TriviaQ. Who cut the American flag into pieces and was
honored for doing it?
A. Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag
scattered at the North Pole.
Q. Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside
A. Yes, but only in an emergency. It means
"Help Me, I am in Trouble!"
Q. What is done with worn or outdated flags?
A. Flags are used until they are worn out and
then they are destroyed, preferably by burning.
Q. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The
Star-Spangled Banner" on the back on an envelope. What is the
source of the music for it?
A. The music is from an old English drinking song
called "To Anacreon in Heaven."
Q. The American flag first flew over a foreign
fort in what country?
A. Libya -- over Fort Derne, on the shores of
Q. A vexillologist is an expert in what?
A. The history of flags.
Q. "Shipwreck" Kelly (1885-1952) was
famous for sitting for long periods of time. What did he have to do with
A. He set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat
for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of
over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze
started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.