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A Cellphone's Missing Dot Kills Two People, Puts Three More in Jail
Gizmodo ^ | Apr 21 2008 | Staff

Posted on 04/22/2008 9:00:37 AM PDT by forkinsocket

The life of 20-year-old Emine, and her 24-year-old husband Ramazan Çalçoban was pretty much the normal life of any couple in a separation process. After deciding to split up, the two kept having bitter arguments over the cellphone, sending text messages to each other until one day Ramazan wrote "you change the topic every time you run out of arguments." That day, the lack of a single dot over a letter—product of a faulty localization of the cellphone's typing system—caused a chain of events that ended in a violent blood bath (Warning: offensive language ahead.)

The surreal mistake happened because Ramazan's sent a message and Emine's cellphone didn't have an specific character from the Turkish alphabet: the letter "ı" or closed i. While "i" is available in all phones in Turkey—where this happened—the closed i apparently doesn't exist in most of the terminals in that country.

The use of "i" resulted in an SMS with a completely twisted meaning: instead of writing the word "sıkısınca" it looked like he wrote "sikisince." Ramazan wanted to write "You change the topic every time you run out of arguments" (sounds familiar enough) but what Emine read was, "You change the topic every time they are ***king you" (sounds familiar too.)

Emine then showed the message to her father, who—enraged—called Ramazan, accusing him of treating his daughter as a prostitute. Ramazan went to the family's home to apologize, only to be greeted by the father, Emine, two sisters and a lot of very sharp knives.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: cellphone; dot; turkey
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1 posted on 04/22/2008 9:00:37 AM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket
Must have been one of those Chinese cell phones...


2 posted on 04/22/2008 9:04:48 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: forkinsocket

“The local press has pointed out that the faulty localization of cellphones in Turkey is causing “serious problems” when it comes to certain “delicate words” in Turkish, and they are calling to enhance localization of technology to avoid these mistakes.”

Uh... maybe Muslims should simply be less insane and that would solve the problem...?

Just a guess.


3 posted on 04/22/2008 9:05:24 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: forkinsocket
"Emine then showed the message to her father, who—enraged—called Ramazan, accusing him of treating his daughter as a prostitute."

A prostitute that couldn't stay on topic no less.

4 posted on 04/22/2008 9:06:00 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: forkinsocket

prolly what he ment to say anyway.


5 posted on 04/22/2008 9:06:40 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: bolobaby
Uh... maybe Muslims should simply be less insane and that would solve the problem...?

Bingo!

6 posted on 04/22/2008 9:09:11 AM PDT by PeterFinn (Charlton Heston & Ronald Reagan - my two favorite Presidents.)
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To: forkinsocket

Yep. Cell phones are EVIL.


7 posted on 04/22/2008 9:11:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

When Engrish turns deadly...


8 posted on 04/22/2008 9:13:11 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: Joe 6-pack
Alternatively, the press could ask for banning knives from the homes of demonstrably stupid people

LOL...

9 posted on 04/22/2008 9:15:20 AM PDT by fml (So?)
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To: avg_freeper
Those are the worst kind, no doubt.

Uh.... I've heard.

10 posted on 04/22/2008 9:15:58 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: forkinsocket

Just like we were taught in elementary school, don’t forget to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.


11 posted on 04/22/2008 9:18:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: forkinsocket

It’s time the UN decreed that the entire globe must use the English language exclusively.


12 posted on 04/22/2008 9:19:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Yes, for the children!


13 posted on 04/22/2008 9:23:49 AM PDT by karnage
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To: forkinsocket

Satan giggles.....


14 posted on 04/22/2008 9:32:26 AM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: bolobaby

I agree. You don’t hear about Episcopalians evicerating their son-in-law’s because they dropped a dot. Even if they didn’t, the maximum consequence would probably have been not getting a Christmas card, and not being able to come over for the Super Bowl party.

Eventually, we’ll all get it: Islam is a Pandemic which should be Eradicated.

How many times does ‘convert or die’ become the motive behind the crime before people wake up and understand that there isn’t much of a difference in philosophy between national socialism in Germany in the 30’s, and Islamic fundamentalism in the new century?


15 posted on 04/22/2008 9:38:11 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: dfwgator
Just like we were taught in elementary school, don’t forget to dot your i’s and cross your t’s.

Is that how it goes? All these years I've been dotting my tees and crossing my eyes!

16 posted on 04/22/2008 9:42:18 AM PDT by Erasmus (Old Principals never die; they just lose their faculties.)
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To: RinaseaofDs
The problem lies with the wooly-headed morons we put into the colleges to teach over the last 40 years. Washed up 60’s hippies taught us “moral equivalancey” and that we should “tolerate” other cultures because, hey, we are all worth the same. My dad's high school history book, circa 1945, told you that America was superior to all other countries, that Western Culture was the only one worth emulating, and that any belief system that would kill over this kind of thing was full of idiots. When we started doing anything but laughing with a superior sneer at stories like this, we were cooked.
17 posted on 04/22/2008 9:52:11 AM PDT by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: 50sDad

Bingo.

“My dad’s high school history book, circa 1945, told you that America was superior to all other countries, that Western Culture was the only one worth emulating, and that any belief system that would kill over this kind of thing was full of idiots.”

It was worth stating again. If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything.

The bill coming due for the boomer generation is going to be a doozy. You’re already starting to see it:

1. Let’s grow our own gasoline! Wouldn’t that be great?
2. Let’s bail out those poor pilgrims that signed on the dotted lines for those houses they couldn’t afford.
3. Let’s not do nuclear. We may burn a hole in the planet that goes all the way to China. (Oh, we won’t? Nuclear is clean? Well, my bad. Just don’t do it within sight of my beach house, OK).
4. If we keep people from drilling for oil here in the US, then the price of gas will get so high free enterprise will have to do something about it, and that’s activism!

You have to hand it to them though, is there ANYONE, before or since, that’s been better at marketing? Truly, this is their legacy.


18 posted on 04/22/2008 10:18:52 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: forkinsocket
Modern technology.

It's not so easy after all.

19 posted on 04/22/2008 10:51:44 AM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Beijing 2008. Moscow 1980 Olympic Games for murdering regimes.)
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To: bolobaby
Uh... maybe Muslims should simply be less insane and that would solve the problem...?

This is all a plot by Isreal where the cell phone was invented.

20 posted on 04/22/2008 11:19:41 AM PDT by fella (Is he al-taquiya or is he murtadd? Only his iman knows for sure.)
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To: forkinsocket

Does anyone in that part of the world ever give anyone else the benefit of the doubt without flying off the handle?


21 posted on 04/22/2008 11:47:30 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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