There Are Several Other Flags Hiding Within Norway's Flag

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Norway’s red, white, and blue flag isn’t entirely unique—lots of countries use the same color scheme—but the Scandinavian country’s standard contains multitudes. If you look closely, you can find the patterns from six other countries’ flags hidden within it, as the tweet below from Melbourne-based demographics researcher Simon Kuestenmacher illustrates.

If you divide it into smaller segments, Norway’s blue and white Nordic cross on a red background also contains the designs of France’s flag (blue, white, and red vertical stripes), Indonesia’s flag (a red horizontal stripe over a white horizontal stripe), Poland’s flag (a white horizontal stripe over a red horizontal stripe), the Dutch flag (red, white, and blue horizontal stripes), the Thai flag (a large blue horizontal stripe in the middle, surrounded by smaller red and white horizontal stripes above and below), and the Finnish flag (a blue Nordic cross on a white background).

Norwegian Air cleverly worked this subtle feature into a 2015 ad that highlighted each of the flags hidden in Norway’s standard and labeled them with prices for airline fares to those locations.

Much like you can never unsee the white arrow in the FedEx logo, you’ll never be able to look at the Norwegian flag the same way again.

Fascinated by flags? Dive into this history of 25 flags that show up at the Olympics.

18 Disney Characters Just Got the LEGO Treatment

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LEGO

If you’ve ever wondered what one of Disney's princesses might look like standing next to Batman or Harry Potter, now's your chance to find out. LEGO has created minifigures of 18 characters from beloved Disney movies, and they’re a pretty diverse bunch.

There are Disney princesses and heroes, like Jasmine, Elsa, and Hercules. There are offbeat favorites, like Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. A couple villains were thrown into the mix for good measure, and classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are also represented.

It has been a big week for both LEGO and Disney. The toy company announced the impending release of a 751-piece set that recreates the boat from Steamboat Willie, the 1928 short film that launched Mickey to stardom. The timing is also fitting, considering that Mickey recently celebrated his 90th birthday (not too bad for a mouse).

The S.S. Willie set will be available on April 1, but fans will have to wait a little longer for the Disney minifigures. Those will be available on the LEGO Store website and in stores nationwide starting May 1. Each minifigure costs $3.99.

Until then, check out some of the figures below, or browse LEGO’s selection of Disney-themed sets.

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

A Disney minifigure
LEGO

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

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LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

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