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// We’re doomed to keep writing about human flags//

It’s been quite a month for the human flag movement.

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As you’ll no doubt recall from our front-line reporting here at FlagHagz, Pakistan currently holds the record for largest human flag.

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Well, I guess Nepal read our intrepid post and figured they weren’t gonna have that, so hot on the heels of Pakistani Independence Day (how rude!), they went in for the kill and broke that goddamn record.

Here you go: Nepal’s 35,000-bodies-strong flag:

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A few things of note to explain why this is impressive (even though I still believe it’s a waste of time / resources):

1. Nepal’s flag, as you may know, is the only non-rectangular flag.

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Because it doesn’t fall into the confines of a simple rectangle, it seems much harder to coordinate humans into overlapping triangle shapes.

2. Nepal’s population is 27.8 million. Do you know what Pakistan’s population is??? 182 million.

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For Pakistan to have a 29,000 person flag, they used approximately .016% of their total population. For Nepal to have a 35,000 person flag, they used approximately .125% of their population. THAT’S INSANE. Nepal, I hope Guinness Book of World Records accepts your flag because the institution really means something (no, it doesn’t), but man. THAT IS INSANE.

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// There’s a new Motown//

My co-worker’s precocious kid Mo announced the establishment of her own sovereign town-state recently. As any autonomous political entity worth its salt sugar, spice, and everything nice, it has its own flag.  Behold, the flag of Mo-Town, pop. 1:

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*sniff* They grow up and become politically autonomous so fast.

Down with paternalistic rule, down with the nanny state! Long live a free and independent MoTown!

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// Human flags : Not really sure why we bother//

Singapore celebrated its National Day on Friday, commemorating its independence from Malaysia, hard-won in 1965.

And what better way to celebrate than a human flag?

Plus they took design liberties to add in a military-green border. How lovely.

This wasn’t the first time Singapore went in for  ol’ human-flag routine. According to some cursory and un-fact-checked research, they pulled this same stunt in 2007 and again in 2011. Those times they used umbrellas. This time was a much smaller contingent, not going for any record, just doin it for the love of the country.

I don’t know guys, who wore the one-tricky pony best??

Either way, it kind of makes you think Romania didn’t really give it their all when they unfurled the world’s largest flag.

How about the world’s largest HUMAN flag, Romania??? DID YOU THINK OF THAT?

Pakistan sure did, cause they hold the current record. The number to beat is 29.040 people. This is what 29,040 warm, patriotic bodies united for a totally useless worthwhile cause looks like:

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// A Flag from the Old Whirl//

The flag of Dawlada Daraawiish AKA ‘The Dervish State’, which covered territory in present-day Somalia and the neighboring regions from 1896-1920. 

One of the most non-traditional flag designs I’ve ever seen. I’m digging the fortified walls-within-walls motif.

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// Not a na(sa)zi flag//

Found outside the Museum for Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, NM.

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A sorta clever send up of the US flag with patterns from native weavings, BUT WAIT A MINUTE ARE THOSE WHAT I THINK THEY ARE?

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Yup. Closer inspection yields that those little yellow blobs in the lower canton are, indeed, swastikas. I guess I should have known that the swastika -  pretty common in pre-nazi folk art the world over (so simple, yet so snazzy!)- would have been used in the americas. Turns out that it represents the ‘four arms of destiny’ to the Hopi.


What do you think of the swasts and zags?

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