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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Orange Prize Flags from Double Dare 1986-1993


Double Dare the Nickelodeon game show for kids was an 1980s mega-bomb of super, silly, slimy fun!  It had that ubiquitous 1980s rock, electro-guitar riff.  After the initial playoff round of two teams of questions and dares, the winning team had an opportunity to run an obstacle course of eight challenges.  With each obstacle was an bright orange flag that they had to grab, in order to claim the prize.


The host of Nickelodeon's Double Dare was Marc Summers, a friendly all American brand from Indiana.  In this photo Summers is describing the obstacle course and pointing out where some of the flag are, as kids do, they often forget to grab to the flag and listen to directions!






Kids had 60 seconds to get all eight flags.  It happened every so often.  You can blame Double Dare for all the wacky adult physical challenge games that would later absorb the TV airwaves of the early and mid Mighty-20 ohs.














Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Colorado Skier on the Colorado Flag


Skiing in Colorado was written into its very nature. You can see the skier in a red ski suit, yellow hat, and blue skis.  The white poles are for added effect!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Flags from Happy - Documentary Film 2011


In 2011 the family documentary movie Happy was released.  It promoted that inner happiness is important, more so than external happiness.  Its been said many times over and over, but many people obsess over external pursuit of happiness.  There is a baseline need for external happiness, but internal happiness is paramount.

 The film has a short segment about happiness in school.  A motivational speaker at Benicia Middle School, talks about how poorly people treat other, and is able to get a few bullied kids to bear their soul.  Showing that their bravery to speak candidly in front of their peers is important, and takes real courage.
 Here a few men in Bhutan relax while doing archery and have flags in the background set up.
Here an elderly person in a wheel chair has US flag attached to the side.  Although he is alone and feeding the birds, he raises his hands in the air to feel the happy.









Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mac Tonight 1990 Party Celebration Flag - Old Fashioned Value!

A unique flag appears during a McCommercial that is pink.  It jumps out of a New Year's Day party kazoo. 


Also a flag banner is raised by balloons that advertises 2 for the price of 1.


























Saturday, April 22, 2017

Squirrel Fort Flag from Aqua Teen Hungerforce





In an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, Meatwad and Shake are evicted from the sleeping quarters to the living room.  A makeshift fort with grey electrical tape marks the border of their new space within the house.  Of vexillological importance is the red Squirrel Flag, that hangs near the top.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vexilloids In Jesus Christ Super Star 1973




Vexilloids appear in Jesus Christ Super Star 1973, a musical that mingled Hippies and faith, with sing and dance.  The golden finials of the circle, crossbar, and eagle can be seen.  Remember, the polar opposite of fear is faith.



Saturday, April 15, 2017

Vexilloids in Bonnie Tyler's Video for Total Eclipse of the Heart - 1983


A silver-blue vexilloid like veil appears in the opening sequence.  Also as Tyler walks though the empty corridor of the soul, red vexilloids can be seen flowing in the doorways.  The video can be variously interpreted, but the core theme of sadness bound to love, becomes apparent at love's temporal loss.  But love's loss, can open the door to a higher calling.


The loss of love on the deepest levels will cause the soul to stop, ponder, and search the abyss.  It is a sober moment of reflection that transforms lives.  When love's loss hits a large group, a candle light vigil is the natural echo of its wake.  

The creators of the video effectively demonstrate the empty corridors of the heart upon love's transmutation to spirit.   

The livery of the school in the video can be seen on the facings of the boys at attention.  Mostly pink and grey, but one boy has blue facings who triggers a fractured valley in Tyler's heart.

A heart wrenching song that has a heart wrenching, mysterious video - that is part movie, part fantasy, part parable.  It effectively captures the shattered mind and heart, that lay upon the path of the eclipsed heart.