Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Best Turkish Story Ever!

Still in Turkey, having a great time. Heard this story and needed to share.

There are a lot of people here from Down Under. Aussies and Kiwis have a strange affinity for this country--- they come for vacation and stay for years, marry the locals, and often end up in the hospitality industry.

There was this Aussie living in Sel├žuk, where he earned a living dealing with electronics. The local muezzin, who was pretty lazy, hired him to set up a system where he could record the prayer calls and play them automatically at the appropriate times. (Theyre supposed to be sung live.)

The system was set up. The muezzin was happy. He went on vacation, leaving the Aussie in charge.

Next morning, the town awakened at 5am to the sound of 'Highway to Hell' being broadcast from the minarets of every mosque in town.

Nothing actually happened to the Aussie. Turns out that it isn't actually illegal to play 'Highway to Hell' on the PA.

The muezzin, however, was fined for not doing his job.

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Blogger Lance Larka said...


My Turkish friends would have loved to be there for that :-) Hell, so would I!!!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Foxessa said...

You were there when president Obama was. How cool was that!

Love, c.

6:56 PM  
Blogger dubjay said...

The Turks are deeply impressed by Obama. They like him a lot.

That said, it was annoying having half the city of Ankara closed to us so that he could motorcade along.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heh. "For those about to Salat, we salute you!"

11:55 AM  
Blogger ooijj said...

as an aussie who's spent a lot of time in turkey (my partner has a sun dried tomato producing company very close to Selcuk) i LOVE this story - and would love to meet the guy responsible. highway to hell is one of my fave accadacca somgs :-)

4:15 PM  
Blogger devinish said...

Ahh, I was meant to be vacationing in Istanbul right now. I decided to push it back for later in the summer...I was afraid it would be too rainy and still too cold in April.

11:45 AM  

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