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Why are all options from a single country? I think the logo of the Red Cross is more recognizable than all those in the poll.

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Why are all options from a single country? I think the logo of the Red Cross is more recognizable than all those in the poll.

Yeah, the Red Cross, especially the one the crusaders wore as they marched into the Holy Land.

And to answer your question... a single country? What rock are you living under? Santa Claus is hardly an American image.

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CoolCali, yes the Crusaders had a red cross. Everybody knows that - it's not news. I learned that in school. I suggest you get acquainted with the international Red Cross instead - and by the way, the Red Crescent is related to it. Internet is quite a source of useful information, isn't it?

Santa Claus is an American fabrication. The original tradition begins with a bishop, Saint Nicholas. Father Christmas, Papa Noel and other interpretations came later on. Santa Claus (living in the North Pole, wearing a red suit trimmed in white, living with tiny elves and flying reindeer) is an American version popularized by famous Coca-Cola ads.

Here's a start: http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/heritage/cokelore_santa.html

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Nope, actually the English get the credit for the modern Santa. Your life seems to revolve around pop culture a bit too much. And no kidding about the International Red Cross. Don't insult me with your wikipedia knowledge base.

Oh really Saint Nicholas? You don't say? Damn, never would have figured that one out.

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A long time ago, in the world I live in, before there was coca cola...

A Visit From St. Nicholas, more commonly known as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, has been a classic since its first appearance in the Troy Sentinel in 1823. The poem was published anonymously and, as excitement over the verses grew, everyone wanted to know the name of the author. In 1837 Clement Clarke Moore, a biblical scholar in New York City, allowed his name to be attached as author and, in 1844, he included the piece in his own book, Poems. Moore explained that he had written the poem on the Christmas eve of 1823.

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Wikipedia? I don't see where did I mention wiki. I suppose you have been googling things right now to entertain me. Thank you; I appreciate your efforts. Have a wonderful day.

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Oh sorry, you must work for the coca-cola company.... google boy.

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Probably the heart sign. ❤

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I even encountered in the smallest South American jungle village a Coca-Cola sign.

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Smiley

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wow, that again? Traffic signs for pedestrians (walk/don't walk).

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A picture of the moon.

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I'd go for the dollar sign - $

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I agree the Coca-Cola sign is a strong contender, but I am not sure it's more famous than the sign of the Red Cross international.

As for traffic signs... How about traffic lights? Even though the colors may vary (at least the green one!).

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I believe I read somewhere that Mickey was more widely known than Jesus Christ.

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I have never seen the red cross in japan! I have only seen the green cross. and thats not even a company, just their sign for first aid or hospital. Santa clause doesn't count either. Coco Cola invited santa cluase. (if you dont believe me go the coco cola museum in Atlanta. They needed something to sell their coke better around Christmas, so they come up with what we now know as Santa. Before that, he was just a a person with a white beard that did some nice things a long time ago.

i really dont think its coke though. I dont drink coke, a lot of people dont either, so i dont see the can or bottle that much. and how often do they even use the origanl logo. They all these other logos they use. and just the COKE doesnt count, it has to be the fancy cursive version. But Micky D. I dont care if you eat it or not, you have to stare at those golden archers no matter where you drive any where in the world.

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@fancyprice. why would you assume Jesus Christ is so famous in the world. the majority of the world is Muslin. the next majority, is still not christian. Mickey mouse has no boundaries. and the smiley face has only been around since the 60s. late 60s actully is when it was trademarked. Thats pretty new compared to a lot of these other signs.

and no one has brought up the SWASTIKA? come on!!!! and I dont mean just the nazi swastika. The nazis sure helped ram into our minds, but its been around a very very long time. In one form or another the swastika has been around for a couple thousand years. A backwards swastika is the symbol for temple!

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and i didn't get MY info from the internet. I got it directly FROM coke at the Official coke museum in Atlanta. Why would they lie about it. and unless you are 60 years or older and actully saw these santa transformation happen, then please site your references as to when, how, and why do you think England created the modern santa. until coke came about, the red, fat thing wasn't even part of santa. he was just a skinny dude with a white beard wearing whatever. How does England have anything to do it. and you know what.

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Chairman Mao!

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Of course, McD's Golden Arches - or is it McDowell's Golden Arcs? Ha ha ha ha ha!

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Or how about Che Guevara? I bet most people in the world know someone who owns the immortal T-shirt.

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Altria - It has to be a symbol, not a face. If we could include faces, wouldn't MJ or Madonna or OBL or Obama beat your two choices?

In the future, it's going to be the Pepsi logo after Pepsi scores a huge hit with their pine flavored Pepsi, ha ha ha!

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the majority of the world is Muslin

I assume you mean Muslim. But you are incorrect, the majority of the world is not Muslim.

Moderator: Back on topic please.

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My first thought was about Eiffel Tower. It's the strangely skewed world in the poll limited by 10mln.sq.km. only. To become a joke it has one wrong answer. :)

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McDowell's Golden Arcs

HA! Once in awhile Sarge you make a funny.

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other - drawing or image of the sun and perhaps the moon too. it is depended on culture.

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I don't believe the smiley face -yellow with black dots - is copyrighted; it is a trademark, though, since 1971. Still, there's a reason Coca Cola hasn't changed their logo in about 100 years.

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i really think it could be Che Guevara, or his American counterpart, President Barack Obama.

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How come Sponge Bob's not on the list?

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I was thinking about the Mona Lisa or something like that.

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I know I'm going off target here but bare with me...

I got it directly FROM coke at the Official coke museum in Atlanta. Why would they lie about it.

Wow, some people are real coca-cola lovers. You actually believe that by going to a multi-nationals museum for your "facts," legitimizes them? The fact is Santa was a Victorian creation, not pop art from the Coca-cola corporation until much later.

You know that not too long ago, Budweiser called itself the "King of Beers" in their museum, do you believe that to be true? Perhaps THEY still do.

What about the Olympic rings?

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The most recognizable image is the sun represented as a circle with beams of light radiating from it, closely followed by the crescent moon. Possibly the skull and bones for poison might be one the more recognizable images as well.

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Oh dear, are these the best choices? I think I'll resign my citizenship of humanity

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Image... a picture of the moon, a picture of earth, a tree, products of society I would go with the American flag or American money...

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Vat about Sinter Claus and Black Peter?

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I have a bunch for ya. the oldest. Older than our nazi friends. the SWASTIKA. and come on.... what about MICROSOFT. how many people out there have computers. not just now, but for the past 30 years. Microsoft is on every computer in the world that had computers. More people use computers than drink coke, or eat at McDonald's. Here is another one. Mercedes. The drive Mercedes in every inch and corner of this world. from old trucks used by African gorilla solders, to dumb trucks in China, to Limos for politicians in South America. Either way. I think this poll is lacking some very very famous and well known symbols. This is just three which I think are far more popular than any listed except maybe coke and golden arches. and people are listing all sorts of different idea. red cross for one is a great one. Smiley face. not so much. and che... I don't think so. I doubt a single person in Asia has any idea who Che is. and that is almost half the worlds population. and besides when I was younger I thought he was the Rage agiasnt the machine guy. I didn't even know his name or anything. My point being is, that even if people recognize the facesymbol, but don`t really know what it is or means, then it doesn't count. my students dont know what a candy cane is. even if I show them a picture. Thats crazy to me, its very distinct in its shape and color. Not a soul in Europe of north America doesn't know what a candy cane is. I think you would be surprised what some parts of the world do and do not recognize. you guys have to step out of your western boxes.

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people are saying a picture of the moon or earth. But what If I showed you a picture of a jupiter moon, how many poeple would be able to tell it wasnt our moon. what about a CGI planet from sci-fi film or show. I think for the image or picture to be the most recognizable, it has to be UNMISTAKABLE. and people are saying stuff like the sun. there are billions of stars out there. it could be any of them right? A tree is pretty good, but i think the poll means more of symbols, not images or pictures, through out time we have drawn trees countless different ways. your just too hard. I could say. what about a face. well... everyone has seen a face. I could say, water. well everyone has had water before.

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inakaRob: "A backwards swastika is the symbol for temple!"

It amazes me that people have to come on to this thread and bring their baggage and hatred for Muslims and Obama onto something absolutely unrelated. And no, a 'backwards swastika is the symbol for temple' is not true -- the Buddhist symbol you are referring to was flipped and rotated slightly to become the swastika, not the other way around. That's why you get ignorant Americans in particular who get upset when they go to an old Buddhist temple and ask why the Japanese, "still have Nazi symbols from WWII", thinking that it is a Nazi symbol. It's just ignorance. At any case, it clearly indicates that it is not at all a world-wide symbol instantly (or accurately) recognized.

Sorry, kids, but studies have been done and it seems that Coca-Cola is indeed the most recognizable image in the world. Not the greatest statement about humanity, but it is a testament to the power of commercialism at its best (worst). McD's would have to be up there, although there are still countries without it, and where people might not know what the arches represent. Santa Claus is a pretty modern invention, despite CoolCali being correct about its origins, and Azrael correct about how the modern image was POPULARIZED (not created). Micky Mouse isn't really in contention, nor is Snoopy.

Some other noteworthy 'images': the barber pole. It's pretty interesting where this one comes from, and is one of the only remaining 'recognizable symbols' of its time, if not the only one that has retained its meaning.

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@smithinjapan: uhhh..... no duh. I have been leaving here for some time. I didn't think the Japanese were still Nazi supporters. My point was that the "swastika" has existed in other cultures like japan in a slightly different form (like backwards), but still recognizable. AND the Nazi swastika has its origins as a christian symbol for many hundreds of years. That`s what I was referring too.

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im not a coke fan boy. I never drink the stuff. I would be perfectly happy if another drop of coke was ever made or drank. no one including myself is debating that Santa was a Victorian creation. What I am talking about is the modern version of santa that we all see. the fat, jolly guy, wearing red. None of those images existed until coke got their hands on him. thats all i am trying to say. I am not trying to take away your santa. its like saying the japaneses took away TVs and Cars just because they make them better!!!!

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about the swastika. We were both right and wrong. at least according to wiki. It is in fact part of many many religions. the double cross of Christ. found in Hindu culture, and Buddhism. Chinese, american Indian. the list goes on. so Hitler didn't take it from Buddhism. He took the famous symbol from all over the world because of what it represented. power and life. and why do you have to bash ignorant Americans. your telling me a Brit never came to japan and got upset. I guess they are too prefect. they did invent Santa after all. who am I to disagree? I am an ignorant american after all.

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That's an easy one.....Man United's crest.

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Sorry everbody, but just look at the number of movies about Che, the ubiquitous t-shirt bearing HIS image (I saw them even in Bhutan) and the fact that his American counterpart Barack Obama won a Grammy AND the Nobel Prize.

Case closed. Che and Barack are the most recognizable AND marketable images in the world. (okay, it feels a little weird saying that).

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It would need to be an image/symbol widely known in the following population centres: China (and sattelites), India, Africa and "the West". The religious symbols are widely known, but I doubt that more Westerners know the buddhist symbol than they do Coca-Cola. I would also think the same in the East with regards the Christian cross.

I think that I have to agree that the Coke symbol is everywhere. You can obtain it in tiny villages hundreds of miles from the nearest McDonalds.

Coke is it.

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But what If I showed you a picture of a jupiter moon, how many poeple would be able to tell it wasnt our moon. what about a CGI planet from sci-fi film or show. I think for the image or picture to be the most recognizable, it has to be UNMISTAKABLE

What if I take an image of McDonald's arches and shorten the leg of one arch. How many people would be able to tell it wasn't the actual McDonald's arches?

I think the standard should be - take an actual image, show it to the population of the world and ask "What's this?".

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The Coca Cola could even reach the deeper recesses of Africa, where no computers nor fast food nor cartoons nor politicians dare even tread. Haven't ya guys seen "The Gods Must Be Crazy"?!

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at MARK: that's just it. you saying what if you shorten one of the arches. It would still be the golden arches. But if i was the letter 'm' in any of the million of of other fonts out there, people would say. Thats the letter M. Its has to be distinive differnt. There are trillions of moons that look just like ours. I just saw some pictures of Saturn moon that Cassini just took this month. From a distant they look EXACTLY like our moon. you are proving my point. If I took this picture of Saturn moon to people ALL over the world, how many would guess EARTHs moon. ALL of them 99.9999991% of them would. So an actual picture of our moon is not unmistakable what so ever. I dont think this has anything to do with standards. I think half the argument on this post are yet again because of bad English. I think they should use the word symbol instead of image. of all the examples in the poll, they are more of a symbol than an image. When people say, smiley face, and red cross, and swastika, and Manchester utd. those are example of symbols, not so much images.

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@seijichuudo9sha: you have to tottaly joking!!!! do you really live in such a small box. We are talking about all over the world. How many of the people in india and china do you think have seen those movies you are talking about or give $hit about some south american revolutionary. that 2 billion pepople right there that have no idea who you are talking about. what about all the people in the afifac. Do you realize that 40% of the world doesn't have access to an indoor toiltet, you think they have TV's or a movie theater in their village/citytown. NO!!!! but they all drink coke at some point in there life. And YES Obama is one of the most FAMOUS people in the world. but come on bud... not everyone knows his face. To most people he is probably just another African america. Or to many, they might think he is just another African. It has to be unmistakable. Remember the michal jordon swosh symbol. Thats unmistakable. Kids in poor African villages knew that symbol. more kindergarten kids knew that symbol than could pick out a picture of Jesus Christ. To them Christ just looked like another white dude. The Jordon thing was about the shape, the basketball in his hand, the dunking motion. Obama is just obama. The che thing is a little more like a true symbol and I agree with you, its popular, but in the WEST!!!! please do yourself a favor and step out of you little west only box, and you i have the internet, and movies, and tv, so does everyone else. You have to understand that the majority of the people on this planet live in poverty. which means they dont have the luxery to care about che, or what America is doing, or what obama looks like, or the Grammy. but coke is cheap. and its in every single country on the planet.

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folks cant help but notice no is talking about the

GREAT PUMPKIN!!

Whats up with that

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inakarob

there was a green cross in Jpn, very nasty company run by people who were heavily involved in Unit 731, green cross knowingly sold tainted blood products giving many people aids & a few other nasty diseases so green cross shud be well known in Jpn but I suspect the natives have mostly forgot about that one

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Easy , Toyota!...or that three circles symbol.

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From the list, Coca-Cola was destined to win. It's mostly a matter of pure persistence. 'Santa', albeit an old european icon, was only super-popularized by American businessmen and then mostly only from the 1930s and is a 'Christian' religious symbol. The McDonalds chain is surely well known, but we are talking entire resturaunts instead of little bottles and cans. McDonalds just hasn't permeated the world (yet). Besides, the food is kind of yucky ... you'd do better with Wendys or Burger King ......

Coke however is a "secular" product - religiously and politically neutral - and portable as well. It has easily made its way into every nation, every culture. The biting flavor isn't for everyone, but it's for ENOUGH people to ensure you can find a can deep in the heart of Africa or in the frozen wastes of Siberia.

Besides, how can you do rum & Coke or vodka Coke without the Coke ? Pepsi just doesn't taste right :-)

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I would have thought the Nike swoosh would have at least been considered a choice.

Taka

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@GW why are you telling me? and by the way the GREEN CROSS is generic sign for all medical care in Japan. There very well may be a GREEN CROSS organization or company, but every doctor, hospital, and first aid anything I have seen has a green cross on it. I still don't know why you directed you statement at me. @taka: thats a good one. I am surprised no one has suggested that one yet. That is similar to coke, in the way that you can find that in any corner of the world. Kids in African villages and poor Chinese town still wear shoes, and they probably own, or want to own some nike kicks. I can see them now. sitting on a rock, with a coke in there hand wearing their Micheal Jordon dunk shirt, eating a Cheeseburger from McDonald, dreaming about santa bringing them a pair wrapped in Micky Mouse wrapping paper. (@seijichuudo9sha: sorry no che in this fantasy, because why would people in China know a thing about che, do people in South America know about Mao??!?!?!?!?!)

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I have only seen the green cross. and thats not even a company, just

Inakabob,

see above, thats why, it was a company & a very nasty one that killed a lot of people & infected many more & the scum who ran got off scot free, just saying

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Maybe the Olympic rings. Some of the other symbols mentioned might not be common in some countries, but the Olympic rings are projected throughout the world (every 4 years).

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Its Definitely the coca cola icon. I remember reading something about this not to long ago. Believe it or not, the second most recognized symbol on the planet is the Batman logo....I love it :)

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