Weird History

The Surprising Meanings Behind Countries' Unique Flags

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Vote up the flags that tell the most interesting stories about the nations they represent.

From a lion holding a sword to three legs connected at the thigh to a carnivorous eagle absolutely demolishing a snake, there are a host of culturally specific and indisputably distinctive images on other nations' flags.

The job of any flag is to honor the history and culture of the people for which it flies. Just like the red and white stripes on the United States flag represent the original 13 colonies and the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the crests, emblems, and icons on foreign flags symbolize the identities of their populations. Here's a look at a few flags that, while unusual at first glance, reveal rich and intriguing features about their respective nations.