Sunday 23 may
The four leaf clover is a universally accepted symbol of good luck. The origin of the story is centuries old
The four-leaf clover is one of the most common North American lucky emblems and is an especially frequent image on good luck coins, and good luck postcards. It takes a lot of effort to search for
four-leaf clovers - you can find them among the other leaves, only if you have sharp eyesight
Shamrocks (with three or four leaves) have been considered good-luck symbols by the Irish since early times, and shamrocks or various representations of the plant are frequently worn on Saint
Patrick's Day. The hop clover is widely accepted as the original shamrock picked by Saint Patrick. The name shamrock comes from the Irish Seamrog, which means "little clover."
History of the four leaf clover:
According to legend, Eve carried a four leaf clover from the Garden of Eden. The clovers also occupied a position in the cultural life of early peoples. White clover (T. repens L.) in particular
was held in high esteem by the early Celts of Wales as a charm against evil spirits.
Sunday 23 may
Richard Ball, co-owner of an advertising and public relations firm in Worcester,
designed the Smiley Face in 1963 to help ease the acrimonious aftermath following the merger of two insurance companies.
"I made a circle with a smile for a mouth on yellow paper, because it was sunshiny
and bright," he recalled in a 1996 interview with The Associated Press.
In the early 60s State Mutual Life Assurance of Worcester, MA initiated a merger
that had bad effects on company morale. In 1964, State Mutual cooked up a “friendship campaign” to get employees to smile whenever they answered the phone, paid a claim, or typed a report. The
company turned to Harvey Ball for graphic support. Ball reported that he spent about 10 minutes designing the smiley face, and he was paid $45 for it. This was the only profit that Ball ever made
from his most famous creation. Neither Ball or the insurance company trademarked or copyrighted the smiley face. In the early 1970s, the smiley face image became a symbol for an entire generation
of Americans and the whole world, emerging as one of the most well-known images in the country.
Sunday 23 may
Have you ever wondered what the peace sign means?
The peace sign combines a circle, a vertical line, and downward sloping lines.
The internationally recognized symbol for peace was originally designed for the British nuclear disarmament movement. It was designed and completed on 21 February 1958 by Gerald Holtom,
, a professional designer and artist.
The symbol itself is a combination of the semaphoric signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for Nuclear Disarmament.
In semaphore the letter "N" is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down "V," and the letter "D" is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed
This same symbol was used by Hitler's 3rd Panzer Division from 1941 to 1945. The image on the left is the regimental 3rd Panzer Division symbol. Soviet, Polish, and Hungarian citizens,
having suffered from the Nazi massacres, undoubtedly struggled with Holtom’s use of the symbol as a thoughtful way to communicate peace. The symbol can also be found on some of Hitler's SS
Revived in the sixties by hippies and others who protested nuclear weapons, Western culture, and Christian values, it became a worldwide symbol of a new age of global peace and
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