Men Wear Miniskirts, Protest Murder and Alleged Rape of Turkish Woman

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Hero Teen Arrested for Insulting Turkey's Insult-Worthy President 

A 16-year-old boy has reportedly been arrested for insulting buffoonish Turkish president Recept Tayyip Erdogan, an insult he no doubt richly deserved. The teenager, Mehmet Emin Altunses, is accused of criticizing the president during a student protest. He faces up to four years in prison. » 12/26/14 1:15pm 12/26/14 1:15pm

How To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner: A Strategy Guide

How does one eat a Thanksgiving meal? On its face this might seem like a ridiculous question, and also everywhere else too. I mean, who doesn't know how to eat? (Excepting the British, of course.) Thanksgiving is marked, more than anything else, by its abundance of tasty foodstuffs; practically speaking, it is a… » 11/27/14 12:30pm 11/27/14 12:30pm

​Turkish President: A Woman's Role in Society Is to Be a Mom

Just a few months ago, the Turkish government landed in some hot water after a deputy minister made an outrageous statement about Women's Place in Society, claiming that women shouldn't laugh in public. Now, in the world's worst competition, Turkey's president has really outdone his minister, claiming that men and… » 11/24/14 1:10pm 11/24/14 1:10pm

John Oliver Thinks Turkey Pardoning Is As Weird As You Do

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled the weird Thanksgiving tradition of presidents pardoning turkeys (the things we actually eat during Thanksgiving). » 11/23/14 11:19pm 11/23/14 11:19pm

Two-Headed Dolphin Washes Up On Shore, the End Is Really Fucking Nigh

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​Turkish Deputy Minister Claims Women Shouldn't Laugh in Public

Are you a woman? Do you enjoy laughing, and do you sometimes do so in public? While this seems about as innocuous as, well, being in public, according to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, laughing in public could indicate that a woman is *gasp* unchaste. » 7/29/14 3:15pm 7/29/14 3:15pm

Vending Machines in Turkey Feed Stray Animals Waiting to Be Adopted

There are over 100,000 stray cats and dogs living in Istanbul, Turkey. And while more than 14 million people live there, these animals are still waiting to be rescued. One company, Pugedon, is making sure that the animals are at least provided food while they wait for a forever home. » 7/22/14 8:30pm 7/22/14 8:30pm

Turkey Now Wants to Build All Gay Prisons For 'Protection'

The current administration heading Turkey has announced plans to house gay prisoners in yet to be built all gay prisons. Gay rights groups in the country have expressed concerns about further marginalising LGBT+ persons in a society generally hostile to homosexuality, and where gay prisoners are usually housed in… » 4/19/14 11:05am 4/19/14 11:05am

Islamic Creationist Is World's Most Astounding Pervert Televangelist

American Biblical literalists are currently spending their time to complaining about the lack of equal time in Cosmos and fretting over whether Noah is sufficiently God-focused. But what's up in the Islamic world these days? Well, meet Adnan Oktar, a.k.a. Harun Yahya. » 4/03/14 4:20pm 4/03/14 4:20pm

Behold the Full Spectrum of Olympic Emotions

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: Alisa Agafonova (2L) and Alper Ucar (2R) of Turkey wait for their score during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Short Dance on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) » 2/16/14 3:30pm 2/16/14 3:30pm

The World's Most Popular Ice Cream Commercial Shows No Ice Cream

This ad is one of the most viral web videos of the year. It's not short — at three and a half minutes, it dwarfs the attention span most advertisers assume their target audience has. It's not sexy — the raciest thing about the ad is some teen hand holding. It's not star-studded — the main characters in the ad are… » 11/20/13 6:20pm 11/20/13 6:20pm

New PETA Video Actually Tackles Animal Cruelty

This holiday season, instead of shoving naked women covered in cabbage down our throats, PETA has released a video that cuts (oof) to the chase about factory farming and animal cruelty. » 11/14/13 12:30pm 11/14/13 12:30pm

Butterball Turkey Help Hotline Hires Its First Male Operators

For years, the Butterball company's annual Turkey Talk Line—which provides sage (LOLOLOL) wisdom to hapless holiday turkey chefs—has been staffed entirely by female turksperts. Now, for the first time ever in its 32-year history, a few male staffers are breaking through the gravy ceiling and manning the Turkey Talk… » 9/17/13 10:00am 9/17/13 10:00am

A Hijab Doesn't Automatically Make a Woman Into a Symbol

In the post 9/11 world, where everyone loves to fall back on a clash of the civilizations explanation for Why We Don't Get Along with "The Muslim World," one group of people tend to get a lot of attention in the midst of the cultural debate: veiled women. They have become the focal point of countless debates on… » 6/26/13 1:40pm 6/26/13 1:40pm

How Not to Be an Ugly American on Your Vacation in a Conflict Country

You packed your sandals, several bikinis (with a sarong so you can blend into your exotic environment) and you've even Instagrammed several potential outfits, but then you hear the awful news: Your exotic travel destination just erupted with political protests and violent government crackdowns. Oh noes! But can you… » 6/07/13 11:40am 6/07/13 11:40am

Brutally Tear-Gassed 'Woman in Red' Is Symbol of Turkey's Occupy Gezi

Turkey's prime minister says the thousands of protesters gathering in Istanbul's Gezi Park are militant activists "living arm in arm with terrorism." This photo of a cop tear-gassing an unthreatening young woman in a simple summer dress implies otherwise. » 6/04/13 10:00am 6/04/13 10:00am

Celebrity Super Friends Tweet Reactions to Protests in Turkey

The rapid transformation of Occupy Gezi from a amiable-enough effort to protect what little green space remains in European Istanbul to a violent clash between protesters and Turkish police has attracted the attention celebrities like sign-maker Tilda Swinton, concerned father figure Mark Ruffalo, and even vampire… » 6/02/13 11:30am 6/02/13 11:30am

Public Kissers Protest PDA Warning from Turkish Subway Officials

There was a lot of concentrated public kissing yesterday in Turkey, which, depending on your threshold for watching other people trade tiny food particles in public, was either an inoffensive spectacle or a reason not to ever participate in a kiss protest. » 5/26/13 12:30pm 5/26/13 12:30pm