Only in the (fill in country). Any amusing facts/trivia about your country?

@super_jj (1417)
Philippines
November 17, 2008 6:51pm CST
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace or war. A portion of the flag is blue, while the other is red. The blue portion is flown on top in time of peace and the red portion is flown in war time. - from http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/g-triv.html I do know that our flag is raised in different ways in time of peace and war, but i didnt know that it is the only flag raised that way. Cool. Any trivia/amusing facts about your country that you want to share with myLotters?
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
18 Nov 08
Hi suprejj well this is a very interesting piece of information that you have here...I did not know that in the Phillipines they fly thier flag both ways symbolically.... But in my country India this is not allowed.And during our last independence day celebration,where there was a flag hoisting ceremony,a minister respectfully hoisted the national flag amidst much fanfare.But later he realised the flag was flying upside down,and he immedialtey sacked the person responsible for the mistake,for insulting the flag.......
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Hello. Yeah, i heard that in most countries, it is considered as sign of disrespect if their flags are raised the wrong way.
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
Actually my country also not allowed it's people to fly the flag in that way. I came to know that it brings the meaning of the country in distress mood during the opening ceremony of 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. When, the China team makes a walk to the stadium, beside their flag bearer (Yao Ming) got one child carried the small China flag which turn upside down. And the commentator told the meaning of that action due to remember the recent earthquake that happened in China as it showing the nation in distress mood.
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@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Oh. Ok. Thanks for the additional info, corleone
• Malaysia
18 Nov 08
Do you mean the flag has been raised upside down? As far as I know, when the country's flag being flown upside down, it carries a meaning that the country is in the distress situation. This is what we know generally, but I'm not sure whether Philippines has a special meaning towards this matter.
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@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Here's a pic of our flag, hope it uploads properly. Hehehehe. In times of war, it is raised upside-down so that the red portion is on top of the blue one. It was raised upside-down during the wars before. I havent really personally seen it coz the war was over when i was born and there havent been any major wars yet.
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
18 Nov 08
Philippine flag - The "normal" way it is raised
Here's a pic of our flag, hope it uploads properly. Hehehehe. In times of war, it is raised upside-down so that the red portion is on top of the blue one. It was raised upside-down during the wars before. I havent really personally seen it coz the war was over when i was born and there havent been any major wars yet.
@mindym (979)
• United States
19 Nov 08
Something I found interesting...the Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean. Did someone do a taste test for that?!?!? Another thing is that Antarctica has an International dialing code...who are people calling? The Polar Bears? Lake Superior, one of the great lakes in the United States, is the largest body of fresh water in the world. Minnesota, the state I am from and currently reside in, is bordered by Lake Superior in the upper North East side (so MN is West of Lake Superior). Other states that are bordered by Lake Superior are Michigan and Wisconsin. Ontario, Canada is also bordered by this HUGE lake! Thanks for sharing =)
@super_jj (1417)
• Philippines
19 Nov 08
Haha. Yeah, maybe they interviewed the whales? Hehehehe. I heard about the International dialing code of Antarctica, I didnt really mind until you mentioned the Polar bears. Hehehehe It only sank in now. Well, maybe the Polar bears have personal phones. Heehee. I read about your amazing Lake Superior, too. I only saw it on tv and it really is huge. Thanks for sharing, too.