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Upside-down Texas flag flummoxes tourists outside National Museum of American History

The Texas state flag flies upside down outside the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History last week. (Courtesy of Peggie Pittenridge)

Can't fool those sharp-eyed tourists. Peggie Pittenridge, visiting from Arizona, was outside the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History last week when she spotted the Texas flag flying with the red stripe on top instead of the white. "It really bugged me that it was upside down," she told us. "I'm pretty patriotic." Pittenridge went inside and buttonholed a curator -- and she wasn't the only one. "Several people noticed it right away, including the director of the museum," said a rep. The error occurred when a number of worn flags around the building were replaced; the Texas flag was waving right side up by Friday.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 31, 2010; 1:02 AM ET
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There are two possible explanations for this upside down flag: (1) George Bush was responsible for hanging the flag (and got it wrong) or (2) someone connected to the Museum deliberately hung the flag upside down in express recognition of the (upside-down) condition of the state and country after the none-too-soon departure of that most famous Texan (G W Bush of course).

Posted by: law1 | March 31, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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