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January 17, 2003 12:24 AM   Subscribe

What's that flag? Flags of the World is an awesome website full of all sorts of vexillological info. If you don't know your canton from your burgee, are trying to ID a strange flag, or learn the difference between the Stars and Bars (not the battle flag) and the Star-Spangled Banner, this is the site for you.
posted by Vidiot (17 comments total)

 
Dude! A Coloring book! I can finally correct Japan's flag and make it yellow.
posted by Stan Chin at 12:27 AM on January 17, 2003


Too bad they don't have a flagburning function to shock my patriotic netizens.
posted by ugly_n_sticky at 1:33 AM on January 17, 2003


I love you Stan Chin.

Thing I Learned Today: this is called the coat of arms. I thought it was called the seal. Real or malarkey?

In a similar vein, I've always been a fan of the logos developed for each of the Olympic games (summary of all Games since 1896 here, favorite logo is the mod Mexico68 logo here)
posted by WolfDaddy at 1:35 AM on January 17, 2003


Wow!

Who'd have thought that my little country (Wales) would have had so much vexillological history? -- I knew we had the coolest flag though...


Cool Post.
posted by couch at 2:25 AM on January 17, 2003


Serendipity. I was just thinking about making a new set of desktop icons using flags. Thanks for this great resource.
posted by iconomy at 5:11 AM on January 17, 2003


More vexillogical discourse can be found here.
posted by piskycritter at 5:15 AM on January 17, 2003


Can anyone find the link to that website where the guy wrote scathing commentaries on the flags of the world? I loved that site!
posted by Erasmus at 5:37 AM on January 17, 2003


This?
posted by iconomy at 5:53 AM on January 17, 2003


Oops. I meant to link to the post.
posted by iconomy at 5:56 AM on January 17, 2003


WolfDaddy,

Great link. My fav is the 1972 Munich games logo...swirly. And don't forget Waldi the mascot.
posted by thewittyname at 6:53 AM on January 17, 2003


I don't know I'm pretty partial to the 1928 Amsterdam logo.

Great post, thanks!
posted by Pollomacho at 7:00 AM on January 17, 2003


The Republic of Maryland
posted by stbalbach at 7:20 AM on January 17, 2003


Screw Maryland, long live Bong!
posted by Pollomacho at 7:31 AM on January 17, 2003


WolfDaddy, the FOTW site says: Following the adoption of the Constitution of 1787, Congress enacted a law confirming this design as the great seal of the United States. The obverse of the seal consists of the coat of arms

I never knew the seal had a back till your question piqued my curiosity and I found Greatseal.com. Interesting.
posted by Vidiot at 8:25 AM on January 17, 2003


That Munich logo hurts my eyes; I can't stand Op Art. Nifty site, WolfDaddy.

by the way, is there some rule that Olympic mascots have to be incredibly lame?
posted by Vidiot at 8:36 AM on January 17, 2003


Without referring to this link, and unless you are an Australian or a New Zealander, I dare you to pick either flag out in a line-up.

In other news, the Hawaii flag is a gem.
posted by hama7 at 4:40 AM on January 18, 2003


hama7, both flags have stars on them, and the Union Jack. New Zealands stars are red and five-pointed, I believe, whereas Australias stars are uh, more than five-pointed and white.

I remember what they look like because as a kid when learning all this stuff, I also like looking at the stars in the nighttime sky and so some sort of connection was made.

What do I win? :-)
posted by WolfDaddy at 5:46 AM on January 18, 2003


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