Ohio’s flag has no square corners – and not one pointy end, like a pennant, but two.
Even a road map has four 90-degree corners to work with. As do the flags of each and every one of the 49 other states, by the way.
It is quite a challenge.
Particularly when you consider the rules that Weinstock established for the brain teaser. The procedure would take two people and be completed with precisely 17 folds.
The first specification was practical. The second was symbolic: Ohio was the 17th state to join the Union.
The American flag, while we’re on the subject, folds 13 times, representing the original 13 colonies, and into a triangle – a tip of the hat to the head wear that the Blue coats wore in the American Revolution.
But transforming a rectangle into a triangle is child’s play compared with the geometric gymnastics of getting a swallow-tail strip of fabric into a neat rectangle. Emphasis on neat.
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What happened to people and the respect for the flag? On Dec. 4, the Color Guard marched in the Christmas parade in Millsboro, which we led with the colors. While marching along, it seemed no one saluted the flag. The worst part was that even the men and women in uniform (police officers and firemen) didn’t even come to attention as we passed. The proper thing to do is take your hat off and hold your right hand over your heart, or salute if you are in uniform while standing.
So many people just sat there and watched us go by. How do you expect your children to learn the respect for the flag if you do not teach them what to do? A lot of good men fought for the freedom we have, so show respect for the flag the next time it passes by you in a parade.
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