- Elon Musk inadvertently uncovered one of life's great mysteries by turning to Twitter to question why Chad and Romania have almost identical flags.
- The two countries – located in Central Africa and Eastern Europe – both use a three-stripe flag in blue, yellow and red, in slightly different shades.
- Romania's flag predates Chad for almost 100 years and the two share no real history.
- According to Britannica, Chad originally had a green stripe, but chose to replace it with blue because it resembled Mali's flag.
- Mali's flag is still similar to Senegalese, and both flags are not that far from Guinea.
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Chad and Romania are two countries that rarely come up in the same sentence. That is, unless you discuss their flags.
The two countries, located in separate continents, share very few historical or geographical links. They don't even have an embassy in each other's land.
Except for slight variations in color shading, their flags appear identical ̵
According to the online lexicon Britannica, Romania originally displayed a flag with horizontal stripes of blue, yellow and red, before settling to its current vertical design in 1861.
Meanwhile, Chad did not achieve independence from France until 1959, when it decided on its own flag design.
The country originally considered a green, yellow and red design, but soon discovered that Mali had already taken the same pattern. Then the greens swapped for the blue to inadvertently fly a flag that was almost identical to Rumensas. The three colors; however, represents the country's rivers (blue), the desert (yellow) and the blood of its independence martyrs (red).
Chad's flag is not the only one similar to other flags. Here are some other examples of similar looking flags.
The flag of Mali, the country Chad tried to avoid copying, is similar to the Senegals – a single green star in the middle appears to separate the two flags. Guinea also copies Mali's designs, but is the other way around.
Indonesia and Monaco both fly two horizontal stripes: red over white. Poland flies in the same way white over red.
Ireland and Cote d 'ivoire share the same design, but are flipped on the flagpole.
All these similarities may have come from chance, but other flags have a specific reason for small variations in a theme.
Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia all sport the same colored horizontal stripes, but that's because they used to be part of the same country Gran Colombia, which disbanded in 1822, according to Britannica.