Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Christian Emperor of Constantinople and the Byzantine empire. In 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, he was last seen fighting at the city walls, but the actual circumstances of his death have remained surrounded in myth.
In Turkey, there is still a saying “küfelik olmak”, it means “needing to be carried home in a basket” and it means you are too drunk. These people were called küfeci. To be so drunk you couldn’t walk was called küfe. Apparently, is was a well known thing in Turkey.
Turkey granted women full political rights before many other nations. Founder of Turkey Atatürk said:”There is no logical explanation for the political disenfranchisement of women. Any hesitation and negative mentality on this subject is nothing more than a fading social phenomenon of the past.”
Nearly all of the Presidentially pardoned turkeys are now dead due to the fact that the turkeys used for Thanksgiving are bred for the table and not for the ability to live long and healthy lives.
There are plenty of cute cats all over the word and today’s technological world gave them a whole another level of attention. Now, they have Youtube channels and even their own social media pages. However, Tombili of Istanbul recently got immortalized with its statue.
Tombili became popular, when somebody took picture of him, chilling in an unbelievably relaxed pose on the streets of Istanbul. The image was shared on the social media, and the cat soon became an internet sensation. Unfortunately, he passed away in August, but local authorities decided to immortalize his zen attitude towards life, by a bronze statue on his favorite spot.
On 1910, the Mayor of Istanbul exiled 80,000 stray dogs to a small island for them to die. Soon later, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake occurred, which people perceived as a punishment from God for the dogs’ exile, and the surviving dogs were brought back.
Since 1960, the average turkey has gained 11 pounds. The average American has gained 28 pounds.
In 1963, a man knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey.
In the Spanish Civil War, pilots attached live turkeys to supply drops so it would slow the fall when they flapped their wings.
In Turkish, the bird we call a Turkey is called “Hindi” (“from India”). In India, it’s called “Peru.” In Arabic, the bird is called “Greek chicken”; in Greek it’s called “French chicken”; and in French it’s called “Indian chicken.” The bird is indigenous to none of these places.