So you guys know the Prussian flag right? The one with the black-white-black pattern and the savage, crowned eagle in the middle that is very resembling of the eagle of the German Empire?
Well, today I learnt that the reason the eagle looks so similar to the imperial one is because this flag was only used for Prussia after the German Empire was formed.
All those hundreds of years before that the Prussian flag was just a plain,white flag with the Prussian eagle on it with a different overall design for the eagle who over the decades would sometimes be holding differing items and be decorated differently. And from what I could find out from the internet (not 100% certain tho bc everyone keeps saying different shit and I am kind of relying on Wikipedia rn) said eagle was this one.
And I’m just like, why isnt this a thing people use? Is it because wikipedia is wrong and this isnt the actual flag? Bc I’m very certain that yes indeed the Prussian flag was just white with an eagle, instead of black-white-black for most of the kingdom’s existence and i just cannot find any other design!
Did it just get buried?! Its just so weird if you consider that he was a thing for like almost 200 years, while the other one was what? 50? 40? 30 years only? Still the other one is used p much everywhere while this one just disappears! Why?! Because the other one is never and edgier?! That’s just messed up!
And honestly, personal preference, but I like the design of this fluffy eagle with his tongue sticking out and stuff so much better. He just seems like….such a good boy!
Like, if anyone knows anything about this please tell me!
I think we need to talk about one of my favourite things I learned when I visited Sanssouci two years ago.
Sanssouci was, at first at least, the ‘holiday castle’ of Frederick the Great of Prussia, who lived during the 18th century.
The castle is surrounded by another castle and several beautiful buildings, all inside of a gorgeous park.
The thing you see up there is the Chinese House (Chinesisches Haus). It’s architecture and entire interior is designed to ‘look Chinese’, but instead of being actually Asian, it’s just really western with small things they considered Asian. They thought everyone in eastern Asia (especially in China) was educated in fine arts and poetry and basically considered it the magical land of wonders where people are very calm and nice to each other.
The house even features several statues who all seem to wear clothing that coooouuld pass as Asian (the guide told us that if we were educated about asian history we would laugh out loud looking at the costumes) and had absolutely European faces, but were meant to be Asian people.
So now we have a bunch of white people who believe Asia is the best place on the world while pretending to know something about Asia- even though they got no clue.
you know what that means?
Frederick the great wasn’t only most likely gay and fucking his penpal from France while his wife is hanging out alone in Berlin, he also was a damn weeaboo.
When Frederick the Great had an article about the souls of animals read to him - claiming animals didn’t have a soul - he turned to his dog Biche that was sitting in his lap and reassured her that “They are talking about you, they say you don’t have a soul. But you do have a sweet soul, my dear.”
Frederick loved his dogs dearly and even wanted to be buried with them in the gardens of Sanssouci- a wish that only came true in 1991 after several transfers of his remaints.