19 Temmuz 2017 Çarşamba

Hubby Plants Fake Bomb to Scare Divorcing Wife

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 July 2017)

            Bomb disposal foils wife-disposal.

In Ereğli district of Zonguldak province, a husband wanting to
scare his wife who had just filed for divorce, put a fake bomb
underneath her car.  Yeliz Ö left work at her factory job and
headed home.  But some co-workers noticed a pipe hanging
from beneath her car and told her to stop.  Further inspection
revealed that the pipe was taped to the car's undercarriage,
with wires and a battery dangling.

Yeliz Ö. ran from the car in a panic and police were called to
the scene.  The car was cordoned off by explosives experts and
what turned out to be a fake bomb was destroyed in a controlled
explosion.  The subsequent investigation found that Yeliz Ö.'s
husband Sezai Ö. had placed the fake bomb to frighten his wife
because she had opened a divorce suit against him. Sezai Ö. was
taken into custody by police.

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Ereğli district is in western Zonguldak province.

Nasreddin Hoja's Image in Patent Dispute

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(HaberTürk Newspaper, 19 July 2017)

Nasreddin Hoca figürü  Konya Afyonkarahisar
            Truth be told, he has looked better.

Statues of Nasreddin Hoja at a rest-stop on the Konya-Afyonkarahisar
highway have sparked a negative reaction on social media.  As a result,
Salih Akkaya, the mayor of Akşehir, has announced that his city will
obtain patent rights to Nasreddin Hoja's name and image in order to
prevent their use without permission.

Mayor Akkaya said yesterday that he had visited 4 rest-stops together
with members of a special commission formed by Akşehir city on the
matter and warned the rest-stop owners about the statues.  Akkaya said
that "we told the rest-stop owners that we would take action against
the unflattering images of Nasreddin Hoca and we asked for their help
on this issue.  They agreed.  We will begin our efforts in Akşehir and
then focus on Konya and Turkey in general."

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       Nasreddin Hoja shown in his best light.

However, Hamid Yüzgüllü, the mayor of Sivrihisar in Eskişehir
province, took exception to Mayor Akkaya's patent announcement,
saying "you can't get a patent for personalities that the world essentially
owns.  There's no precedent for such a thing.  We are working with the
Culture and Tourism Ministry with regard to Nasreddin Hoja's image
and personality. It has been scientifically proven that Nasreddin Hoja
was from Sivrihisar, where he was born and died. Noone can get a
patent on Nasreddin Hoja!"

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Akşehir is midway between Afyonkarahisar (not shown but NW
of Akşehir) and Konya.  Sivrihisar is almost directly north of 


16 Temmuz 2017 Pazar

15 Temmuz 2017 Cumartesi

Brit Tourists Entertained by Dancing Boys

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 15 July 2017)

Çocukların yarı çıplak dansıyla tepki çeken bar kapatıldı
 Last minute replacements: All the girls were down the street 
at Hooters.

The incident occurred in a bar owned by Selamettin Yılmaz (52) on
Çarşı Avenue in Ölüdeniz neighborhood of Fethiye on 11 July.  Young
boys B.A. and H.B.,excited by the music in the bar frequented mostly
by British tourists, came in, jumped on top of the bar, took
off their t-shirts and started dancing.

The dancing boys drew the attention and applause of the bar patrons, 
one of whom posted a picture of the scene on social media with the 
caption "Young boys made to dance half-naked on top of a bar as the
deviant customers looked on."  

Çocukların yarı çıplak dansıyla tepki çeken bar kapatıldı
Somewhat older Gendarmerie soldiers replaced the boys.

The Ölüdeniz Gendarmerie post's investigation of the incident is 
continuing and the district chief has opened an inquiry, as well.  
Meanwhile the bar has been closed for 30 days for allowing children
under 18 to enter a place where alcohol was being sold.  Bar owner
Yılmaz had to send his 28 employees home, while his fellow store-
owners on the street protested that the closure penalty was much too

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14 Temmuz 2017 Cuma

Suicide 'Joke' Fails to Amuse

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(Hürriyet Newspaper, 14 July 2017)

 These humorless guys didn't get the punch line.

The incident occurred in the evening at the Miray Apartments in Devteşti
quarter of Şanlıurfa.  A woman from Osmaniye named S.A. sent a message
to a friend, saying that she would commit suicide.  The receipient of the
message called police in a panic, requesting assistance. Police went to 
S.A.'s home together with health and rescue teams.  

After ringing the bell and getting no response, officials decided to 
forceably enter the flat. As they readied a sledge hammer to smash the door,
S.A. opened the door with a baby in her arms and said her suicide text was
a joke (!).  Unamused, the rescue team leader scolded S.A., saying "3 teams
have spent an hour trying to save you and you're telling me it was a joke?!"

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                 Şanlıurfa Province

13 Temmuz 2017 Perşembe

Beware of Falling Tractors

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(Milliyet Newspaper, 11 July 2017)

Bilecik'te akıllara durgunluk veren kaza! Görenler gözlerine inanamadı
                "Hey, what just happened here?"

A tractor salesman in the Sarmaşık Small Industry Area in Bahçelievler
quarter in Bilecik purchased a second-hand tractor with license plate
54 KH 119.  The tractor was parked in the rear of the store, whose front
is at street level but whose rear is 3 stories above the ground.

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Somehow (!) the tractor started up, got stuck in reverse gear and
plunged out of the 3rd floor onto the ground below.  Fortunately,
no one was under the falling tractor and it was removed with a crane.

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