The national flag is one of the most important and respected symbols of a country. Usually, the motif depicted on the flag refers to the country´s history or culture. While most of national flags contain various geometrical figures, colors and common symbols, there are flags with surprisingly bizarre things on them. From a naked man beheading another man to machetes and assault rifles, check out these 25 bizarre things found in flags from around the world.
Used between 1977 and 2011, the Libyan national flag was the only flag in the world with just one color and no design, insignia, or other details. The purely green design was chosen by then Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to symbolize his political philosophy and Islam. In 2011, after Gaddafi was killed, an earlier version of the flag was re-adopted.
The national flag of Nepal has one interesting primacy – it’s the world’s only non-quadrilateral national flag. The design consists of the simplified combination of two single pennants featuring symbols of the crescent moon and the sun. Until 1962, the flag was even more bizarre as the sun and moon emblems had human faces, which made them look like modern emoticons.
Kenya is another African country with spears on its national flag. Along with the dominance of red in the central part of the flag, they symbolize the protection of the country and the blood shed during the fights for independence. The black color in the upper part represents Kenyan people and the green band signifies the country´s landscape.
Isle of Man
Located between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown dependency, known for its unusual flag. Three armored legs with golden spurs joined together are juxtaposed against a red background. Officially known as the triskelion, this bizarre symbol was once used by the ancient nations of the Mycenaeans and the Lycians thousands of years ago. The Isle of Man has used this symbol since 1932 but it’s not certain why they adopted it.
Since August 1960, Cyprus has used a national flag which features the map of the island with two olive branches underneath. The olive branches as well as the purely white background symbolize peace and the orange color of the map represents its large deposits of copper ore.