Over 200 bird species including the Northern Cardinals, wild turkeys and Baltimore Orioles use a method of pest control called "anting." They take an ant in their beak and wipe their tail feathers in order to deter lice. The ants release formic acid that the birds utilize routinely. worldbirds.org/cardinal-b…
For centuries the city of Troy was considered a myth until it was re-discovered in 1871 in present day Turkey. The area had been excavated before but the ruins of Troy were beneath newer excavations and had gone untouched for millennia even though the site had people living on top of it. blog.britishmuseum.org/th…
In 1995, after the U.S. Congress attempted to deny foreign aid to Turkey, the mayor of Izmir, Turkey banned the sale of Dole bananas, mistakenly believing that then-Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole owned the fruit company. sfgate.com/news/article/M…
Male turkey will sometimes form alliances with siblings where a subordinate male assists his brother to find a mate and protect her but only the dominate male mates. The younger male will never mate throughout his entire life but lives only to assist the larger male. core.ac.uk/download/pdf/2…
There's a festival in Arkansas that up until 2018 included throwing live turkeys out of an airplane wusa9.com/article/news/ve…
According to one study, the amount of time people from Turkey spend having sex is significantly less than other countries theconversation.com/how-l…
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…
Turkeys can swim. They rarely do, but if spooked they will. upc-online.org/turkeys/13…
The Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes re-named the ancient city of Tarsus, Turkey to 'Antiochia on the Cydnus', but the name didn't last because the Seleucids named too many cities 'Antiochia' and it confused everyone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
There is a yearly event in Hungary where various peoples of Asian nomadic celebrate the first week of August called the Great KurultΓ‘j. In addition to a nations parade, they ride horses, shoot arrows, etc. Hungary, Turkey, Mongolia, the ex Soviet states, and even Manchus participate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
When Turkey (Ottomans) and Iran (Safavids) became archrivals in early 16th century, their leaders were both poets. While the Turkish Sultan Selim wrote his poetry in Persian, the Iranian Shah Ismail wrote his poetry in Turkish. turkishstudies.net/turkis…
In nineteenth-century Charleston, SC turkey vultures were protected by law because they ate refuse in the streets. Locals referred to them as the "Charleston Eagles." ccpl.org/charleston-time-…
Eleftherios Venizelos, the prime minister of Greece during the Greco-Turkish war, nominated Mustafa Kemal AtatΓΌrk, the leader of Turkish nationalists who defeated Greece and the first president of Turkey, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1934. greekworldmedia.com/2017/…
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…
Turkeys were worshipped as gods by the Mayan in 300 BC. They were invoked in religious rites and are portrayed as godlike figures in imagery. heritagedaily.com/2018/01…
The real St. Nicholas (the origin of modern Santa Claus) was a monk born in Turkey, and is said to have saved young women from being sold into prostitution or slavery. history.com/topics/christ…
Films and shows shown in Turkey have to censor the use of tobacco and alcoholβ€”despite the substances still being legal in the countryβ€”and will often censor the substances with what appears to be clip art. youtu.be/KUKUvH3hEMI
Turkeys were once worshipped like gods. history.com/news/turkey-w…
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…
The Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati was based on a real turkey giveaway that went horribly wrong metv.com/stories/the-than…
Turkey vultures vomit to express upset feelings & to cool themselves off when it's hot out they go to the bathroom on their feet. Their vomit & feces are highly acidic & accidentally damage people's roofs & electricity structures causing power failures sometimes sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/archive…
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…
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 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…
Turkeys will attack or attempt to dominate humans they view as subordinate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
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…
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…
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…
Today I learned of Burj Al Babas - an abandoned $200m village in Turkey consisting of hundreds of Disney-style castles. theguardian.com/world/201…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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/…
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…
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…
The 4000m (13,000ft) Zagros mountains acted as a geographical border for millennia for the areas of Iran, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zag…
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 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…
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…
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…
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia are transcontinental (European and Asian) countries, not only Russia and Turkey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
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…
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…
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…

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