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blog 24 Oct 2018

#TBTNLO: Games and acronyms

A game was created for the occasion of NLO’s 50th birthday in June 1938: ‘Guess who’s head this is’. The leaflet was handed out to fill in during the boat trip and at dinner that same evening, the winner was announced.
NLO faces 1938
The faces that matched the game, 1938.

Another game, for the occasion of NLO's 75th birthday in 1963, took a bit more time to complete. The contenders had to fill in a ‘horizontale doorloper’, a horizontal crossword puzzle made in the form of the letters 'NOB', which was, until a few years ago, the acronym used for Nederlandsch Octrooibureau.

NLO puzzle 75 anniversary
The horizontal crossword puzzle in the form of NOB, NLO's old name.

NOB, NLO or UFO?

The acronym, however, was also used by the ‘Nederlandse Onderwatersport Bond’ (Dutch Underwater Sports Federation), the ‘Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs’ (Dutch Order of Tax Advisers), the ‘Nationaal Orkest van België’ (National Orchestra of Belgium), the ‘Nederlands Omroepproduktie Bedrijf’ (Dutch Broadcasting Company) and some more.

Fortunately, we do not have that problem with NLO! Although the ‘Nieuwe Lerarenopleiding’ (new teacher education program) also uses the abbreviation NLO. But thanks to various Russian IP firms we were informed that NLO, in Russian, stands for 'Neidentifikovani Leteći Objekat' or UFO in English: Unidentified flying object!