Saturday, June 23, 2007

What's in a name?

In one Turkish village any letter addressed to Mustafa Baysal - a name shared by 42 of the 342 villagers - is opened and read aloud in the village square before being turned over to its proper recipient. The local headman, himself a Mustafa Baysal, says the problem of telephone calls has not yet been solved. When a call for one Mustafa Baysal comes in at the local Post Office, which has the only telephone in the village, all Mustafas line up at the phone to see which of them the call is for.