In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Constantinople was renamed to Istanbul in the 1930s, by the Republic of Turkey, not the Ottomans after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati was based on a real turkey giveaway that went horribly wrong metv.com/stories/the-than…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
There are many people in countries like Turkey, Indonesia and India that do not use a surname en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
You're more likely to get Salmonella by rinsing your turkey and other poultry before cooking it. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Turkeys were once worshipped like gods. In 300 B.C., the birds were viewed by the Maya as vessels of the gods and honored accordingly. The birds were originally domesticated to play a part in religious rites. history.com/news/turkey-w…
Modern Turkey was founded by Ataturk, on the concept of secularism, "laiklik, derived from the French laΓ―citΓ©, an aggressive french concept of secularism meaning freedom FROM religion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Throughout the 16th and 17th century, a Goose or Capon (castrated/neutered cockerel) was commonly served for Christmas dinner in England. The rich sometimes dined on Peacock or Swan. Popular history tells of Henry VIII being the first English monarch to have a Turkey for Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, and the tea is produced in Turkey, in the Rize province en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Contrary to what has been depicted in the Jurassic Park movie franchise, velociraptors were no bigger in size than turkeys nhm.ac.uk/discover/veloci…
Turkey used the Arabic script for over 1000 years. The 29-letter Latin script was introduced & made mandatory by AtatΓΌrk on December 1928 & Turkey's literacy rate increased from 10% to 90%. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
Wild turkeys see in color and have an excellent daytime vision that is three times better than a human’s eyesight and covers 270 degrees. thespruce.com/fun-facts-a…
Today I learned about a family in Turkey that walks on all fours due to a rare syndrome that strikes the areas of the brain that control balance. This rare mutation prevents proteins from distributing fat molecules correctly in the cells, which leads to defective nerve cells, brain damage, and loss of balance. sciencenordic.com/brain-d…
A solar eclipse helped end a six-year war in 585 BCE. When the sky suddenly darkened during a battle between the Lydians and the Medes in modern Turkey, soldiers took it as a sign to cease fighting. historydaily.org/the-powe…
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia are transcontinental (European and Asian) countries, not only Russia and Turkey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
In Turkey there is an ancient underground city in turkey that was large enough to house 20,000 people including livestock. It was used from 8th century BC up to 1923. atlasobscura.com/places/d…
The Turkey Drop is when a freshman college student comes home for Thanksgiving and is unceremoniously dumped by his high school girlfriend or boyfriend. refinery29.com/en-us/turk…
Turkey eggs have a richer taste than chicken eggs and were considered a delicacy by the Navajo. They are rare today only because turkeys do not yield as many eggs and cost more to house and feed. slate.com/human-interest/…
Dark meat in chicken and turkey is the legs and thighs due to the protein myoglobin showing up in muscles that are predominately used, whereas the dark meat in a duck is in the breast meat. bestfoodfacts.org/differe…
Today I learned of Burj Al Babas - an abandoned $200m village in Turkey consisting of hundreds of Disney-style castles. theguardian.com/world/201…
The Empire of the Inca was bigger than Ottoman Turkey, bigger than Ming China, in fact, the largest in the world around 500 years ago bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t…
Turkeys can fly up to 60 miles an hour despite their 20 pound heft. They roost high up in the trees at night, but spend most of their time on the ground, causing the misconception that they are incapable of flight at all. grandviewoutdoors.com/tur…
Popeye the Sailor became so popular during the Great Depression that consumption of spinach increased by 33%. His popularity also led to American children listing spinach as their third favorite food, after turkey and ice cream. telegraph.co.uk/books/chi…
Pope John Paul II forgave his would be assassin, Mehmet Ali Ağca. "He was pardoned by Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi at the Pope's request and was deported to Turkey in June 2000." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Att…
Wild turkeys see in color and have an excellent daytime vision that is three times better than a human's eyesight and covers 270 degrees. nwtf.org/hunt/article/fiv…
The two oldest cats ever recorded was owned by one guy: Creme Puff (38 years) and Grandpa Rex Allen (34 years). The owner even revealed what he believed to be the key to their longevity, a diet of dry cat food supplemented with broccoli, eggs, turkey bacon, coffee with cream and red wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cre…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
The most expensive city for a date night (dinner for two, bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, taxi back home) is Oslo, Norway, at $159, while the cheapest is Ankara, Turkey, at $36 elitesingles.com/mag/rela…
Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, Velociraptors were likely only a bit smarter than a rabbit and only about the size of a 30lb turkey. nhm.ac.uk/discover/veloci…
Today I learned of GΓΆbekli Tepe in Turkey; the world's oldest spiritual site. At over 12,000 years old it is older than both the Pyramids and Stonehenge and is even older than the invention of agriculture or pottery. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Smallpox inoculation had been practiced in China, India, Turkey, and East and West Africa, starting as early as 1000 AD. The procedure involved exposing a small wound to pus from the sores of an infected person, to cause a limited infection, which would then provide lifelong immunity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ino…
The Seikilos Epitaph is the world's oldest surviving complete melody written on a marble stele. It was discovered near present day Aydin, Turkey, and is from the 1st or 2nd century A.D. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sei…
Japanese schools make children square dance to the tune of β€œTurkey in the Straw,” and call it an β€œOklahoma Mixer” mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=…
The original city called Philadelphia was located in present-day Turkey and established in 189 BC by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. He named it after his brother Attalus II, whose loyalty earned him the nickname "Philadelphos," literally "one who loves his brother." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala…
A wild turkey named Turk Diggler likely escaped an agricultural event and has been meandering through neighborhoods for the past year in Calgary, Alberta much to the residents' delight. globalnews.ca/news/530403…
People used to live in underground cities in Turkey almost till 1963. Derinkuyu underground city is an example. mymodernmet.com/derinkuyu…
Turkey granted women full political rights before many other nations. Founder of Turkey AtatΓΌrk 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." irishtimes.com/opinion/at…
The entire EU plus a dozen other countries including the US, Brazil, Turkey, and Kazakhstan are part of a huge treaty requiring countries to pursue child support payments levied in other member countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hag…
Turkeys were always presented to presidents to be killed for their Thanksgiving meals. Then in 1989 George HW Bush became the first to pardon a turkey instead. history.com/news/a-brief-…
The ship used in the filming of "In the Navy" by The Village People was sold to Turkey in 2002 and was sunk as a target ship in 2005. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
When George Clooney wanted to adopt a new dog, the rescue shelter said it was up to the dog to like Clooney, and if there wasn’t a connection, they would find the dog a different home. To make sure the dog would like him, Clooney rubbed turkey meatballs on his feet. It worked great. people.com/pets/george-cl…
The first female fighter pilot in the world was Sabiha GΓΆkΓ§en, adopted daughter of Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk, founder of modern Turkey. wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabiha…
, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was marketed with the title "The Whip Guy" in Turkey in 1984 tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The Turkish word for a turkey bird means "India," the Hindi word means "Turkey," the Portuguese word means "Peru," Khmer and Scottish Gaelic call it a "French chicken," Malay calls it a "Dutch chicken," and various dialects of Arabic call it a Roman, Greek, or Ethiopian chicken. slate.com/human-interest/…
Turkey Vultures were (and sometimes still are) used by natural gas companies to pinpoint pipeline leaks. (4th paragraph down) bedfordaudubon.org/2016/0…
The last legal heir to the Ottoman Empire- Ertuğrul Osman- died in 2009, 85 years after its destruction. He was known in Turkey as "the last Ottoman Emperor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ert…
Barbers in Turkey use fire to singe off the fine hairs in your ears thegroomingguide.com/hair…
There's a language in Turkey that's whistled youtu.be/l117wfB0g3o
There's a $200 million abandoned village of 732 Disney-like castles in Turkey businessinsider.com/turke…

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