Greek Facts

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Ancient Greeks believed that redheads turned into vampires after they died.
The word "gorilla" comes from a Greek word that means "a tribe of hairy women".
In the 1830s, a Greek prime minister tried to spread the potato in Greece but people weren't interested so he put armed guards in front of shipments of potatoes so people would think they were important. People then started stealing these potatoes so much that the crop spread to all of Greece.
Allegedly, Chrysippus, the Greek philosopher, died of laughter after getting his donkey drunk and watching it try to eat figs.
In Turkish, the bird we call a Turkey is called "Hindi" ("from India"). In India, it's called "Peru." In Arabic, the bird is called "Greek chicken"; in Greek it's called "French chicken"; and in French it's called "Indian chicken." The bird is indigenous to none of these places.
The word "clitoris" comes from the Greek word meaning "side of a hill".
The word "pornography" comes from the Greek meaning the "writings of prostitutes."