No one's really sure why but authorities in Azerbaijan had a very unique goal: to erect the world's largest flagpole.
And that they did in September 2010. At 431 feet the $32 million flagpole (which flies the Azeri flag, of course) bested South Korea for the title.
A year later, though, the global war against short flagpoles continued when a pole 10 feet taller was built in Tajikistan.
The president of Azerbaijan, the aggressively mustached Ilham Aliyev, was reportedly so miffed that he canceled an official trip to Tajikistan soon after.