WNN: Stars and Stripes Tall and Forever

Where in the world is the tallest flagpole?
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Yeah there -- a lot of random records -- the Guinness book of world records there's thousands of most are silly like the largest collection of traffic comes I didn't know that there is a record for Snooki. After all they might estimate PLO will all let me actor's due to a record for the world's largest a flag -- sounds pretty silly as well -- -- my beloved. -- -- Is a matter of national pride here's ABC's Ron Claiborn. You may not have noticed it went -- -- -- record setting 541. Foot tall flagpole was officially unveiled last August. But for seven million projects it was a very big deal. -- receiving an official from the Guinness book of world records on hand to certified. To really get a sense of how tall this flag pole list. You have to get up as close to it as you can. And look up. In a country where the per capita income is less than a thousand dollars a year. It may seem odd for the government to spend a reported forty million dollars on a -- The Tajikistan flag -- eclipsed the old record held by Azerbaijan another former Soviet republic in Central Asia. Azerbaijan expended a lot of pomp and circumstance. And a lot of money for a flag pole that held the -- title. For just one year and that was just the latest installment in what amounts to competitive flag pole in the before Azerbaijan. This flag pole and Turkmenistan -- -- tallest. And before them these two both in Jordan which in turn broke the record once held by Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. All of these flag poles were still -- won custody -- -- supports. This is located in Dubai but owned and run by two Americans. One of them is David chambers. We always tell our clients we're not building these flag Cold War. The record books -- -- there very majestic they're national monuments all by themselves. Chambers and his partner are former defense contractors who stumbled onto the idea of building really tall flag -- When an Emory eighty sheik asked him to build the one in Abu Dhabi the -- to learn from scratch how to do it. And now they love. I want. Have this guy is being in this business and I feel the same right that they did. -- -- -- -- -- Tajikistan to world record probably won't last long -- and is in talks to build even smaller black holes and five other countries. Malaysia Russia Saudi Arabia Iraq. And Nigerians. For some strange reason all of those countries want bears to be the exact same height 544. Feet tall. Three feet taller than Tajikistan -- but that would mean there would be five tallest flag poles in the world instead of just one. A attempting target for someone somewhere else to build. You guessed it an even taller flag -- Ron Claiborne ABC news Duchamp -- Tajikistan. Is -- from Tajikistan and having that was -- stuff that's -- wouldn't take pride in their third home that's. And it's a prickly the flag on the ball. It's 98. By a 197. Feet past and present big pole then --

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