Saturday, February 24, 2018

Fact of the Day: Turkish Potatoes

Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdulmejid I considered giving Irish people a notable amount of aid during the Irish Potato Famine which eventually claimed over a million lives and the emigration of another million Irish people. British officials convinced him to lower that number drastically as it would have overshadowed a more modest amount from Queen Victoria. 

12 comments:

  1. How pitiful is that? Some things never change. I would dearly love to visit Turkey! All the best this weekend to you and Daisy!

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  2. Interesting detail! I just recently found out that tomatoes came to Europe from the States (to where they originally came from South America). I couldn't believe it! Also, I had no idea that basil was originally an Arabic spice! The world is full of surprises! Thank you for stopping by my blog, and leaving me such a kind comment :)

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    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://helsinkidragonfly.blogspot.fi/

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  3. And to think idiocy like this continues.

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  4. What a bunch of stick up their butt royal aholes

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  5. Ack! Even then, rulers are more concerned about their reputation than the people they ruled over:(

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  6. Well the Brits then had an Empire. Fancy the Turks upstaging the "Establishment". Wicked Sultan - tut tut.

    Bang Bang
    Colin

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  7. Wow! How sad is that that image takes priority over life.

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