Flag/ Fan Friday LIBERIA (Geography Now!)

Hey everybody. Welcome back to Flag/Fan Friday. Hope you like the Liberia episode. Alright, first order of business I gotta fix some of the mistakes. I made in the video. Okay number one, the Pinyan footprint is NOT in Liberia. It’s in China. Not even remotely close to Liberia like I don’t know how that got in the video. Number two, in the opening I said that Liberia is one of the two African states that never got colonized. I should have specified a little bit more. I meant ‘not colonized’ by any Western or European power. Technically African Americans or the Americo-Liberians ‘colonized’ the country but it could also could be kind of seen as like repatriation. It really kind of depends on how you look at it. Also, I should have specified a little bit more when I was talking about the units of measurement. I meant to say it is one of the only three countries that does not use the metric system. Not all three. Myanmar, Liberia and US used the imperial system. Myanmar does not use the imperial system They use their own native units of measurement. For example a ‘Kawtha’ is about four fifths of a mile or 1.2 kilometers and a ‘Ngase Tha’ is about two pounds or 880 grams It’s it’s weird. It’s a weird system. Also, I didn’t expound on how there were a lot of violent acts during the civil war years. Everything from former President Charles Taylor escaping prison then being trained by the Gaddafi regime, capturing and torturing former president Doe to death and supposedly recording himself chewing on the severed ear of said former president and there was this guy, Joshua Milton Blahyi Also known as General ‘Butt naked’. He went into battle with his troops either naked or wearing Halloween Costumes or dresses to confuse the enemy. him and his troops practice a series of human sacrifice and cannibalism. I wish I was joking but these are actual documented incidents. Yeah, the 80s 90s and 2000’s were a crazy time. Oh that and lots of countries register their ships under Liberia to avoid taxes. Liberia is the second most popular flag of convenience after Panama in terms of foreign registration. And speaking of flags we got to jump into it so without further ado: Freed slave African-Americans, recolonizing a part of Africa. No other country has that kind of story. You’ll start to understand the flag a little bit more when we explain. So let’s jump into it. The flag of Liberia contains 11 alternating horizontal bars of red and white with a small blue square in the upper left or canton corner with a single white star in it. The red and white stripes stand for the 11 signatories of the Liberian Declaration of Independence as well as courage and moral excellence. White star represents the first western-style Republic in Africa whereas blue square represents the African continent The Flag closely resembles and was modeled after the United States as the country was founded and established by freed slaves mostly from the United States along with some in the Caribbean, funded by the American Colonization Society. Now that was cool and fun whatever yada, yada, yada. But one of the most fun and notable and symbolic images of Liberia would have to be the infamous County flags! I’m not even joking, this is what they look like! many vexillologist and design experts have kind of a hard time looking at them because they have… They portray a little bit of a what’s the nicest way I can put this ummm… They look kind of um childish in their aesthetic technique? For example: The odd unequally shaped trees of Bomi County. The Lofa County and its dismembered arm holding a rod and the gradient seems to overlap the fingers. The river coming out of the tree and floating trees in the sky for the River Gee county. There’s Maryland county’s lighthouse with random unequal light streaks and a floating roof. And this thing for Nimba County. Now of course, each of these flags has a reason and backstory behind the imagery so I get it. And I’m gonna be honest. I like these flags. I don’t care what the experts say. I think they’re kind of charming. But anyway yeah moving on. The Coat of Arms. The Coat of Arms contains a shield with a nineteenth-century ship representing the ships that brought the Americo-Liberians to the country. Under it is a plow and shovel representing dignity of Labor and Hardwork. The Rising Sun represents the birth of a new nation. The palm tree, which symbolizes prosperity. The white dove with a scroll meaning peace And above and below everything, two banners, the top reading “The Love of Liberty brought us here”. In the bottom reading ‘Republic of Liberia’. And keep in mind, both the flag and coat of arms have pretty much stayed the same since the country’s inception. Alright. So that’s pretty much about it. You know what time it is? Geogra-FANMAIL Time! So yeah, over the weeks, we got a lot stuff. By the way guys, before we go into this, you guys are totally free and welcome to send any kind of fan mail or letters or packages to any of the other people that have been on Geography Now. You can send stuff to Noah or Ken or Keith or Kaleb. You know my triple K guy of the KKK… Yeah I know. you can send anything to those guys as well. As usual, you know how we start? Letters and postcards! Filippo Thank you for sending this from mantova italy austin sends this from the bahamas air sends this from Budapest Hungary Thank You Lindsay from Delano, Florida lasse is from Slovakia And he sends us from Andorra Matt sends this from Switzerland Martha sends this from Riga Latvia I’m sorry. I can’t really quite read your name, but this is really cool. You sent it from Rajasthan India all this really cool I actually met this guy in Northern Ireland on my heritage trip funds. Who is Galician I believe think he sent this from southern Italy I got a letter from Denmark Hey, Barb’s. We are two Danish girls Anya and goun goun goun Yeah, good luck trying to brown snake. Okay. Yeah, she actually wrote that. Here’s some more foreign currency We got it from our parents travels You said you got these from your parents travels like did you get their permission to send these and Danish flags? All right well You know what I’m gonna have to do this for the rest of the episode Sam from Israel obviously Sends an Israeli flag, and he also sends this it’s called a rock on which is like a MetroCard You can use to get on public transportation. I believe route from Lithuania since a Lithuanian flag, okay? This is pretty cool. Robbie was Syrian but lives in Belgium He sent this which he says is a Syrian straw used to drink something they call Mach. 10. You know this looks very eerily similar to a Yerba mate a spoon straw is this are you sure this isn’t just a herb amat a straw thing I think it might be an Owen from Alameda, California my fellow Californians ah you sent the California flag home He said his heritage is from many different countries mostly from Italy and also specifically Tsuchiya Sicily and of course he sent those flags woohoo alright Jay Preston from Tucson, Arizona I am from the Tohono o odham nation that straddles the US and Mexican border. Oh, that’s cool the reservation is about the size of the state of Connecticut the man in the May is a very important symbol to the Oldham it basically symbolizes the journey through life, and that’s the man in the maze symbol He was talking about I’ve said it so many times if you come to the u.s. one thing you really have to kind of get the Opportunity to immerse yourself in is the native culture And I always encourage people that come here to at least try to find a reservation and meet these people and talk to them Thank You Fran and JJ from Guatemala City they sent these Guatemalan quetzals if you guys haven’t watched the Guatemala episode I highly recommend that Guatemala is Fascinating it’s one of the only few places in Central America that retains such a high population of indigenous people our next Josie from Minnesota my birth state hey Barb’s my name is Josie. I am from Minnesota. Oh you betcha in Minnesota accent PS. Tell Keith his hair is amazing you guys all love Keith, and I don’t blame you that guy is loveable You know she sends a Minnesota shirt. Yes, you got my size right men’s medium Are you were listening you guys get my size right? I will wear your shirts alright Josie this is interestingly shaped it’s from Daniel from Iceland Iceland flag I really liked your episode and your pronunciations of Icelandic places work I don’t know if you could read it, but first he wrote great good They were okay, and then he crossed it all out see Craig from Canada Oh, this is the guy that sent me this stuff from Tristan da Cunha Craig? I still have your shirt. I’m sorry It’s like three sizes too big, but I still have it that’s cool So he actually sent a lava rock from Tristan da Cunha, and this is really cool Craig actually visited North Korea and this is hilarious He actually kept the barf bag or the motion sickness bag from Air Koryo North Korea’s national airline next up We got a booty from Chung Mai Thailand guys. I know calm yourself down be nice Look at the detail on this card. Hi Barb’s greetings from Thailand. I used your videos to teach my children I also sent you some souvenirs. Hope you like them. Dude you sent so many magnets I promise you I will put these on my fridge okay now this package. There’s a funny story behind it This is from the Netherlands when I went to the post office to pick it up the guy was like what is in it coz I’m shaking it. It sounds like pills, and he was kind of like the Netherlands pills I’m not even joking the guy working. There was a little suspicious, but as it turns out It’s this stuff. Hey Barb’s my name is theis my dream is to cycle across every single country in the world now You’ve probably already heard of haggis Loch. Yes, I’ve gotten that before, but there is another variant called Bruin Which is kind of the same, but the sprinkles are all multicolored. It’s awesome warning very sweet. I will try this dude I will put it on my toast my buttered toast. I remember you have to butter it first right really appreciate this This is not pills or drugs and finally one last package from Bulgaria dude, they loaded it with like everything from Bulgaria. My name is vladimir and my wife’s andrea We’ve been fans almost from the beginning of the show. We are a mixed bulgarian-romanian family We also have a wonderful son who has one year and three and a half months old You really got specific with that I talked to him in Bulgarian and andreas speaks to him in Romanian we talk to each other in English so it is not clear which language our son will start talking first That’s so crazy like I met another couple the people we stayed with in Italy Matteo and Katya Matteo was Italian Katya was Russian he would speak Italian to their daughter And she would speak Russian to their daughter apparently child psychologists say That’s the best way for children to become bilingual if each parent speaks a different language It’s so interesting we sent you a few tasty items. We hope that you’ll like Who made sure he liked her as you guys know? I’m a liquor guy not a beer guy so I Seriously, gotta try this right now. Just a little bit. Okay. Just a little bit oh Sweet and good it has a punch Bulgaria they sent a vial of like pure rose oil if you guys watch the Bulgaria episode you’ll know that Bulgaria is the world’s leader In rose products homemade walnut jam okay. You know there’s love in it if it’s homemade I I? Gotta go to Bulgaria Alright, so that’s just about it for the packages and letters And you know what time it is it’s time for return address contest. I put all of your return addresses in this bag I pick one out and whoever wins I send a little gift too right so here are the addresses I’m just gonna pick one out. I’m not gonna look. I’m not gonna look see Ah your name is Lake and you live in Jordan, Utah, West Jordan, Utah You just won, so guys this was really cool. I can’t believe how many amazing things I got to cover through you guys this week once again If you’d like to send anything to Ken Kaleb Keith or Noah or any of the other guys on the show Please feel free to do so you don’t always have to send everything to me And I would love to get their reactions if they get fan mail too, but yeah you guys Rock Thank you so much for the support for the channel, and I hope you guys are doing well You’ve just been flagged stay cool stay tuned

100 thoughts on “Flag/ Fan Friday LIBERIA (Geography Now!)

  1. The General "Butt-naked" thing is totally true. I wish it was a joke. Thanks again for everyone putting your home countries/ areas on display, but remember you can send anything to ANYONE that has been on the show. Not just Barbs! Hope you are doing well and stay tuned for our next video!

  2. if you do all the countarys what do you do then you start to do like top 10 facts about estonia or something

  3. Hey Barbs, love the show. It would be cool to do some episodes on countries that used to exist but don’t anymore.

  4. Technically, China uses metric, but also commonly uses it's own measurement system (especially for weights). 1 斤 is about an imperial pound. It's very common (at least in Beijing) to use this in markets for buying food.

  5. How people subscribe to geography now:
    1.They search the armenia-azerbaijan conflict
    2.geography now azerbaijan and armenia pops up
    3.they search their own country
    4.1.if they find it they watch it and go 2.if they cant find it they come to the channel
    5.search their own country once more
    6.they notice that you havent done it yet
    7.they subscribe and wait for their country
    8.after you have done their country they dont watch the other videos anymore

  6. Good news. FYROM Macedonia will be soon renamed, which will ease the tensions between them and Greece. The possible new names are:
    Upper Macedonia
    North Macedonia
    Vardar Macedonia
    And one more i cant remember
    So, Barby, you can soon name Macedonia without getting hated by Greeks

  7. Little correction: Charles Taylor didn't murder former President Samuel Doe and eat his ear on camera. That was Prince Johnson, another warlord in the First Liberian Civil War. Interesting note: Samuel Doe came to power in a similar way, he lead a coup against the previous President and gutted him with a bayonet.

  8. I knew it what hagelslagg once you shook it. I am American but my dad and grandparents were born and raised (dad is partially) there I still have family there too. yes butter it first

  9. I really want to fire someone in my small newspaper (I post on YT) but he is needed so I always take it back… |-(

  10. Hey barb! Good to see this video! When are you telling us about Sierra Leone?? If you need any information let me know.

  11. Are you sure? How can the Liberian flag have a rising sun over water, if the country is along the African west coast? Sun rises in the east, putting that over land in this location. Unless lake Piso is big enough. Or if they have an island in the Atlantic. Or if they are just using the idea of a rising sun over the sea as a concept, not as an actual depiction. Help! √:(

  12. My dad actually fled Liberia because of the war in the 80’s. He used to work for a major hotel, they burned it down.

  13. My French teacher speaks French to her sons, her husband speaks Flemish, and they both use English. Her son actually started calling cars "autos" after his father. ?

  14. I'm still very salty about not having 2 mother tongues. I live in France, and my dad's from here too, but my mom's from Flanders and she used to speak Flemish to me when I was a toddler. But my dad and sisters couldn't take it and they asked her to stop because they couldn't understand. To this date, every other child I've met whose parents come from 2 different countries were also bilingual from an early age, including my grandcousin's daughter, whose dad is Australian and can't understand French, yet he lets people speak it to her. I wish mine had been like that too. Now I'm 17 and still somewhat struggling in English (like most French people as you may know), I'm starting to learn German and I've also tried to learn Chinese, which was way too hard. I'm definitely not learning any tonal language anytime soon. I hope it's not getting too late for my brain to memorize new languages, I don't wanna stop right now as I'm just a basic bilingual person.

  15. I actually just got through speaking with some Germans, Bulgarians and Romanians about some of the local history within the Bulgar/Romani region, and what is typically the agreed upon accounts, which seem for the most part to be different from what they believe locally via their nationalism. That led me to explain simply that Romanians & Bulgarians are so deeply intertwined and related that they frankly could make the argument most people from their respective histories are of dual decent of both countries. It seems people even there forget how deeply related they are culturally, genetically, historically and so on. So I find it quite funny & satisfying to come here and hear about how that couple is predictably a Bulgar & a Romani.

  16. Mr K's and his family please Liberia is not just a country for fun OK, so please all these counties flags are important, no matter what they are OK, I love your video but please be serious thanks.

  17. I agree with the charm of the Liberian county flags, they seem a little more personal, and they’re meaningful so who cards lol

  18. For the 16 flags… Dig the simplicity of the one on first column second row, and I wonder what is England doing on the bottom left XD

  19. syrian drink yerba mate also it has been introduced from syrians returning from argentina

  20. That one guy wants to cycle across every country but how will he cycle across Russia 8:37

  21. Don't worry Paul
    Liberia wasn't really officially colonized
    I guess it's just really complicated to understand

  22. KKK ? Huh, for a second I thought he was mentioning Katipunan (Philippines). Whats up with the save? I mean I know its a good save but why save it?

  23. We have a k*k in the philippines but it's a secret society that fought aganist the spanish when you do the philippines in geography now don't get confused with our k*k the name of the secret society is Katipunan search it in google.

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