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Know the World: Turkey

All You Can Books: Travel Series

If you’re thinking about learning Turkish it’s always good to know a little about the origins and history of the language you are learning. Here, All You Can Books offers the most interesting Turkish facts.

Top 10 Interesting facts on Turkey

  • The Turkish language was first spoken in Mongolia, before being strongly influenced by Arabic and Persian. Turkish was then reformed in the 20th century.
  • Turkey has town called ‘Batman’
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Image: placestosee.com

Batman indeed is a place in Turkey! In fact, it made world news in 2008 when its mayor, Huseyin Kalkan, announced that he was setting up lawsuits against Warner Bros. and director Christopher Nolan, the makers of the Dark Knight trilogy.

  • Chicken Desert
Image: foodsforsoul.com

Only in Turkey can you see the dessert which has chicken in it. Tavukgogsu, is a dessert made with milk, chicken, rice flour and sugar.

  • Tongue twisters are present in most languages and Turkish is no exception. For example: Bir berber bir berbere gel berber beraber Berberistan’da bir berber dükkanı açalım demiş. – A barber told another barber “come barber, let’s start up a joint barbershop in Barberistan”.
  • Turkish don’t have just ice-cream makers

Turkish ice-cream sellers are more than just being ice-cream sellers. They are performers. So if you like a little performance on top of your ice-cream, Turkey is a place to be.
These ice-cream sellers are easy to spot as they wear Turkish uniform and are usually loud.

  • Turkey is one of seven countries that can feed itself.
  • There are no laws prohibiting cats and dogs in restaurants in Turkey
  • Another unique aspect of Turkey is the fact that it is the only democratic, secular country among the Muslim nations of the Middle East.
  • The world’s most precious silk carpet is stored in the Mevlana Museum, which is located in Konya.
Konya Tour
https://privateistanbultours.com/silk-prayer-carpet-mevlana-museum-konya-chapter-2/
  • Most of the public buildings in Turkey have black arrow at their ceiling which points towards Meka, the same direction Muslims turn while praying.
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Do Visit, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Canada, and Japan if you want to know more interesting facts about them.

Until we meet again on yet another adventure.

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Know the World: Belgium

All You Can Books: Travel Series

Looking for some fun facts about Belgium? You’ve come to the right place!

There’s much more to Belgium than beer, chocolate, and waffles. This treasure of Belgium facts is proof of that.

TOP 10 Interesting facts on Belgium

  • The word “spa”, that’s being used to talk about places to relax and get wellness treatments, comes from the Belgian city Spa.
Spa (Belgium) - Ehtta.eu
  • Belgium is a multinational state with most Belgians being a part of one of two communities, the Flemings from the north who speak Dutch or the Walloons in the South who speak French.
  • It’s the first country in the world to introduce electronic identity cards to its inhabitants.
  • The Belgian coastal tram is the longest tram line in the world, being 68 km long. It opened in 1885 and operates between De Panne and Knokke-Heist, which is from the French border to the Dutch border.
Public transportation in Belgium: trains, trams, metro & more | Expatica
https://www.expatica.com/be/living/transportation/transportation-in-belgium-100109/
  • During the night, Belgian highways can be seen even from the Moon – that’s how well-lit they are. The country is one of the global leaders in terms of road and railway density. It also has some of the highest gasoline prices, too.
Belgium can (still) be easily spotted from space - This must be Belgium
http://thismustbebelgium.com/belgium-spotted-space/
  • Belgium is the birthplace of the saxophone, the world’s first newspapers, a mathematical model the FBI uses for collecting fingerprints, and the technique of oil painting.
  • The only Belgian race car, the Vertigo, once held the Guinness World Record for fastest acceleration from 0-100km/h in 3.266 seconds.
Gillet Vertigo.5 Spirit Is Belgium's Premier Supercar
The Fallen Astronaut memorial on the Moon - The first sculpture beyond our  planet
https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/12/25/the-fallen-astronaut-memorial-on-the-moon-the-first-sculpture-beyond-our-planet/
  • The capital of Brussels is home both to NATO and the European Union.
  • The longest “bar” in the world is Leuven’s Oude Markt. It has around 40 cafés on one square.
Oude markt in Leuven - Park Inn by Radisson
Leuven Oude Markt

Thank you for sticking around till the end….

If do want to read any interesting facts on its fellow EU friend Spain or Germany please do follow our Blog. As well as Belgium’s fellow neighbor France.

To make your trip eventful to Belgium, it will be very helpful to brush up of your Belgian and French-speaking skills.

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The Purple Cloud

The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel

The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel

The story, a recording of a medium’s meditation over the future writing of the text, details the narrator’s (Adam Jeffson’s) expedition to the North Pole during the 20th century on board the Boreal. Jeffson’s fiancée, the Countess Clodagh, poisons her own cousin in order to secure a place on the ship for Jeffson, because the expedition was known to be one of the best ever planned.

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The Purple Land

The Purple Land by W. H. Hudson

The Purple Land by W. H. Hudson

In W.H. Hudson’s first novel, an Englishman wandering on horseback across the pampas finds adventure and romance in Uruguay. The full title became: “The Purple Land: Being the Narrative of One Richard Lamb’s Adventures in The Banda Oriental, in South America, as Told By Himself”. In the preface to “The Sun Also Rises”, President Teddy Roosevelt said that everyone should read “The Purple Land.”

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night – Volume 9

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - Volume 9

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night – Volume 9

This is a collection of stories collected over thousands of years by various authors, translators and scholars. The are an amalgam of mythology and folk tales from the Indian sub-continent, Persia, and Arabia. No original manuscript has ever been found for the collection, but several versions date the collection’s genesis to somewhere between AD 800-900. The stories are wound together under the device of a long series of cliff-hangers told by Shahrazad to her husband Shahryar, to prevent him from executing her. Many tales that have become independently famous come from the Book, among them Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and the voyages of Sinbad the Sailor. This collection comes from the ninth of sixteen volumes translated by Burton.

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Know the World: Spain

All You Can Books: Travel Series

We have traveled some parts of the Globe together. This time we have set sail to the land of beautiful Beaches.

Let’s grab a beer, rest ourselves on a hammock in shade and leave our COVID worries aside and enjoy the beautiful views of Spain.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Spain

Spain does not have tooth fairy

One of the most interesting facts about Spain is that Spaniards don’t use the character of the tooth fairy. Instead, they have someone known as Ratoncito Perez that takes children’s lost teeth and gives them gifts in return.

Nudity is Legal in Spain

One of the fun facts about Spain is that while you don’t necessarily see people walking around without clothes all the time, it is technically legal to go nude in Spain.

With the weather being very hot and dry in the summer, it is certainly appealing to be able to walk around with as little clothing as possible. It would take someone truly uninhibited to enjoy going completely nude but it is interesting to know that there is no law against it.

Spain did not take sides in the World Wars

Spain was neutral in WWI and WWII but suffered a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people. The victorious General Francisco Franco ruled as a brutal dictator until his death in 1975. After his defeat, Spain began to transform itself into an industrial, modern, and democratic European nation that it is today.

Wind has power in Spain

The next fun fact about Spain is that this country is an early adopter of wind-based power technology. They built many wind turbines years ago and have made excellent use of this power source ever since. The numbers revealed in 2013 Spain received one-fifth of its power from wind-based sources. This actually makes wind energy the majority of its energy source.

Real Madrid, the Spanish football club is the most valuable sports team in the world.

Coronavirus: With no cases reported, Real Madrid players resume ...

They boast annual revenues of $650m and brand value of $3.3 billion, hence making them the most valuable soccer team in the world. Bitter rivals Barcelona rank third on this list with a value of $2.6 billion.

Spanish love as well as run from Bulls

 Twelve animals took part in this morning's gruesome event

Bullfighting has been a popular sport in Spain for thousands of years called Corridas, bullfights are considered either a contest of art and skill or a cruel sport. The culture surrounding bulls doesn’t stop there. The running of the bulls is also a famous Spanish event. Bulls are let loose on a course in cordoned-off streets of the town, and people run ahead of them.

Spain is still under the control of a King

King Felipe VI of Spain to forgo his father's inheritance | The ...

There are not that many monarchy systems of government in major countries of the world these days. Spain is a constitutional monarchy, though. Their current ruler is King Felipe VI and he came to power in 2014.

In practice, the country isn’t run all that differently from the other countries in the European Union.

It is Illegal to drive in Flip Flops

Driving in flip flops can land you with a fine, penalty points and ...

Driving while wearing flip flops is considered ill-advised when driving in Spain, supposedly because flip flops could get stuck under the pedal, therefore, causing you to lose concentration or even provoke the direct loss of control of the vehicle.

Ole Ole

Football fan risked angering Liverpool fans with his attire in ...

 The famous “ole-ole” enthusiastic soccer fans also come from Spain. There is a historical theory of the origin of this cheer; historians believe that the expression “ole” is parallel to “Allah”, which appeared in the Spanish territories throughout the Muslim movement of the 8th century.

Spain has very few Tax Inspectors

Getting Money In Spain - Madrid Traveller

According to official figures, in Spain, there’s one tax inspector for every 1,928 taxpayers. For comparison, over the border in France, there’s one inspector for every 729 residents. This may explain why the Spanish tax authorities estimate a quarter of Spain’s GDP comes from the black market.

You can revisit our Destinations at Germany, Japan, France and Canada and know more interesting facts about these country.

If you ever feel like visiting Spain and want to brush up your Spanish, All You Can Books offers interesting and easy to learn language courses.

Until next time…when we meet on the other side of the Globe.

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Know the World: Canada

All You Can Books : Travel Series

Welcome to the Real Land beyond the Wall…So Serene and So Beautiful and Peaceful. We are here going on our Travel Journey after Germany, Japan and France and now at our stop at CANADA.

Thought you knew all there was to know about the true north strong and free? These surprising facts about Canada will have you seeing this beautiful country in a whole new way.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about Canada

  1. World’s longest non-military border

The world’s longest non-military border is between Canada and the United States. It stretches for 5,525 miles. If you walked and never stopped—not to eat, not to rest your feet, not to get some sleep—it would take you four-and-a-half years to walk the length of Canada’s coastline.

2. Santa Claus is Canadian

Canada’s Immigration Minister declared in 2012 that Santa Claus was indeed a Canadian citizen. He also suggested that this is why his signature look is a red and white suit – the colors of Canada. To send letters to Santa, children can use this address: Santa Claus, North Pole, H0H 0H0, Canada.

3. The Maple Capital

Of the world’s maple syrup, 71% comes from Canada, which probably isn’t surprising. But what is fascinating is that 91% of maple syrup production occurs in Quebec alone, according to Pure Canada Maple.

4. Canada welcomes Aliens

World's First UFO Landing Pad – Saint Paul, Alberta - Atlas Obscura
https://stpaulchamber.ca/ufolanding.html

Canada is the first country in the world to create a landing pad specifically for UFOs. It’s located in St. Paul, Alberta and was opened in 1967. Even Canada’s Minister of National Defence at the time, Paul Hellyer, was there for the unveiling. The platform weighs just over 130 tons, and the concrete structure actually contains a time capsule, to be opened in 2067.

5. Eh! 

The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.

6. Canada has bathtub Race!

50 years of Nanaimo bathtub racing told through new book filled ...

The townspeople of Nanaimo, B.C. race their bathtubs as part of an annual aquatic tradition.

7. The Polar Bear Capital

Churchill in northern Manitoba is the world’s polar bear capital. Approximately 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Churchill, because of its access to frozen Hudson Bay, which is where they live in winter. It’s also the only place in the world with a polar bear prison, and sometimes the town is home to more polar bears than people. The few residents who live there also leave their cars and homes unlocked in case they or a visitor need a quick escape from a polar bear.

8. Canada Loves Kraft

Canada consumes more mac and cheese than any other country in the world.

9. Canada has national parks bigger than countries

 Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories: not only is it a sight to behold with massive waterfalls, it’s bigger than Albania and Israel. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories is even bigger than Denmark and Switzerland.

Don’t miss this spectacular gallery of Canada’s most beautiful waterfalls.

10. It is as cold as Mars in Canada

A temperature of -63 C (-81.4 F) was recorded in the small village of Snag on Feb. 3, 1947. That’s roughly the same temperature as the surface of Mars!

Canada is an officially bilingual country, with two official languages: French and English.  If you ever need to brush up your French, All You Can Books offers easy to learn foreign courses.

Stay tuned for next week….

Love Insurance

Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers

Love Insurance by Earl Derr Biggers

On duty with Lloyds of London in NYC, young Richard Minot is sent to the St Augustine-ish town of San Marco to ensure that a wealthy young lady, Cynthia Meyrick marry his firm’s client, Lord Harrowby. Then, in a meet-cute on a slow-moving train, Minot meets the very enticing Miss Meyrick and… reconsiders his duty.

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Know the World: France

All You Can Books : Travel Series

France is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and there’s plenty to get your teeth stuck into, from great cities like Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseille to the prehistoric sites of the Vézère valley and Brittany’s beautiful coastline.
But how well do you really know the country?

The country also has an extremely rich history. Because of this history, France developed bizarre customs and stories that make it one of a kind.

Embrace “joie de vivre” with these fun facts about France.

TOP 10 FUN FRANCE FACTS

  • Francophone

Francophone is a person who can speak French Fluently.
Did you know how easy it is to become a ‘Francophone’? All you can books offer easy to learn language courses, which will help you in calling yourself a ‘Francophone’

  • French Toast is not French 😲

Some claim that French toast isn’t French, Neither are French fries. Fries actually come from Belgium, French Toast was actually invented by a man called Joseph French.

  • France hates ‘STOP’ signs

 France favors roundabouts over stop signs. In fact, they have about 30,000 in the country, which is more than half of all roundabouts in the world. According to studies, roundabouts reduce the overall number of collisions and the seriousness of collisions.

  • It is Illegal to Kiss on Railway Platforms

It is illegal to Kiss on France Railway Platforms to avoid delay in Train Timings. Well isn’t that an odd rule to keep things in place. But Hey! anything to get my train on time.

  • Louis XIX was king for 20 minutes

The shortest period a king or queen has ever reigned over a country was when Louis XIX, technically could claim himself as the king of France. It took about 20 minutes and he stepped down and placed his nephew in charge, and he never really ruled the country.

  • You can Marry a Dead person in France

In the 50’s it was decided that it should be allowed to marry a dead person, under special circumstances. One needs to prove that there were already plans on getting married, and also send a formal request to the President.

The one who marries a dead person will not inherit and the family of the deceased must approve the marriage as well.

  • It is Illegal to name your pigs ‘Napolean’

IN FRANCE it is illegal to name a pig Napoleon, almost 200 years after his death

Napoleon built a large empire that ruled over much of continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815. He is considered one of the greatest commanders in history, and his wars and campaigns are studied at military schools worldwide.

Experts say the odd law exists because ­calling a pig after the emperor would insult a head of state.

  • Death Penalty = Guillotine (in France)

The guillotine was introduced as the official way to execute people back in 1792. It was a simple way that also let the people watch offenders get their punishment. Luckily, the death penalty was abolished in 1981.

The last execution with a guillotine in France happened in 1977 after a man from Tunisia named Hamida Djandoubi was sentenced to torture and later death.

  • France the land of Inventions

Among the many inventions, some notable ones are the hot air balloon, pasteurizer, stethoscope, and the parachute. Each of these has changed the world.

In recent years there is one particular famous French invention, namely the cell phone camera, which was first developed by Philippe Kahn, back in 1997.

  • Male impotence was considered a crime in the 17th century

Back in the 1600’s in France, it was considered a crime if a man wasn’t able to get an erection, and this was enough to let a woman file for divorce. If a married woman accused her husband of male impotence, he had to prove the contrary in front of an expert panel.

If he failed, which was understandably quite common, the man could also demand to get a second chance by having intercourse with his wife in front of a judge. Quite an obscene fact about France. The law was banished in 1677.

As you can tell, the history of France has created a rich culture. It has its quirks, just like any nation, but overall it’s a tremendous place to live and visit.

The French are well-known for the love of wine and cheese. They are also a very progressive culture that is on the cutting edge on a lot of social and environmental issues.

We hope these fun facts pique your interest in France. If you’d like to learn more about other countries be sure to check out our posts on Germany and Japan.

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Until next week……

Queen Sheba’s Ring

Queen Sheba's Ring by Henry Rider Haggard

Queen Sheba's Ring by Henry Rider Haggard

A famed archeologist, an aging doctor, and a young army engineer set out across the African desert on a great adventure. Professor Higgs is in search of new archeological discoveries, Dr. Adams seeks to rescue his kidnapped son, and Captain Orme wants to forget an unhappy love affair. Maqueda, Daughter of Kings, ruler of the Abati, enlists their aid to destroy the sacred idol of a neighboring tribe with promises to help the doctor rescue his son. However, the idol is a second great sphinx, carved out of a mountain. In their quest they can expect little help from the weak and cowardly Abati. The road is fraught with danger, wild beasts, valiant enemies, and traitorous allies, but their greatest danger is a beautiful woman whom it is death to love.

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