DISCLAIMER: This FFF is inspired by (completely ripped off from) the fortnightly ‘About the House’ newsletter of the Australian House of Representatives. This week’s question comes in the wake of a rare event in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, in which Member for Brighton Kemptown, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, picked up the Mace and attempted to remove it from the Chamber. This prompted quite a few … Continue reading FFF – Non potes tangere
Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, taking over the White House after John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. He was well known for being the President who lead the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, Civil Rights Act of 1968 the appointment of the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, the creation of food stamp programs and … Continue reading FFF – “Jumbo”
In the whacky world of old laws, there is one that seems quite odd; lèse-majesté. This law means that it is illegal to insult a head of state, or in some cases a flag or a country itself. This is currently the case in Italy, Poland and Switzerland and used to be in Germany until Jan 1, 2018. In Poland, there were two cases of individuals … Continue reading FFF – Lèse-majesté
This includes two facts, one about Nazi’s and another about planes. The sacred tradition of the Olympic Torch, now ubiquitous with the opening ceremony and an amazing struggle from the ruins of Athens to the home nation, does not have the same rosy origin story as you’d expect. The Olympic Torch ceremony began in 1936 for the Berlin Olympic Games, sold as an old Greek … Continue reading FFF – The Olympic Torch
In the UK every TV must be covered with a TV license by the government to allow someone to watch or record content and to watch BBC on iPlayer or any device. Thus, the government is able to tell how many people have TVs and how many TVs of each kind of still around. Weirdly, this revealed that despite half of the UK’s TVs having … Continue reading FFF – Black and White TV still reigns
Each year in Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz runs an annual Camel Festival, a celebration and showcase of everything camel, featuring 30,000 camels over an entire month! The main attraction of the festival is the “Miss Camel” beauty contest, with a prize of 20 million Riyal ($7.22m AUD) for the winning camel. This has pushed some camel owners to consider cheating as a way to secure the … Continue reading FFF – Camel Beauty Competition Cheaters!
Did you know that the City of Melbourne has its own flag? Me neither, and I think it is because it’s one of most misdesigned flags. For those who have never seen it before, it looks like this: It is made up of four quadrants, separated by the cross of Saint George, with the Royal Crown in the middle to symbolise the monarchy. In the … Continue reading FFF – The City of Melbourne Has a Flag