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IN People ON 26 May, 2015
If ever Earth conquers an alien planet, we shall use this! Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate-to-be from the Beckmans College of Design in Sweeden has recently proposed a design for a flag for our planet. We take this opportunity to bring you some fascinating facts about flags!
Do you know that our planet earth has a flag? In May 2015, a Swedish artist Oskar Pernefeldt, officially proposed the International Flag of the Planet Earth. According to him it would serve two important purposes: a. To be used while representing Planet Earth and b. To remind the people of earth that we share this planet.
Talk about siblings resembling each other? Here are flags of two well know countries that look so similar that even their Prime Ministers got confused! The flags of Australia and New Zealand are so similar, the Prime Minister of Australia was greeted with the flag of New Zealand on a state visit to Canada in 1984.
If I were to ask you what do you see in the triangle in the flag below, what would you answer? A book, an axe or perhaps a star! A very few would answer an AK-47. Yup! You heard it right, there's an AK-47 on the National Flag of Mozambique.
The Virginia state flag is the only U.S. state flag to feature nudity.
In Denmark, it is illegal to burn foreign flags, but not illegal to burn the Danish flag.
Ever heard of Togo? It's a country in West Africa. What is interesting about the country's flag is that it's side lengths are in the golden ratio. For those of you wondering what a golden ratio is, just go to this link and start admiring the beauty of mathematics.
Yet another interesting fact about the flag of Denmark. It is the oldest flag currently in use, designed in 1219 and unchanged since then!
We all hear the phrase, "Grades don't matter!" Here is an example about the flag of the most powerful nation in the world- The United States of America. The American Flag was designed by a 17 year old boy as a high school class project for which he received a B-. Amusing isn't it!
We all have heard rumors about Apollo mission being faked. Well, assuming it was true here's a fact about the flag that was taken to the moon! The nylon American flag planted on the moon during Apollo 11 cost $5.50, was knocked over by exhaust from the Lunar Module's ascent, and is likely to have disintegrated by four decades of heat, UV rays and radiation.
Countries fight for land, they fight for oil or a resource. Ever heard countries fighting on who has the largest flag? Well here's an incident that will make you go ROFL: During truce talks between North and South Korea, both parties would try to bring a bigger national flag than the other to each meeting. This went on until a special meeting was called to address the size of the flags, as they could no longer fit in the room.
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