Trivia

Hard

The Peace Symbol Is A Stylized Representation Of?

Sanskrit Script
Flag Semaphore
Norse Runes
Neptune's Trident
The flag semaphore for the letters N and D next to a peace symbol.
Denelson83/Wikimedia

Answer: Flag Semaphore

It would be easy to assume that the peace symbol—a circle with an inverted forked shape in the center and closely associated with the 1960s counter-culture movement—was an older symbol co-opted by modern people. The origins of the symbol aren’t ancient, however, but date back to only the late 1950s.

The symbol was designed in 1958 by British artist and designer Gerald Holtom. He designed the symbol for the Direct Action Committee, a non-violent British protest organization focused on nuclear disarmament. The design itself, if we do say so, is absolutely brilliant as it’s a stylized representation of a person holding flags in the positions of N and D (for Nuclear Disarmament) in flag semaphore, which is essentially visual Morse code where the letters and numbers are communicated with physical positioning of flags instead of dots and dashes.

The symbol was immediately adopted by the culture movement and over time came to symbolize not only nuclear disarmament, but the anti-war/peace movement as a whole.

Trivia

Hard

What Common First Aid Technique Wasn’t Invented Until The 1960s?

Trivia

Hard

The “10,000 Steps A Day For Better Health” Idea Originated With?

Trivia

Hard

8-bit Music Compositions, Popularized By Video Games, Are Called What?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Specialty Windshield Features Was Developed For Cars, But Is Now Used On Ships?

Trivia

Hard

Which Tech Firm’s Headquarters Makes A Cameo As The Cyberdyne Headquarters In Terminator Genisys?

Trivia

Hard

The Best Selling Vehicle In The World Is The?

Trivia

Hard

Who Graces The Most Valuable Baseball Card In The World?

Trivia

Hard

The Microsoft Xbox Was Originally Slated To Be Called What?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First Sci-Fi Film Shot In Space?

Trivia

Hard

Which University Is The Only One With An Alumni Chapter On The Moon?