The capital city of Ankara in Turkey has placed a ban on public LGBTQ events indefinitely, citing concerns about safety when it is really about the preservation of conservative "moral values."Read More
Are the clothes on your back made by breaking the backs of others? This is something we all need to think about in light of a story coming out of Istanbul, Turkey, where unpaid garment workers are fighting back against a major fashion chain.Read More
Highly scientific polling, of course. Spared no expense.
Remember where you are--this is Turkeydome, and hungry mouths are listening, and will take the first dish that screams.Read More
Sometimes, women have to do things they never thought they would in order to navigate and survive the misogynistic societies in which they live. The New York Times today has a stunning profile of three Muslim women from Syria, each formerly a member of ISIS' all-female Khansaa Brigade, the morality police.Read More
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The Internet is an unstoppable force of nature.
The Turkish Prime minister wasn't too happy with some things that were being said on Twitter. So, in a completely reasonable effort to make sure Turkish citizens don't have a platform to freely speak their minds (because who wants that?), he banned Twitter. Well, he tried, but it's not working out so well.Read More
Turns out Monopoly is not the world's oldest board game, just the board game for the world's oldest people.
Archeologists have the coolest job pretty much ever. It's not all accidentally bringing mummies back to life, fighting Nazis, or stopping evil cults, but even the real-life ones make really cool discoveries. Recently, a team of archaeologists found what they believe to be the world's oldest game in a 5,000 year old Bronze Age burial site in Turkey.Read More
Look, smoking is a nasty habit and harder than hell to kick. Whatever you've got to do, we're willing to salute the effort.
42-year-old Ibrahim Yucel has smoked for more than two-and-a-half decades, but he's trying to give up the habit for his family's sake. It hasn't proven an easy task, though, so Yucel has developed a rather extreme way to help him kick the habit -- every day, he dons a wire helmet that makes it impossible for him to smoke a cigarette. The Saw-style head cage doesn't prevent Yucel from wanting a cigarette at work, but since the Turkish father of three leaves the keys to the locked helmet with his wife and kids every day, it does prevent him from following through on the craving.Read More
Dozens already arrested for posting slander under false names.
Anti-government protests in Turkey have gotten increasingly violent over the past month. Thousands have been injured in clashes with law enforcement. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag claims social media has become the protestors primary weapon, and that he intends to "lay down some rules."Read More
Today in things that make us scream incoherently
The world can be an annoying place for women. It's a sad state of affairs to be sure, but most of us have come to expect crude comments will be made toward us at least one point (if not countless) in our lives but there's one place I never expected cat-calls would be a problem - a chess match. Turns out, I was very wrong. The European Women’s Championship in Turkey has installed new rules that ban cleavage. Part of the reason? To limit vulgar comments from those watching the matches. I don't even...Read More
and let it be known
The Turkish Football Federation has been having a lot of trouble lately with violence at matches, and the most successful strategy they've found so far to combat it is to ban adult men from the matches of any team that has been reprimanded for the unruliness of its fans. No really, according to the National Turk, women's attendance at soccer matches is generally very low, but over 45,000 women attended as the Fenerbahce and Manisaspor teams went head to head.Read More
Ever wonder what would happen if public access spoof overlords Tim and Eric tried their hand at Doctor Who? Pretty much what you see above, except someone would discover their chippy, there'd probably be some shrimp and white wine, and there'd obviously be some kind of Cinco-branded TARDIS for sale that requires users to remove their teeth before use. The point is, this Turkish Doctor Who seemed like it couldn't possibly be real at first, but then io9 kindly reminded us that Turkish remakes are totally bonkers to begin with. Luckily(?) for us, this Turkish Doctor Who is indeed a spoof of what would happen if there really was a Turkish Doctor Who, created by majoringram over at b3ta.com.Read More
On this lovely Sunday afternoon, we would like to share one of our favorite internet secrets: The Wikipedia page Batman (Disambiguation). Did you know that the ancient Persian batman weighed about six and a half pounds? We were surprised at how many other things Batman refers to, but we were not surprised that most of them are comedy gold.Read More