The U.S. Postal Service is required by law to fly the POW-MIA flag anytime they fly the American Flag. postal-reporter.com/blog/…
The reason so many African flags have green, yellow and red is because of the Ethiopian flag; as one of the few independent African nations during the colonial period, the new countries of Africa looked to them for inspiration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan…
That, in America, before TV was on 24 hours, there was a nightly sign off where the Star Spangled Banner was played and an image of the American flag was shown before the TV cut to static. nytimes.com/2019/10/30/ar…
The flag patches on a soldier’s uniform are reversed to mimic a real flag that if being carried into battle would flow backwards in the wind when marching forward into battle. If it were displayed normally it would look like the soldier was retreating. businessinsider.com/why-t…
The Indonesian flag is the nearly the same as the Dutch flag, but with the bottom third and blue strip removed. After 138 years of Dutch rule, youths removed a Dutch flag tore off the blue strip and re-hoisted it as an Indonesian flag in 1945 (War of Independence 1945-1949) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
At Six Flags Darien Lake in 2011, a double amputee war veteran died after being ejected from a rollercoaster. Investigators ruled it the ride attendant's fault for not adhering to the rules requiring riders to have both legs. smartadvocate.com/News/Bl…
The classic peace symbol was designed by super-imposing the semaphore (flag) signals of the letters N and D which are to represent 'Nuclear Disarmament'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
In 2004, 260 ships were sailing under the flag of Mongolia, despite Mongolia being a landlocked country with no access to the sea globalpolicy.org/componen…
There’s actually 14 non-quadrilateral flags still in use today wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o…
The first recorded pizza delivery was in 1889 to Queen Margherita of Savoy. Reportedly, she was tired of courtly fare and requested a local peasant meal; they delivered a white, green, and red pie to symbolize the newly unified Italy's flag. She called it "delicious" and the rest is history. foodandwine.com/news/poli…
Cruise lines pay almost no taxes thanks to a maritime law loophole called "flags of convenience". Despite being headquartered in Miami, RCL and NCLH have all of their ships registered in the Bahamas. CCL has all of its ships registered in Panama. tourismconcern.org.uk/cru…
For the last 110 years the United States has been the only country that refuses to dip its flag when passing the host country during the Opening Ceremonies. In 1908 U.S. flag bearer, shotputter Ralph Rose, said "This flag dips to no earthly king.” He was what we would call an Irish activist. pri.org/stories/2016-08-0…
In Denmark, it is legal to burn the Danish flag, but it's illegal to burn foreign flags. The law for the latter is rarely enforced, with the last conviction being in 1936. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Today I learned about the Serapis Flag (aka the Franklin Flag), a US flag designed by Ben Franklin and John Adams before news had reached them of the official US flag. It consisted of 13 eight-pointed stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red, white, and blue stripes. revolutionary-war-and-bey…
The flag of the Philippines is flown with the red side on the upper side in times of war and the blue side on the upper side during times of peace. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Saudi Arabia accidentally printed history textbooks showing Yoda sitting next to the king as he signed the UN charter. The artist says he paired up both of them because Yoda’s green skin and green lightsaber matched the green of the Saudi flag. The artist denied placing it in history books. telegraph.co.uk/news/2017…
One of the six flags in Six Flags is the Confederate flag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
Finland's air force still uses swastika symbol as unit emblems, unit flags and decorations even on uniforms. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Even though the country of Serbia is currently a republic with no royal family, their national seal and flag still retain the Serbian royal crown from the former Kingdom of Serbia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
The β€˜X’ shaped Confederate flag was no more than a battle flag and never the adopted flag of the confederacy. snopes.com/fact-check/con…
The 98th Illinois Regiment, part of General William T. Sherman's 23rd Army Corps, made their Corps battle flag from captured Confederate flags from the southern arsenal in Macon, Georgia, during Sherman's famous March to the Sea historical.ha.com/itm/mil…
The National League of Families POW/MIA Flag is the only flag other than the US flag to have flown over the White House and is the only flag ever to be displayed in the Rotunda en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
That’s the pilot of Gilligan’s Island was filmed on the day of JFK’s assassination. Even after hearing this news, they continued filming and when they shot the Minnow’s departure scene, all the flags were at halfmast en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Hawaii was never actually a part of the British Empire, a British flag was given as a gift of friendship in 1793 to King Kamehameha I. It flew as Hawaii's sole flag until 1816, when red, white and blue stripes were added. It has remained a part of the flag ever since as a symbol of friendship. bbc.com/news/magazine-358…
Six Flags used to stage mock Union-spy executions in their Confederate-themed area en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
It is not difficult to get a flag that flew over the US Capitol- Workers raise about 200 to 500 flags a day on the three designated poles for about 30 seconds each to fly over 100,000 flags a year. 10,000 were flown on July 4, 1976, alone for the US Bicentennial. bu.edu/washington/2006/10…
The countries of Liechtenstein and Haiti used the same flag for nearly century, a fact that was only discovered when the two nations met during the 1937 Summer Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
The Futurama Cast Did a Cover of Punk Rock Band, Black Flag's "TV Party" (Henry Rollins) youtube.com/watch?v=wuUo9…
Today I learned of a sociological theory that posits most Americans are believers of a "civil religion" - which enshrines sacred symbols such as the flag, claims America's prosperity is due to divine providence, and idolizes soldiers and veterans as martyrs for a higher American purpose en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Considered to be the first national flag of the US, the Grand Union Flag had the 13 alternating red and white stripes, but the upper inner corner featured the flag of the Kingdom of Great Britain. Other names for the flag are Continental Colors, Congress Flag, Cambridge Flag, First Navy Ensign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Mississippi had no official state flag from 1904 to 2001 due to a legislative oversight. In 1906, Mississippi repealed all general laws that were not reenacted by the new code. The flag statute was inadvertently omitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The 13-star American flag attributed to Betsy Ross was just one of many designs that fit the Continental Congress’ resolution that the flag have β€œthirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field” 1stdibs.com/introspective…
The proper way to dispose of an American flag is to burn it and bury the ashes countryliving.com/life/a4…
Georgia has had 8 flags in its history. The most of any state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The NAACP for eighteen years flew a huge flag over its New York headquarters stating, β€œA Man Was Lynched Yesterday.” In the wake of the lynching of Jesse Washington. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_m…
The flag of Liechtenstein was changed after they realized their flag was identical to Haiti's flag during the 1936 Summer Olympics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The confederate battle flag was a rejected design from a flag contest. It was adopted to prevent friendly fire incidents, because the official flag looked a lot like the US flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The Karamanid dynasty, a Muslim beylik (principality) that existed in Anatolia (present-day Turkey) from 1250-1487, used a blue Star of David on a white background for their flag en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kar…
The flag of the East India Company is said to have inspired the Grand Union Flag of 1775, ultimately inspiring the current flag of the United States. Mysorean rockets were also used in the Battle of Baltimore, and are mentioned in The Star Spangled Banner: "And the rockets' red glare..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
The flag in the opening credits of Gilligan's Island is at half-mast because of the Kennedy assassination. metv.com/lists/21-of-the-…
The "Betsy Ross" of the Iowa flag, Dixie Cornell Gebhardt, was born "Jim Dick" Cornell. Named after a horse owned by her father. Mercifully, her mother called her 'Dixie'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix…
Kira Roessler (bass player for punk band Black Flag) is an Emmy-winning dialogue/ADR editor (Game of Thrones, John Adams). emmys.com/bios/kira-roess…
During the Battle of Germantown, a little terrier was seen wandering between the American and British lines; British General Lord Howe's dog had gotten loose. It was taken to Washington to keep as a trophy, instead he fed and brushed him, and formally returned the dog under a flag of truce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The modern display of the confederate flag is not what was flown by the majority of soldiers of the Confederate States of America, but is the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
YouTuber Bart Baker ran for president in 2016 and announced his campaign by putting up a billboard in Times Square of himself riding a hoverboard with a suit top and boxer shorts with the American flag on them. digitaljournal.com/a-and-…
-that the first flag to be raised in Berlin was a Polish one! raised by the polish signal corps whom were part of the red army advance in Berlin! outono.net/elentir/2017/0…
The flag of West Virginia is the only US State flag with crossed rifles, meant to illustrate the importance of the state's fight for liberty during the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Six Flags Theme Parks originally opened in 1961, and had a section of the park dedicated to The Confederacy because that is one of the Flags that once flew over Texas. youtu.be/MiME7Lr1MtY
In some countries, including the US flying a flag upside indicates a state of emergency or war. This among a few other things is called flag desecration en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The Alfred, formally known as the Black Prince, became the first vessel to fly the Grand Union Flag; the precursor to the Stars and Stripes that we know today. The flag was hoisted on the Delaware River by John Paul Jones and this event was documented in letters to Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Half of the men in the famous photo "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" were dead less than a week after the photo was taken. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Sindberg is virtually unknown in his home country of Denmark but considered a folk hero in China where he is estimated to have saved 20.000 during the Nanjing massacre. Armed only with the Danish flag he held off the Japanese from entering the makeshift shelter he set up in a cement factory. thenanjinger.com/news/nan…
The bear on the flag of California was based off of Monarch the California grizzly bear. He was captured in 1889 as a publicity stunt spearheaded by newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. He lived out the last 22 years of his life in captivity as one of the very last of his kind. sfgate.com/news/article/C…
The Nepalese constitution contains an annex in which the geometric construction of the flag is explained in 24 points. servat.unibe.ch/icl/np010…
When animals are depicted on flags, they face left (the hoist) by default as they would in the wind en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
When Danes living under Prussian rule was banned from flying the Danish flag, they bred a special red pig, with white stripes resembling Dannebrog, as a protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
4 years ago 16 year old Korean Pop star Chao Tzuyu of TWICE released a video apology for waving a Taiwanese flag during a show of JYP Entertainment. The reactions in Taiwan "may have widened the opposition's victory margin by 1%... gaining a majority in parliament for the first time". youtu.be/6Edmbqjum8w
An American called Gilbert Bates marched across England after the civil war carrying an American flag on a bet of 1000 dollars that he wouldnt be insulted along the way. He couldnt get to London because of the crowds who supported him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
Dominica and Nicaragua are the only two nations in the world to have the color purple included in their national flags. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
There were two versions of the Japanese Rising Sun flag--one with the sun centered (Imperial Army) and off-center (Imperial Navy). Both are seen as symbols of domination and are generally considered insulting in parts of China, Korea, and other parts of East Asia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ris…
When George Washington died in 1799, the British Royal Navy was ordered to lower their flags to half mast. The London Morning Chronicle opined that β€˜The whole range of history does not present to our view a character upon which we can dwell with such entire and unmixed admiration’. historytoday.com/archive/…
"Louie Louie" has been covered by The Beach Boys, The Kinks, Jim Morrison, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Blondie, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, The Stooges, Joan Jett, Motorhead, Black Flag, Iggy Pop, and Toots & The Maytals en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
The vertical line in the Peace Sign represents the flag semaphore signal for the letter D, and the downward lines on either side represent the semaphore signal for the letter N. β€œN” and β€œD”, for nuclear disarmament, enclosed in a circle. britannica.com/story/wher…
The red flag, when used by pirates, came to mean "no quarter given", meaning that no mercy would be shown, and no life would be spared, while a black flag usually meant that those who surrendered without a fight would be allowed to live. owlcation.com/humanities/…
When the Six Flags Over Texas theme park opened in 1961, it had a section dedicated to the Confederacy where actors would hunt through the crowd for Union "spies" and "execute" them by firing squad, and where boys and girls could sign up to defend the South as soldiers and nurses. dallasnews.com/news/news/…
The island of Malta was awarded the George Cross by King George the 6th during WW2 for the people of Malta displaying heroism and devotion during a siege on the island by the Axis powers. The medal to this day is incorporated in Malta's national flag. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awa…
The Confederate States' Flag actually looks like the Betsy Ross Flag. The flag most believe to be the "Confederate Flag" is actually one of the Confederate Battle flags. britannica.com/topic/flag…
The Beijing 2008 Olympic torch made a peaceful procession through North Korea. Thousands of cheering people lined the 12-mile route through the capital, Pyongyang, waving pink paper flowers and small flags with the Beijing Olympics logo and chanting: "Welcome, welcome" theguardian.com/world/200…
Today I learned about the American Revolution's Pine Tree Flag which featured the words "An Appeal to Heaven." It was one of a few different flag designs used for the new nation during the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
From 1975 to 1998, a version of the Confederate battle flag appeared in the coat of arms and flag of Americana, SΓ£o Paulo, a city settled by Confederate expatriates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mod…
The Flag of Mozambique features an AK-47. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The white flag of surrender had been adopted independently by multiple civilizations because it was often improvised from cheap fabrics on hand. history.com/news/when-did…
The National flag of Nepal is the only non-quadrilateral national flag in the world. britannica.com/topic/flag…
The legendary pirate Blackbeard had a flag that depicted a skeleton piercing a human heart with one hand and toasting the devil in the other hand against a black background. ocean.si.edu/human-connec…
The symbol on the flag of Kyrgyzstan is what you see when you look up while inside a yurt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The sale of condoms in the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag won a public health award in 2005 for the initiative's success in improving safe sex practices among young Indigenous people. abc.net.au/news/2005-11-1…
One of the last grizzly bears in CA was captured in 1889, brought to San Francisco as a publicity stunt, then spent 22 years on display in a concrete cell in Golden Gate Park. After he died, 1200-lb β€˜Monarch’ was stuffed, again put on display, and became the bear depicted on CA’s state flag. scpr.org/programs/take-tw…
The quarantine flag, also called the β€œYellow Jack”, is an international signal flag that was last flown during the 2002-03 SARS outbreak. The flag is flown from a ship that is either arriving in port with known serious health problems or that has been placed under quarantine. maritimeprofessional.com/…
The American flag deployed on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission was inserted only seven inches deep and was placed about 27 feet from the Eagle landing craft. As a result, it was blown over by the blast of the rocket exhaust during the takeoff back to Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lun…
The American flag planted on the Moon by Apollo 11 was knocked over by the exhaust of the ascent stage engine as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the moon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Famous "Soviet flag over Reichstag" photo, was doctored because the soldier holding the flag was wearing 2 watches. Photographer erased the watch on his right arm because he thought soldier had looted items from dead Nazi soldiers, which was a punishable offence. vox.com/videos/2018/10/2/…
Liechtenstein's flag was once identical to Haiti's, but Liechtenstein did not realize this until delegations from the two countries met at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Liechtenstein added a crown to their flag in 1937 in response. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie…
The Stars on the Largest American Flag Ever Produced Were 17ft Tall A Piece kogalla.com/blogs/news/th…
Today I learned of Bo-Taoshi, a sport played in Japan with 2 teams of 75 players each. The goal is to try and steal the flag of the opposing team. Absolute mayhem erupts shortly after the game starts with dozens of pumped-up players jumping on top of each other to reach the top of the flagpole. listerious.com/weirdest-s…
Today I learned of Konstantinos Koukidis, the Greek sentry on duty when the German Army reached the ancient Acropolis during their 1941 invasion. He was ordered to lower the Greek flag and raise the Nazi one but instead he lowered the Greek flag, wrapped himself in it, and jumped to his death from the rock. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kon…
A young cadet grabbed the Mexican flag, wrapped it around himself and jumped off the castle point to prevent the flag from falling into enemy hands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Harlon block, a marine who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, died a few days after the famous photo of the event was taken. He was misidentified for 2 years. However, his mother had immediately recognised him in it, saying β€œI’ve changed so many diapers on that boy’s butt, I know it’s my boy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rai…
Despite not being neighboring countries, Slovak and Slovenian are often confused for each other. Many political leaders have referred to leaders as being from the other country than they are from, and their national anthem and flags sometimes get confused for the wrong country. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
Burkina Faso meaning β€œland of incorruptible people” used to be called The Republic of Upper Volta after the Volta river with its flag representing the 3 main tributaries: the Black, White, and the Red Volta. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
The smallest national flag ever created had an area of 0.697 square micrometers and was a Canadian flag. You'd need an electron microscope to see it. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about Medal of Honor recipient William H Carney, the first black soldier to earn the award for heroic actions at the battle of Fort Wagner in the US Civil War. Though shot 4 times, he refused to relinquish the 54th Massachusetts Flag, stating later, "Boys, the old flag never touched the ground" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The flag of Zeeland in the Netherlands has a lion in the waves and represents the region's constant struggle against the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The US flag code is not just a set of guidelines, it is actually federal law. But, while it is the law, it is not enforced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
16 US states have flags for their governors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
After the cancellation of the 1944 Olympics, Polish prisoners of war being held in the Nazi Oflag II-C POW camp staged their own unofficial Olympics games. They made their own flag from a bed sheet, an opening ceremony was held and even a commemorative stamp was printed by the camp post office. history.com/news/the-olym…
Six Flags Amusement Park is named that way because of the 6 different flags that have governed over the state of Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. The first Six Flags park was Six Flags Over Texas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six…
During the filming of the Sound of Music, the city of Salzburg refused to allow Nazi flags to be hung off buildings for filming. The director threatened to instead use real newsreel footage of the city enthusiastically greeting Hitler. The city quickly backpedalled and allowed the shot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Any of the "little ships" that participated in the Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 are permitted to fly a specific flag- the Admiralty Flag with the Arms of Dunkirk superimposed. Known as the "Dunkirk Jack", only small craft that participated in the evacuation may fly it. adls.org.uk/t1/
Between 1933 and 1935, Germany had a dual flag arrangement to reflect the structure of the government. One flag was the Nazi party’s swastika, and the other was a version of the old tricolour of the former German Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…

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