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Did Ben Franklin Want The Turkey To Be The National Symbol Of The US?

It’s one of those fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be America’s national bird instead of the bald eagle. It’s a popular fun fact. But I was shattered to learn as an adult that this little nugget of trivia isn’t quite true.


Turkey Looks Stunning In This Fantastic Travel Video

Video: Some friends visited Turkey recently and they came back really impressed. They told me about its stunning landscapes, friendly people and extraordinary food. This travel video — beautifully made by Leonardo Dalessandri — shows that they weren’t lying.


Turkey's New Eco City Could Be Heated With Leftover Pistachio Shells

As one of the world’s largest producer of pistachios, Turkey has plenty of pistachio shells to go around. So, in the tradition of turning food waste into energy, officials are proposing to burn pistachio shells for heat in Turkey’s first ever eco city — and it’s not a totally nutty idea.


Finally, A Stadium Shaped Like A Crocodile

I’m as baffled as you are that it’s taken so long, but it seems someday we still might get the stadium we’ve all known architecture really needs: Turkey’s Burasapor soccer team, nicknamed the “Green Crocodiles,” could soon be getting an architectural masterpiece, a structure that will rival the greatest palaces of the last 200 years, even outdoing the timeless proportions of the Acropolis. It is a coiling green crocodile with blazing spotlights in its eyes.


Why Istanbul Wants To Build The World's Busiest Airport

Back in 2013, when Istanbul was still competing to host the 2020 Olympics, the city announced plans to build “the world’s largest and busiest airport terminal”. The Olympic bid ended up failing — but Istanbul still wants to build its mega-airport.


Turkey Has Banned Twitter

Turkey’s Internet watchdog has blocked Twitter, following threats by its Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fuelled by the network’s ability to carry rumours about government corruption.


Insane New Tower Might Rise Above The Hills In Western Turkey

This stunning new design for an antenna tower outside the Turkish city of Çanakkale has just won an international competition, beating out such big-name firms as Snohetta, Fernando Romero and Sou Fujimoto. Designed by IND and Powerhouse Company — who worked with structural engineers ABT to make sure it’d all work as planned — the antenna is a racetrack-like loop through the forest, sporting an outdoor pedestrian walkway and indoor public spaces at the tower’s base.


Now World Leaders Are Giving Speeches Via Hologram

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan couldn’t make it to the city of Izmir last Sunday to give a speech, he wasn’t too bothered — because he decided he’d give it by hologram instead.


How Many D Batteries Does It Take To Cook A Turkey?

Sometimes, when the holidays roll around, things go wrong and you need to get creative. How creative? Well, that’s up to your family and their own zany ways.


World's Deepest Undersea Tunnel Weaves Together Two Continents

It’s been a long time since Istanbul was an economic focal point between Asia and the West. But, yesterday, at the opening of the deepest underwater railway ever built, Turkish officials described their vision to “restore the Silk Road” and link London with Beijing — thanks to a Japanese-funded railway beneath the Bosphorus.