Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Wrong" State Flags (Some With Heraldry)

There's an illustrated article on the Washington Post website by Alexandra Petri and posted on June 23, 2015 whose title really caught my eye:

Every state flag is wrong, and here is why

In the article, Ms. Petri illustrates each of the fifty state flags in the United States and then humorously pokes fun at them.  A few examples follow, beginning with my own state of Texas:

“You mean this isn’t taken yet?” Texas asked. “How is this not taken? This was literally the first thing I thought of.”

While several state flags have heraldry on them, some are more blatantly rip-offs of other heraldry.  North Dakota's flag, for example:

“Shhh, if we put a big crown on the top and write ‘NORTH DAKOTA’ on the bottom, no one will notice that we stole this entire design from the Seal of the United States.”

And then, of course, there's Virginia:

"Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, Virginia happened. Virginia, do you know there’s a dead guy on your flag? 'Yeah,' Virginia says, shrugging nonchalantly. 'That’s what we do to tyrants here. Kill them, and then we pose for pictures on their corpses.' Don’t mess with Virginia."

If you'd like to see the rest of the state flags - heraldic, quasi-heraldic, and non-heraldic - along with her comments, please feel free to visit the Washington Post website at

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