From Mike Causey's columns:
2007-01-11 (last page)
The Nearly Useless Factoid
In days gone by, Turkish bridegrooms had to promise that they would always provide their new wives with coffee. If they didn't, it was (brace for punning speed) grounds for divorce.
2007-01-14 (last page):
And from Stanley at VA comes of another Turkish wedding tradition. "They consider opals bad luck as wedding gifts. You give your bride diamonds, emeralds or rubies, but..." (brace for punning speed again) "in Istambul they can't stand an opal."