margin-top: 28px; The Unlikely Times: August 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Whose flag is that?

I'm always on the lookout for strange events, and they have a knack for showing up where I least expect them. During the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics, there was an odd comment when the team from Liechtenstein entered the stadium.

Apparently, in the opening ceremony of the 1936 Olympics, during the procession of the athletes, Liechtenstein found out that they had the same exact flag as Haiti. So the next year Liechtenstein added a small crown to their flag so they would be distinct once again.

I always wondered about all those flags that have just two or three stripes ... are they really all different? Turns out they weren't, but now they are, again.