1. Chad, since 1959

    When Chad became independent on 11 August 1960, Romania’s blue-yellow-red tricolour had a communist emblem on it, so the two flags were distinguishable. But after the Cold War, Romania reverted to its original plain tricolour and the two countries wound up with identical flags.

    The two flags are occasionally said to differ in their shade of blue, with Chad’s being PMS 281c and Romania’s being PMS 280c, but that’s such a small difference that it’s almost impossible to tell them apart, and in practice neither flag uses a single blue shade consistently.

  2. Wallachia, 1848

    June 26 is Flag Day in Romania, and it commemorates the first official adoption of the Romanian tricolour as a national flag by Wallachian revolutionaries in 1848. The inscription in the centre of the flag read “Justice” in Wallachian and “Brotherhood” in Moldavian.

    The tricolour was actually already in use before that date; it had been used on military flags since 1834. And it continued being used even after the revolution was quashed. A similar flag was adopted by the United Romanian Principalities in 1859, and it eventually evolved into the plain vertical tricolour we know today.

  3. Romania, 1948

    While not the most tractor-loving nation in the world (that honour would have to go to Belarus), Romania is the only country to ever actually put a tractor on its flag. It was replaced by a nature scene a couple of months later.

  4. spherical-harmonics:

    A periodic table showing which countries are associated with which elemental discoveries made by James Gallagher

    “Before written history, people were aware of some of the elements in the periodic table. Elements such as gold (Au), silver (Ag), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), tin (Sn), and mercury (Hg),” were the elements of antiquity, according to Brewton-Parker College‘s history of the elements. In the mid-17th century the search for the myriad elements we know today really got going with Hennig Brands’ discovery of phosphorus.

    Every element has a story, and talking to Smart News Gallagher recounted one of his favorite tales of elemental discovery:

    One of my favourites has to be polonium, though, the first element to be discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. They were working in a modified shed with substances so dangerously radioactive their notes are still too active to be handled safely.

    Working together they isolated this element and later named it Polonium after Marie’s home country. (A country, I may add, that turned her away from her pursuit of education as she was a politically interested female). It was her hope that by naming the element after Poland she could generate interested in the independence (from Germany) campaign for the country. Yet the victory comes in under the French flag where the work was carried out.

    It remains to this day the only element to be named after a political cause, and a wonderful tribute to a phenomenal woman.

    via smithsonianmag.com

  5. (Source: anghelnicolae)

  8. alphatoronado:

    This game is just making things hard for me

  9. daciangroza:

    national colors garage, cluj, romania

    The modern flag of Romania, without any coat of arms in the central stripe, was officially readopted on 27 December 1989.

  10. Alba Iulia (?-Present)

    On 1 Dec 1918, the union between Transylvania and Romania was declared in the Transylvanian city of Alba Iulia. This day has been celebrated since 1989 as Great Union Day.

    Wikipedia has an interesting image from 1968 which appears to be a painted over black and white photo of a crowd from 1918, and the flags they’re flying have the Romanian colours arranged vertically instead of horizontally.

  11. wnes:

    Isn’t this the Romanian flag?

    Also Chad!

  12. (Source: romaniankingdom)