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Fascinating Flags

Vexillology is the research study of flags, which as soon as you discover how to pronounce it is an excellent little trivia understanding that you can typically win a club test with.

The flag includes a sheet bend knot which if you’re a sailor, or a rock climber or into Japanese rope chains is a truly convenient one to understand, or if you’re me, it’s respectable for arranging all those cables you have lying around.

Mentioning cruising, obviously the very first contemporary Olympics kept in 1896 were expected to consist of cruising; however, it was canceled due to extreme weather conditions. This isn’t a lot a fascinating truth as it is a smooth segue into among the world’s most identified flags:

The Olympic Flag was developed by the creator of the International Olympic Committee, Pierre de Coubertin.

Pierre de Coubertin was a quite fascinating person; in addition to kick-starting the whole contemporary Olympic motion, he also won a Gold Medal in Literature at the 1912 Olympics, and yes, I’m definitely severe, that was

a thing.

The issue was when all the competitors were ended up, and the closing event lastly rolled around, no one might discover ‘The Antwerp Flag’; therefore a brand-new one was produced the 1924 Paris Olympics.

This replacement flag was much better cared for, (which the IOC continued to call ‘The Antwerp Flag’ anyhow) and was effectively passed from city to city all the method as much as 1988 where it was retired and changed by the Seoul Flag.

It would not be up until 1997 when ex-Olympian Hal Haig Prieste was being talked to when the initial missing out on ‘Antwerp Flag’ showed up in discussion.

As it ends up, Prieste (who had actually been agitated by groupmate Duke Kahanamoku) had actually climbed up a 15ft flag pole and taken the flag as an Olympic moment for himself back in 1920.

His co-conspirator and groupmate Duke Kahanamoku was also a quite outstanding person. As being an unbelievable swimmer, he’s also thought about to be the dad of browsing, efficiently exporting the olden Hawaiian leisure activity to the rest of the world. Here he remains in Australia in 1914 providing the nation it’s very first ever surfing presentation, and consequently kicking of their love affair with the sport.

Okay, in plain agreement to that delighted little flag, this next flag is among the saddest, most poignant and politically charged flags We have actually ever encountered. Initially, some back-story:

In 1946 the United States started checking atomic bombs on Swimwear Atoll. (A couple of days later on designer Louis Reard would utilize the name for his brand-new ‘risque’ swimwear).

Before the screening, the regional citizens of Swimsuit Atoll were moved by the United States to Rongerik Atoll 200km away, (totally inappropriate and unoccupied for a continual living) Regardless of this range, throughout the screening, the fallout from the Castle Bravo test still fell on the citizens, who then suffered radiation illness.

By the time the United States was completed screening, Swimsuit Atoll was so polluted that residing on the island was difficult.

The regional Swimsuit citizens were once again moved to another island, this one even further away and simply a sixth of the size of swimwear, and without any lagoon which was important to their survival.