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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Shrinkage Can Occur

The Nordic Battlegroup has chopped off the penis of the lion emblazoned on its coat of arms.

[H]eraldic artist Vladimir A Sagerlund was dismayed at what he viewed as an alarming lack of historical awareness. In former times, he said, coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Swedish Crown.

And as Sagerlund's colleague points out, the heraldry unit would have no qualms about making alterations to the original image if requested to do so by the military.

"We could make the dimensions a bit smaller, for example. Once we were commissioned to create a similar symbol for Swedish Customs. When they thought it was a bit much they sent it back to us and we just shrank the organ," said [Henrik] Klackenberg. [Link]
[Thanks, Nancy!]

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