MonthJanuary 2016

Cities: Skylines

The otherwise excellent city simulation game Cities: Skylines has a Swiss cross on their hospital roof and a Red Cross signet on the front of the building, violating two rules at the same time:


Grenada Opbank

This U.S. bank hurts my heart with its large and pulsating Swiss organ:


That is a very patriotic heart, even though it beats for Switzerland and not the U.S., where it lives. I wonder if the illustration means the medical loans are in Swiss Francs only. Wow, I’ve really been milking this currency joke. What’s next, a decorative German-made chinaware first-aid cow wearing stockings and a lab coat with a Swiss flag on it?

Oh. As a matter of fact, yes. That’s exactly what’s next:


Seen at Bazar Suisse, but made in Germany.


My first praise! Usually I just give out blame, but the authors of PlanetBase did (at least partially) the right thing: They put a red cross in the medical section of bases built in their game. Visible here at 9:51:

Now of course they shouldn’t be using the Red Cross signet either. The Red Cross in fact urges video game developers not to use their signet. So hurray for not using a Swiss flag, but boo for using the Red Cross emblem.

Gods Will Be Watching

In this game, the first-aid kits proudly wear a Swiss flag, whether they’re mounted to the wall or portable:



Swiss "doctor" clip-art

This rich Swiss doctor is obviously carrying a suitcase full of Swiss Francs to an impoverished person in need (but with a stylish blue tie):


No, Toonvectors, that’s not what a first aid kit is supposed to look like. This is a properly colored first aid kit.

In case of emergency, open these doors

If you’re in the middle of an emergency, just open these doors, presumably they lead to Switzerland, where everything is safe. And red/white.


Fagus PuzzleMobile Ambulance

This ambulance made by Fagus toys proudly carries the Swiss flag:


Found at Natural Pod. I asked them why they put a Swiss flag on this car. Let’s see what they answer.


No, IconsDB, that’s not an ambulance:


I don’t know what it is, but it might be a Swiss cheesemakers’ club car. It’s wearing a tradtional Swiss cheesemaker’s cap, after all. To remind you, an ambulance sign looks like this:


Lost Trail Powder Mountain

What’s this, a new member of the Swiss national snowboard team?


Ah, no, it’s a mislabeled ski patrol. And she is not alone:


Every Life Secure

This company‘s mobile first aid kid hoists a modified Swiss flag, and it has another one on the back of the backpack:


And on the same page, they call it a “Swiss Army Knife of trauma first aid stations” and even show a picture of a real Swiss army knife. You know, with the Swiss coat of arms on it? If you’re just as confused as they are, this is the international first aid symbol: