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7 Facts about Turkey

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1. Gay Turkish men can avoid military service by providing photographs of themselves having sex. But only if they are the passive partner, and their face is clearly visible in the photo

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2. 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

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3. In 1992, the carrier Saratoga accidentally launched live missiles during a joint U.S – Turkish exercise, killing several Turkish naval officers

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4. Gobekli Tepe, a stone age “temple”, is decorated with pillars of elaborately carved foxes, lions, spiders, snakes, scorpions, and vultures. It predates Stonehenge and the written word by 6,000 years. It extends across 22 Turkish acres. In the 60’s, it was dismissed as a cemetery

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5. Coffee was so influential in Turkish culture that the Turkish word for ‘breakfast’ literally translates to ‘before coffee’ and the word brown translates to ‘the color of coffee’

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6. 1 sheep jumped off a cliff in Turkey & 1500 sheep followed. Only about 400 died because the other sheep fell on a soft pile of wool/sheep

kucuksu-palace-1162615_960_7207. When Turkey objected to the inclusion of Mount Ararat (located on Turkish territory) on Armenian’s Soviet coat of arms, Nikita Khrushchev replied “Why do you have a moon depicted on your flag? After all, the moon doesn’t belong to Turkey”

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