Archaeologists Unearth Pieces from a 5,000 Year-Old Board Game

While excavating an ancient burial mound at Başur Höyük near Siirt in southeast Turkey, archaeologists discovered a set of sculpted stones that may represent the earliest recorded gaming tokens. » 8/16/13 8:00am 8/16/13 8:00am

What if the Justice League defended the Ottoman Empire?

We've seen famous movies scenes depicted as Ottoman artwork before. And this series by Parisian artist Berk Senturk goes in a similar direction, but with mostly superheroes (and sundry other iconic science fiction and fantasy characters). Can you guess who the notables below happen to be? » 10/12/12 9:55am 10/12/12 9:55am

What do you do with the soil from your canal project? Why not build a…

Turkey has long considered the construction of a new canal, one that would connect the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and provide a safer route for tanker ships that currently navigate the Bosporus straits. But what do you do with the billion cubic meters of soil that you've dug out? Architect Dror Benshetrit has a… » 10/07/12 1:00pm 10/07/12 1:00pm

This is the worst death scene ever committed to film

From the 1974 Turkish martial arts flick Kareteci Kız ("Karate Girl") comes this particularly agonizing death sequence. It lacks the family friendliness of Homodi and Badi but certainly delivers thrills on par with the Turkish Rocky. [CDT Crew via MeFi] » 9/26/12 7:45pm 9/26/12 7:45pm

Stoned Polish E.T. and twenty more insane old European movie posters

Back in the day, Eastern European posters for English-language science fiction films sometimes rearranged the movies' plots, jigsaw-style. For example, the Hungarian posters for the Star Wars trilogy transformed Darth Vader's helmet into an unusually nefarious bundt cake pan. » 8/28/12 5:45pm 8/28/12 5:45pm

Famous science fiction movies, depicted as 16th century Ottoman…

For his graduation thesis, Istanbul artist Murat Palta mixed classic motifs from 16th century Ottoman miniatures with famous moments from Western cinema, including plenty of scenes from genre flicks. My favorite embellishment is the T-1000's stately mount. » 7/12/12 7:25am 7/12/12 7:25am

Turkish Star Wars action figures are gloriously awful

These aren't action figures depicting characters from the Turkish Star Wars (a.k.a. Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam or The Man Who Saved The World), but they're almost as great. Hailing from Turkey, these are Uzay action figures, an unabashed rip-off of Kenner's Star Wars line from the 1980s. » 3/26/12 9:25am 3/26/12 9:25am

Fantastical places around the world where you can live in a cave

You don't need to be an eccentric billionaire or rugged survivalist to take up residence in a cave. All around the globe, living in an rocky recess is just a fact of life and can be way more homey than any manmade structure. Here are some real estate destinations to investigate should you attempt to cultivate that… » 1/26/12 7:20am 1/26/12 7:20am