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04-07-2016, 11:15 AM
Country or State Symbols
I find country and state symbols to be very interesting. What and why they pick certain things. Please share what some pics of your country or state symbols are. Any explanations would be fun too!

The USA nation birds is the Bald Eagle. It was originally going to be the Turkey but they're pretty ugly and they didn't want to give up eating them, I think. Laugh out load
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So powerful and majestic!

The Bison or more commonly known Buffalo is the national mammal.
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If you have never seen one up close and personal you are missing out.
They are quite awesome!

Oklahoma state bird is the Scissortail Flycatcher.
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When I lived in the country they were everywhere. Magnificent to watch hunting bugs in the tall grasses. They would swoop down and brush the grass tops with their wings and tails and then bank a hard turn and catch the bugs they stirred up.

The Buffalo is also the Oklahoma state mammal but the White-tail Deer is the state game animal. Also very prevalent around here.
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04-07-2016, 12:01 PM
RE: Country or State Symbols
Here in California,

The state bird is the San Quentin Quail.

The state flower is hemp. Never mind that there really aren't flowers on it, you see the colors when you use it.

State mammal is a bear. S/He wears a campaign hat.
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04-07-2016, 12:02 PM
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There is no real animal that can be considered being the national symbol of germany, however our national symbol is the eagle too as being shown in Germanys coat of arms. It dates back through history to "Karl der Grosse" (Charlemagne), who wanted -when he was chosen as first emperor of the "holy roman empire of german nation" in 800- to point out that his empire is a continuation of the (real) roman empire. It served as a part of his justification to rule. So he adopted the "aquila", the roman eagle, symbol of Romes power and authority.

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It underwent a lot of morphing over the centuries.

Earliest version (first official heraldic coat of arms) ca. 1200
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The current version
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04-07-2016, 12:06 PM
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(04-07-2016 12:01 PM)Fireball Wrote:  Here in California,

The state bird is the San Quentin Quail.

The state flower is hemp. Never mind that there really aren't flowers on it, you see the colors when you use it.

State mammal is a bear. S/He wears a campaign hat.

Although my neighbour is german, his family has close ties to the US. His kids are even playing in the local football (not soccer, american football!) team. He has a flagpole in his garden and guess which flag he flies all the time. In fact, i am looking at this goddamn bear right now when i look out of my window.

Damn traitor. Tongue

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04-07-2016, 12:12 PM (This post was last modified: 04-07-2016 02:46 PM by SitaSky.)
RE: Country or State Symbols
I live in California, "The Golden State"!

Our State animal is the Grizzly Bear, also on our flag:

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Our State bird is a California Quail, they have cute little feather hats, very fancy:

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Our state flower is the California Poppy:

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Our state tree is the Coast Redwood, the biggest tree in the world resides in Humboldt County called "Hyperion", it's almost 380 ft. tall!

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04-07-2016, 12:20 PM
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Wow, thanks for the post, peeps. Nice!

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04-07-2016, 12:24 PM
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I live in Illinois, I think the state symbol should be crooked politicians. We have had a lot of them.
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04-07-2016, 12:26 PM
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The national symbol for Ireland is the harp. Reference to the harp as a coat of arms of the king of Ireland go back to the 13th century. The harp is also the symbol for Leinster. The difference is that for Leinster the back round is green instead of blue. Leinster is one of the four provinces of Ireland and it is where Dublin is situated.

Dublin's coat-of-arms has been in use in one form or another for at least 400 years. The full coat-of-arms shows three burning castles on a shield, flanked by two female figures.

One holds a scales depicting Justice - the other, a sword representing Law. Each holds an olive branch. Below the shield on a scroll is the motto of the city "Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas" which translates as "The Obedience of the citizens produces a happy city".

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04-07-2016, 12:27 PM
RE: Country or State Symbols
Texas' state flower is the lovely bluebonnet:

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Our state bird is the northern mockingbird:

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As far as mammals, we have a few. Tongue

State (small) mammal is the nine-banded armadillo. Big Grin

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State (large) mammal is the Texas longhorn.

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And finally, the State (flying) mammal is the Mexican free-tailed bat! Hobo

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04-07-2016, 12:29 PM
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Redwoods Bowing

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