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PHOTO: Silvio Berlusconi's Notes

On Tuesday, Italy's Parliament cast a vote on a measure to approve the 2010 state finances. But it was no ordinary vote: It laid bare the fact that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had lost a majority. That vote would eventually lead to Berlusconi offering his resignation on Wednesday.

In all the news, we missed this interesting picture:

Italian Premier Silvio Belrlusconi holds a pen on a note he wrote during Democratic party leader Pierluigi Bersani's speech on Tuesday. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Italian Premier Silvio Belrlusconi holds a pen on a note he wrote during Democratic party leader Pierluigi Bersani's speech on Tuesday.

Andrew Medichini/AP

It's of Berlusconi holding a note that reads: "308, -8 traitors; Government upturn; Vote; Take note; Resignation; Italian President; One solution; Let's move"

Berlusconi was eight shy of a majority.