Published on March 13th, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Turkey
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Any country that straddles two continents has to be diverse, right? Right. You could say that Turkey has so many things to see and do it needed an extra continent to share the load. But do you know who totally ruined it? The Greeks, the Romans and the Ottomans. Their ruins are everywhere (lololol). Anyway, facts.
1. TURKEY TALK
The Americans named the bird after the country. Even though it had nothing to do with Turkey. This was in 300 BG (Before Google).
2. QUIT YO’ LION
The Turkish word for lion is Aslan. Anyone a Narnia fan?
3. SANTA, CLAWS
Saint Nicholas was born in Turkey. The big question remains, did he take the reindeer to the North Pole, or were they waiting for him there?
4. BRIDGING THE GAP
Istanbul is the only city in the world to span Europe and Asia. There’s a bridge joining the two over the Bosphorous. Get over it.
5. SWEET GREETS
When Turks answer their phone they say “My Master” instead of “Hello”.
6. TOTALLY BAZAAR
The Grand Bazaar has 25,000 people working in it.
7. FATHER’S SON
Most Turks didn’t have last names until 1934. Before that they were known as the son or daughter of (insert father’s name).
8. OLD UNDERGROUND
Istanbul’s underground is the second oldest metro system in the world. It’s been running since 1875.
9. MUCH OF A MOUTHFUL
Çekoslovakyalılaştıramadıklarımızdanmışsınız is the longest word in Turkish. It roughly translates to “Are you one of those people from Czechoslovakia?”.
The colour turquoise was actually named after the colour of the water off Turkey’s coast, or possibly the colourful jewels from Turkey. Either way, Turkey wins.