Have you ever taken a good look at any state flags? There's some weird stuff going on there. Maryland's looks like a seizure, South Carolina's seems to be thrown together using Graphic Design for Dummies, and the rest are a mishmash of stars, stripes and crests that are near impossible to tell apart from each other. California's state flag, however, is money. See, there's a big bear. A single star. And in big, bold print at the bottom, the words "California Republic." Simple, but instantly recognizable.