These "honest" flags from of various countries detail what you're actually likely to find in each nation, as opposed to their time-honored traditions and myths.
Here's the best of them (h/t Imgur user andrewstnh):
The British Empire in fact collapsed after World War II because of various factors including bankruptcy and a changing political environment, but the tea industry did shape British policy across the world.
They did, however, just tie with the U.S. in soccr.
Canada, though fully autonomous, is still technically one of the realms of the Queen of England. This comes with all kinds of weird and unnecessary formalisms and mutual involvement that doesn't affect day-to-day Canadian life, but is still kind of strange.
If you wanted to be really insufferable, you could even take a tour.
This is a bit of an overstatement. In 2007 Italy exported $7 billion in shoes, a small sector in an economy worth trillions.
The Acropolis is still occasionally the center of major social events in Greece, though. Like it was for these archaeologsts who protested outside its gates in 2013 against austerity cuts.
This is basically the foundation of all Russian jokes.
Kim il-Sung is still officially North Korea's president after a constitutional amendment that had the late leader take the title into the grave. It doesn't matter, though, since the role of head of state has since laid with his descendents Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un. Both have held the titles of general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of North Korea and supreme commander of the Korean military.
The secret Swiss bank account of legend isn't what it used to be, unfortunately.