Thursday, 12 July 2007

50 Ways to Tell You're Turkish

Since I have mused at length about death in my last post, I thought I'd post something a little more light-hearted today. Enjoy!






50 Ways to Tell You’re Turkish

1. You can sing at least one Sezen Aksu song, in tune, from beginning to end, backwards and sideway, and inside and out.



2. You go to football games armed with a range of weaponry ranging from kitchen knives to katanas.
3. You treat any form of international sports event as a matter of life or death.
4. You drink your tea from an hourglass-shaped glass… Without milk.

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5. You scorn Nescafe in favour of a tiny cup of coffee with huge granules at the bottom.
6. And you flip the cup over on the saucer when you’re done, let it cool down and read your fortune from the cup.
7. You consider Eurovision as some form of patriotic excursion. And you’re proud that you no longer end up with ‘no point’.
8. You end a boozy night out having a soup made of cow intestines.
9. And no night out is a night out without booze. Preferably good ole raki.

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10. And no night out starts before 11 o’clock.
11. You find yourself debating the possibility of a massive earthquake which will supposedly hit Istanbul in the next thirty years.
12. The news show on your TV features half an hour footage on carnage on motorways. Dead bodies covered with newspapers. Cue sad music in the background.
13. The entertainment shows on your TV last at least three hours.
14. Sunflower seeds are the snack of choice for a night in watching TV.
15. Every other program on your TV seems to feature a dozen of long-legged women dancing around in skimpy outfits.
16. You would get groped by some ‘maganda’ the moment you step out on the street in a skimpy outfit.
17. You’ve been on the minibus – a form of public transport consisting of a psychotic driver whose got delusions of being on a Formula 1 track, his assistant that hangs out the side door, shouting out the destination (‘Aksaray, Aksaray!) and a dozen passengers huddled together like sardines in a tin.

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18. You know at least one person who thinks yoghurt is the magical cure for every disease.
19. And another person who thinks going around barefoot is the cause of all major ailments.
20. You pull your earlobe, make a kissing sound with your lips and touch wood to ward off evil.
21. Any ill that might come your way is a sign of the much-feared ‘evil eye’.

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22. You have at least once carried sugar cubes, blessed with prayers at a mosque, as a lucky charm to an exam.
23. You’ve spent a good deal of your life taking off your shoes as you walk into a house and putting on a pair of slippers.
24. And you’ve been to houses where they keep slippers of all shapes, sizes and colours for guests.
25. You’ve been chased around the house, at least once, by your mom brandishing that fatal weapon: her slipper.
26. Your family would probably disown you if you became a vegetarian. No meat? What nonsense?
27. You get charged four times more than Russian tourists to holiday in the same Turkish resort.
28. You require a visa to travel to half the world’s countries.
29. You get offended by food labels in other countries labelling your own food ‘Greek feta’, ‘Greek yoghurt’ or ‘Greek humus’…
30. You dislike the Greeks because they are competition but you like them because they’re ‘our neighbour’.
31. You are inclined to dance to any tune, including the banging and clunking of kitchen crockery.
32. People pretty much take it for granted that you can belly-dance simply because you’re Turkish and ‘it's your traditional dance, right?’
33. You live in a country where two guys going out for a meal is not considered ‘gay’.
34. And where people actually pay to go to clubs where the entertainer’s biggest selling point is his sexual orientation or recent sex change.
35. When you don your latest Nike trainers or your Gucci bag, it is highly likely that someone will ask you whether they are real or fake.
36. You probably know the hairiest man in the world, or better yet, are related to him.
37. ‘Spawn of donkey’ or ‘bear’ are words that are considered to be pretty offensive insults in your native language.
38. You wouldn’t be able to talk if your hands were amputated.
39. You greet friends with a kiss on each cheek and a hug. Even if you are both male, yes.
40. You greet your elders by kissing their hand.
41. You call people who are older than you ‘aunt’, ‘uncle’ or ‘brother’ even if you are not related by blood.
42. You are not offended when the guy behind the market stall or the street vendor greets you as ‘auntie’.
43. You are not reaching for your camera to quickly snap a shot when you see a street vendor shouting out ‘Vegetable seller is here, ladies!’
44. Nor do you reach out to call the police when you see a kid walking on the motorway selling handkerchiefs or bottled water or ‘simit’ or music tapes for your car.

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45. In fact you slow down, wind down, buy a ‘simit’ and a tape; nibble on your ‘simit’ in the heavy traffic whilst listening to your tape.

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46. Any slow song has the power to make you cry.
47. Any slow song after a broken heart and one too many drinks has the power to push you to depression and suicidal thoughts.
48. Not only do you have water surrounding your corner of the world on three sides, you tend to enjoy sitting at the water’s edge contemplating your life when you’re depressed.
49. You spend half your lifetime complaining about your country and your people, and the other half proudly announcing to the world you are Turkish and you are proud of it.
50. You read this list and go, ‘Yeah, I do that!’

17 comments:

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

You go to football games armed with a range of weaponry ranging from kitchen knives to katanas." lmao... now that's deep... hehe... taking the word fan to a while nother level!
10. And no night out starts before 11 o’clock.(that one is Nigerian...)lol i cant believe i' m at 10 and only 1 thing applies so far...
17. You’ve been on the minibus – a form of public transport consisting of a psychotic driver whose got delusions of being on a Formula 1 track, his assistant that hangs out the side door, shouting out the destination (‘Aksaray, Aksaray!) and a dozen passengers huddled together like sardines in a tin.(substitute the world minibus for molue, the assistant for 'conductor', the 'Aksaray' for 'oshodi wole' and you've got yourself a Nigerian... lol)
19. And another person who thinks going around barefoot is the cause of all major ailments.(lol do you know my grandpa?!... God rest his soul..)

26. Your family would probably disown you if you became a vegetarian. No meat? What nonsense?(lol... i've been on this earth for 20 odd years and still have yet to meet a Nigerian vegetarian.. lol... i dont think its genetically possible!)

28. You require a visa to travel to half the world’s countries.(lol.. for Nigerians.. make that 99th of the worlds countries)

31. You are inclined to dance to any tune, including the banging and clunking of kitchen crockery.(lol... i would)

33. You live in a country where two guys going out for a meal is not considered ‘gay’.(lol... include holding hands and waists... lol.. now you're making me want to go back to nigeria asap!)

35. When you don your latest Nike trainers or your Gucci bag, it is highly likely that someone will ask you whether they are real or fake.(lol... yup.. they'll ask for specifics... is your bag 'aba made'which is possibly the worst insult ever...)

41. You call people who are older than you ‘aunt’, ‘uncle’ or ‘brother’ even if you are not related by blood.(lol... yuup)

43. You are not reaching for your camera to quickly snap a shot when you see a street vendor shouting out ‘Vegetable seller is here, ladies!’(lmao.. this one is sooo true.. and funny cos of its 'trueness'(if thats even a word))

44. Nor do you reach out to call the police when you see a kid walking on the motorway selling handkerchiefs or bottled water or ‘simit’ or music tapes for your car.(lol at this point i have to ask... is Turkey an extension of NIgeria?!)

49. You spend half your lifetime complaining about your country and your people, and the other half proudly announcing to the world you are Turkish and you are proud of it.(lol... substitute nigeria and you got yourself a deal)

lol.. this was fun...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

oh crap i took up all your comment space...soweee

Ugo Daniels said...

Om fucking God, do you live in Turkey. Was there couple of months ago, went with some friends to Izmir. Moreover, i have a lot of Turkish friends here in Cyprus. You're so SPOT ON. Damn! 99.9% of what you wrote are true :)

Aworan said...

I have a couple of Turkish friends and you've written mostly what they've told me. You should see the similarities you have with Nigerians.. :-)

Pelmo said...

Great post, you did it by not insulting anyone, and adding some of that dry British humor gave everyone reading it a good laugh.

diary of a G said...

good to know

Onada said...

lol this is hilarious!!

rheytarded said...

hahahahhaa...
nice list...
makes me feel closer to Turkish people. lol

take care and thanks for dropping by the blog.

classybabe said...

lol,41,42,44 and 49 can also apply to being a Nigerian

bllk wolf said...
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bllk wolf said...

omg!!! i NEVER knew!!it just DAWNED on me in NOT NIGERIAN , i'm TURKISH.......wow!!!lol

Fatima said...

so we all Turkish...cool...lmao
xoxo

Vickii said...

Wow, I've learnt a lot about what it means to be Turkish from this post ... and like some people said, a lot of these are similar to being Nigerian!!

Very funny at times!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

you have amazing music taste... 80% of these songs i've listened to in the past 2 days.. starting off with amy winehouse simply rocks... i love that womans voice with a passion i dont feel for much else(well other than the colour yellow and cheesecake)

princess said...

Am with Overwhelmed naija babe on the fact that a lot of things written here applies to Nigeria.
Turkey and Nigeria must have been born by the same mother.
Nice one.

Suby said...

So funny how similar the Nigerians & Turks are, they do think so much alike, but then wifey is more Nigerian then I am, don't know if thats a good thing or bad thing lol

Suby

toya said...

as a Turkish, i really like it..mostof them really true,but you should make th list bigger:))