was stocked. After I found it for him he ran to the director's office. I think I got a compliment - or, rather, the director got a compliment on the helpfulness of his staff.