Friday, November 28, 2008

Yay, Flags of many lands™! Yay, round numbers!

A little lazy blogging on the biggest shopping day of the year, which I will spend busily not spending for the most part, because I'm mostly broke.

This handsome and simple geometric pattern is the flag of Greenland, and it marks flag #150 on the list of places with their own flags that have visited this blog since I started counting flags way back in April of last year, within a few weeks of starting the blog.

Yay, Greenland! Stay frosty, buddy!

Technically, some of the flags are not flags of nations but flags of protectorates or colonies or whatever, like Guam and Puerto Rico and Greenland, which was granted home rule but is still owned or ruled or whatever by Denmark.

There are still places with flags that haven't sent a single visitor to this blog, but the numbers are getting smaller and there's no promise the list will ever get to 200, so here's what the continental maps look like at 150 flags.

The continent of North America is covered completely. There are still some Caribbean islands who haven't visited, most notably Cuba, but those numbers are dwindling.

In South America, I've had no visitors from Guyana (formerly British Guiana) and French Guiana.

All the Spanish speaking countries: check.

Brazil: check.

Suriname: check.

In Europe, I'm missing some of the postage stamp sized countries, Liechtenstein, Andorra, San Marino and Vatican City and the islands of Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar. That's it.

In Asia, no visitors yet from North Korea, Myanmar and some of the Stans.

Also no love from the Paracel Islands or the Spratly Islands. Who knew?

Australia and New Zealand are covered. Still some Pacific islands with flag unaccounted for.

Africa is the continent where there is still the chance to pick up a bunch of flags, but whether the worldwide total will ever get to 200 is questionable.

Still, happy to make it to 150, another thing to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving weekend.


Padre Mickey said...

I've always believed that the Japanese flag was the coolest as it is a tribute to minimalism, but the flag of Greenland be very cool, too!

Matty Boy said...

For minimalism, you can't the Libyan flag, which is all green, but if you go with two colors, Japan is pretty close to the next simplest design.

I didn't even know Greenland had a flag until yesterday when the visitor showed up. I'm glad I had an excuse to put up a big version of it, because it looks great.

Jess Wundrun said...

Matty, Boy of the World.


FranIAm said...

You are the coolest!

If you were a woman, I could call you a flag hag. But you are not.

Distributorcap said...

considering greenland has 8 people -- that is pretty good.

i actually got someone from andorra once. only because it showed up in a feed.

some of the other postage stamp countries may go through a bigger one - like san marino and monaco.

and how cool are you - Namibia

Matty Boy said...

I'm with you, D-Cap. I had no clue there was anybody in Greenland with internet access. I half expected it would be an American stationed at Thule, but it was someone from a local Greenland ISP looking for pictures of... Amy Winehouse!

No fiction author could make up anything half as odd as the actual Internet.

Thanks to Jess and Fran for your kind words.