Tag Archives: vexillology

Pocatello, why?

So apparently the city of Pocatello has a flag.

And apparently it’s horrible.


It looks like a bumper sticker, what the fuck.

But luckily, we have the kind people on r/vexillology who gave it a redesign. But not without some scathing comments, of course:

  • How am I supposed to know how proud pocatellans are?????
  • This [the redesign] isn’t even trademarked, any dumbass can copy the flag now!
  • Not enough pride in this flag.
  • uncontrollable screaming
  • Oh my god, that is horrendous. A copyright on a flag that looks like a Windows 3.1 background is just next level.
  • we don’t talk about the last one…
  • *vietnam flashbacks intensify*

(I love flags, sorry)

Vexillologist? Here’s a site for you!

I love this. I’ve always really liked flags. I also didn’t realize how much more frequently the US flag’s been changed compared to pretty much every other flag. Freaking states.

I have a book on flags and flag families, but it’s pretty old. I used it for a speech class presentation in high school.

Edit: here it is! Copyright 2002. If you’re at all into flags, I’d recommend this book (an updated version, haha). It’s got a really nice layout and covers way more than just country flags.



The Logic of Lightening

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been a major slacker with respect to my This Week’s Science Blog posts. Sad day, huh?

This is mostly due to either:
a) just completely forgetting to do one, or
b) having difficulty finding a *recent* article that’s interesting enough to blog about.

So I decided I’m going to change things up a bit. Rather than have a weekly post dedicated to science, I’m broadening my horizons and starting a Weekly Wiki blog in which I find an interesting (or unusual or hilarious or all of the above) Wikipedia article and elaborate on it here for you. And see how many pages it takes me to get from that article to the “Pornography”  article.

Cool? Cool.

Let’s go!

This week’s Weekly Wiki: Vexillology. I’ll give you three guesses what a vexillologist studies.

Any guesses?
Bueller? Bueller?

Vexillology is the study of flags! HOW COOL?! According to Wiki, it is encompasses  “the creation and development of a body of knowledge about flags of all types, their forms and functions, and of scientific theories and principles based on that knowledge.”

I’ve always held a bit of an interest in flags and flag designs. Back in high school in our mandatory speech class I did my informative speech on the major flag color families. Color families, as you may have guessed, are groups of flags that are similar both in colors and (generally) geographic location. Color amilies include the Pan-African colors, the Pan-Arab colors, and the flags including the Nordic Cross.

Does flag design sound interesting to you? Check out this link. It’s like if Emily Post were vexillologist.