23 Nisan 2018 Pazartesi

Just Say "I Do". No Jokes, Please.


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 23 April 2018)

ali akça hatice koşman turgut dinçer ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Couple hoping Ali Akça is on leave next time.

In Manisa, after dating for 9 years Hatice Koşman and Turgut
Dinçer Güneri sat at the marriage table the day before yesterday.
However, when asked by the presiding municipal official "Do
you take this man to be your lawful husband?", Hatice hanım
replied jokingly "No cannot be said. Yes, of course!"

Official Ali Akça, though, asserted that he was bound by law
to accept Hatice hanım's first word, which was "no".  Akça
canceled the ceremony and could not be persuaded to change
his decision.  Dejectedly, Hatice hanım returned to her father's
house. 

Would-be groom Turgut Bey related that "en route to the
ceremony Hatice said she wanted to make a surprise.  She had
seen on Youtube that such jokes were popular but the official
didn't like the joke.  I didn't even get a chance to say anything.
We had 50-60 guests there.  We'll get another date on Tuesday.
All the money we spent went for nothing."  Hatice hanım has
promised not to make any more jokes at the next ceremony.

As for Akça, he stated that "it shouldn't have happened. It
was quite unpleasant.  We note the first word that comes
from the mouth of the participants and it was "no". You can
say "yes" a thousand times after that but it doesn't matter.
This is the first time I've encountered such a situation in 6
years of presiding.  But I don't regret my decision.  My
wife and relatives support me - they heard about it on the
news. I did what the law requires.  Couples should not
joke at the marriage table."

manisa haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu


22 Nisan 2018 Pazar

Lit Match Ends Faux Matchmaker's Escapades


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 22 April 2018

yusuf ışık reyhanlı ile ilgili görsel sonucu
              Yusuf Işık, after and before.

In Sarıyer, Istanbul, the story behind the discovery of a burned
body is that of an incredible tale of matrimonial fraud.  When
it turned out that the body was that of Yusuf Işık, who duped
tens of men into bogus marriages with Syrian women, the story
became even more bizarre.

The day before yesterday, citizens saw the saw a burned body
of a male in a forested area of Kılıçpınar Avenue in Sarıyer's
Kocataş village.  Police found some unburned documents at
the scene that helped identify the victim as Işık (50), a native of
Kars province who has a record of involvement in fraud.

It is claimed that Işık, who lived in Reyhanlı district of Hatay
province on the border with Syria, found Syrian women willing
to marry Turks.  The men who went to Hatay to meet the women
signed an agreement with Işık and gave him a payment.  A
marriage ceremony was inevitably followed by the bride
absconding with the wedding gold.

yusuf ışık reyhanlı ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                     Blinded by love.

One of Işık's victims, Sinan Polat, explained on a TV show
that "I went with a friend to Reyhanlı to meet with Işık.  He
introduced me to a pretty 21-year-old Syrian girl who spoke
good Turkish.  I paid Işık 10,000 TL (about $2,500) as a
"bride price".  We watched a TV show that claimed that Işık
was a fraud and laughed about it.  I brought the girl to my
hometown and 2 days later she said to me 'I have to sign
some papers, otherwise they'll put me in jail.' I brought her
to Reyhanlı and someone claiming to be her uncle came
and they left together but never returned.  The gold was
gone and my 30,000 TL."

reyhanlı haritası, ile ilgili görsel sonucu

21 Nisan 2018 Cumartesi

Firefighters Save Horse in Deep Kimçhi


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 21 April 2018)

gübreden at kurtarma narman erzurum cumhur ile ilgili görsel sonucu
                      "Wilburrrrrrr!"

In Narman district of Erzurum province a horse got stuck in fertilizer spread on the edge of a field.  In an effort to
rescue the horse, Cumhur Selviye tried himself but then had to
call firefighters.

The horse had sunk up to its neck in the fertilizer but the
firefighters were able to extract the animal with ropes.  In
gratitude to the firefighters, Selviye said "before we called
the firefighters we tried to rescue the horse but we couldn't.
The fertilizer is like quicksand so thankfully they came
quickly and rescued the animal in half an hour."

erzurum haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu

20 Nisan 2018 Cuma

Noah's Ark: The Unsinkable Tourism Ploy


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(HaberTürk Newspaper, 20 April 2018)

Nuhun Gemisi bütün çıplaklığıyla kanıtlandı
          Hidden in plain sight, all these years.

The documentary filmmaker Cem Sertesen is participating in a
conference about Noah's Ark, being held in the context of Tourism
Week in Ağrı's Doğubayazıt district. Sertesen asserted that there
are traces of Noah's Ark within the borders of Telçeker village in
Doğubayazıt. 

According to Sertesen, "Noah's Ark is the greatest legend of
human history (!), not just for Turks but for the whole world. It
is accepted that the ark is in eastern Turkey and that place is
Doğubayazıt district."  Sertesen, who has been researching
Noah's Ark for 23 years, added that "İlhan Durupınar discovered
Noah's Ark, Ara Güler took the first photographs of it and in
1985 Dr. Salih Bayraktutan conducted the first scientific research."

nuhun gemisi doğubayazıtta mı sertesen ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Act now and you get a free Noah's rubber ducky.

Continuing, Sertesen said that "At the end of weeks of work, it
was proven through below-ground radar images that the ship's
body was there and the related report was presented to the
concerned Minister of that period.  The last sentence of the
report was written in English: 'Yes, this is the body of  a ship
and archeological studies should begin forthwith!'

Sertesen and Ağrı's Culture and Tourism Deputy Director
Erkan Kösedağ shared the book they co-wrote "Noah's Ark,
The Discovery of the Century"  with students at the end of
the conference.


noah's ark ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Elon Musk working on an updated follow-on project.



One-Foot-in-The-Grave: 50% Discount on Tombstones


türkçe links to original Turkish article

(Milliyet Newspaper, 20 April 2018)

mezar taşında dev kampanya muş varto ile ilgili görsel sonucu
Coming soon: 50% off for mothers-in-law before they pass.

In Muş's Varto district, granite and marble dealer Bayram Çetinkaya
has started an interesting sales campaign.  Çetinkaya will give a 50%
discount to anyone who orders a gravestone before they die.  His
prices range from 800 TL (about $200) to 18,000 TL.  Çetinkaya is
also offering a 20% discount for those who passed away in 2017 and
will soon offer a 50% discount for a gravestone for mothers-in-law
before they die (!).

Çetinkaya explained that his campaign started as the result of a
conversation with an elderly woman: "She came to me and said
'I want to have a gravestone made for my husband but my income
is only 600 TL every 3 months.  My choice is to live or to buy him
a gravestone.  I have no one else since he died and he comes to me
in my dreams because I haven't had a gravestone made for him and
this makes me cry'."

Continuing, Çetinkaya said that "I told her I don't deal in cheap
stones but a few days later I saw her in my dreams and felt bad. A
couple of weeks later I saw her in the market and asked her what
she had done.  When she said she still hadn't had a gravestone
made, I offered to help her.  I made a nice gravestone for her
husband and arranged for  her to pay me 100 TL every 3 months. 
My business got much better after this. I told Yüksel Bey, who has
a marble factory in Afyon, about this occurrence.   He told me
to start the campaign and promised his support.  So, together with
the customer, before they die, we go to a notary and sign an
agreement for a gravestone.  I had one such customer last year."

Çetinkaya urged his gravestone-making colleagues and other
craftsmen to start similar before-you-die campaigns.

muş haritası ile ilgili görsel sonucu