r/Damnthatsinteresting Sep 29 '22 Helpful 5 Wholesome 2 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Snek 1 Silver 2 Gold 2

The boat used as the S.S. Minnow in Gilligan's Island was a 1964 Wheeler with a cruising speed of 12 knots, which couldn't have traveled more than 41.5 miles Image

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u/Dont_Wanna_Not_Gonna Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 30 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Bravo! Snek Eureka! Brighten My Day

Under its own power, maybe. But when the weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed, so the storm must have carried it away.

Edit: Thanks for the Gold! And the Eureka, Brighten My Day, and Bravo awards! And to think my mom said having a smart mouth and watching TV all day would never get me anywhere! I

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u/Wloak Sep 29 '22 Silver

It has a much higher range than 41.5 miles, OP calculated that based on top speed and how far it could get during the planned 3 hour tour.

Actual range was 400 nautical miles (plus whatever extra boost the storm gave them)

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u/cheebamech Sep 29 '22

thanks for this; I have a tiny 14' skiff and it can do damn near 30 mile round trips, given Minnow's size it seemed like it would go quite a bit further

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u/Wloak Sep 29 '22

Yeah, Ernest Hemingway had a 1930's model of the same boat and would cruise it from Key West down to Havana (100+ miles) to compete in boating competitions. He actually modified his with a bigger engine for speed but also reduced his max range. That alone shows the ~40 mile range is way off.

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u/heresdevking Sep 29 '22

Damn, that is interesting.

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u/Picnicfixins Sep 29 '22

It’s Hemingway, a dammed interesting man.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

Interesting and damned. The FBI and, likely, KGB did a number on his mental health. He was paranoid, and there were men watching him from the shadows.

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u/Picnicfixins Sep 29 '22

He did body recovery of a munitions factory that blew up in WWI, he saw the burning of Smyrna, the death of the Spanish Republic, Hürtgen, some of the battle of the bulge and he also had most of his friends die in pretty quick succession. A lot of people get done in with any ONE of these things happening.

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u/Important-Courage890 Sep 29 '22

That's Papa to you.....

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u/Picnicfixins Sep 29 '22

I’m more of a Gertrude Stein girl if you catch my drift

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u/Infinite_Cap_9445 Sep 29 '22

Psh, my mom wishes she could pull that type of tail

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u/Altruistic-Text3481 Sep 29 '22

Everything about Hemingway is interesting. Ken Burns has an amazing Hemingway documentary.

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u/PinkTalkingDead Sep 29 '22

Ooh I didn’t know that. I want to watch immediately

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u/Altruistic-Text3481 Sep 29 '22

Watched it about one year ago. I learned so much. I’ve always loved his stories. Up in Michigan was one of my favorites as I grew up in Michigan. It gives you a very personal look at his life and starts with his odd relationship with his mother dressing him up as a girl. Watch it and see the birth of creativity, short sentences, wars, sailing, fishing and cross dressing. It’s quite a story. Only it’s non fiction…

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u/jovial_cynic_ Sep 29 '22

I think the 41 mile range isn't about fuel economy - it's about the 3-hours of stated travel time. Ie., in 3 hours, they can only have gotten 41 miles away from their port. But, you know... the weather started getting rough; the tiny ship was tossed.

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u/nopunchespulled Sep 29 '22

yeah but the cruise was supposed to be 3 hours, it never states how long they were gone after the storm

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u/jovial_cynic_ Sep 29 '22

As I'm thinking about it, if it was intended to be a 3 hour tour, the ship would have only gone out half the distance in one direction for 1.5 hours, meaning that the ship would have only been out to sea about 20 miles away from port.

But yes, the storm. I understand. It is still interesting.

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u/rocketwidget Sep 29 '22

It's pretty funny that Gilligan's Isle is notoriously riddled with plot holes, yet OP has to invent a fake one for this post to make sense? Haha.

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u/One_Command1249 Sep 29 '22 Doot 🎵 Doot

What plot holes? Name one thing or incident in the show that is not realistic!

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u/No-Translator-4584 Sep 29 '22

My favorite episode is the one where they almost got off the island.

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u/Talking_Head Sep 29 '22

I remember that one. Gilligan did something to mess it up right?

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u/Breadisraw Sep 29 '22

I remember that one! The Skipper hit Gilligan with his hat at the end.

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u/fauxhawk18 Sep 29 '22

Like Red says in that 70's show "Gilligan always screws it up. Why don't they just kill him?" Might have gotten off the island years earlier ;)

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u/originalusername__1 Sep 29 '22

My favorite was how the professor could build a radio from a coconut but couldn’t fix a boat.

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u/Penguator432 Sep 29 '22

That was because the whole boat got destroyed in an early episode when they tried to reglue everything together not realizing the super-glue Gilligan discovered wasn’t permanent

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u/rocketwidget Sep 29 '22

Well for starters, why didn't the eagles simply fly the ring to Mordor?

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u/LanceFree Sep 29 '22

Well, for starters: how did they make coconut cream pies without eggs and milk?

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u/SurroundingAMeadow Sep 29 '22

Eggs isn't really an issue. On a tropical island there are birds. Might take a bit of trial and error to recalibrate the recipes, but there are eggs available. Milk on the other hand... Ummm...

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u/Talking_Head Sep 29 '22

They milked Ginger every day. That is how they made cheese as well.

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u/secretlives Sep 29 '22

Coconut milk, ez pz

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u/Lostinsidemysickhead Sep 29 '22

Thats where Mary Ann comes in handy.

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u/One_Command1249 Sep 29 '22

Okay...that is a good point. I never thought about that. That is completely impossible and clearly the writers screwed up.

Other than that though? The show was airtight. logically.

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u/[deleted] Sep 29 '22

But…. It was a 3 hour tour. That doesn’t mean they were on the boat for only 3 hours, but what the tour was scheduled for. The storm came off threw them way off course. It could have been hours of fighting waves and the storm before being stranded. We don’t know how long the storm lasted.

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u/strain_of_thought Sep 29 '22

And once they got disoriented they might have spent hours fighting the storm by motoring in the wrong direction.

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u/Mypornnameis_ Sep 29 '22

They could have drifted for days after losing the engine or running out of fuel

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u/CyberMindGrrl Sep 29 '22

I never could figure out why the Howells brought so much luggage with them for an only three hour tour.

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u/ColonelCrackle Sep 29 '22

They "set sail that day for a three hour tour ". At no point in the song does it state that they arrived at the island within that three hour time frame.

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u/Rightintheend Sep 29 '22

And Nowhere does it say that they actually motored the whole way, they could have ran out of fuel and drifted for 10 days before washing up on an island.

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u/ColonelCrackle Sep 29 '22

Those poor people.

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u/ClicksAndASmell Sep 29 '22

The historical documents!

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u/hex4def6 Sep 29 '22

Is there no one on your planet who behaves in a way that is contrary to reality?

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u/EmicationLikely Sep 29 '22

Underrated comment right here.

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u/MyOfficeAlt Sep 29 '22

Thank you. I wasn't thinking it all the way through and I was like, "41 miles? I know they're not terribly economical but that's a dogshit range." I wasn't thinking about the speed limit vs time of trip.

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u/zoinkability Sep 29 '22

Apparently it was equipped with the optional lawn mower gas tank instead of the standard one.

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u/justtheentiredick Sep 29 '22

If not for the courage of the fear less crew the Minnow would be lost

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u/Fit-Boomer Sep 29 '22

The minnow would be lost.

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u/2010_12_24 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Did you guys ever see that episode where they almost got off the island, but at the last minute, Gilligan screwed everything up and they missed their chance?

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u/TheGoodOldCoder Sep 29 '22

Various random celebrities are the worst!

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u/ajpos Sep 29 '22 Gold Take My Energy

Did you know that you can sing almost every Emily Dickinson poem to the tune of Gilligan's Island?

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u/decalex Sep 29 '22

Thanks for ruining my week

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u/calnuck Sep 29 '22

Yeah righ... fuck.

I taste a liquor never brewed –
From Tankards scooped in Pearl –
Not all the Frankfort Berries
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew –
Reeling – thro' endless summer days –
From inns of molten Blue –
(From inns of molten Blue – )

When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door –
When Butterflies – renounce their "drams" –
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats –
And Saints – to windows run –
To see the little Tippler
Leaning against the – Sun!

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u/HanYang182 Sep 29 '22

I simultaneously hate and love this fact.

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u/Kamp13 Sep 29 '22

And amazing grace

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u/GlacierFunk Sep 29 '22

And the original Pokemon Theme

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u/StarryNotions Sep 29 '22

Well that’s plum not true, they got off the island eventually!

Probably just Hollywood realizing eventually the celebs weren’t milking some nonsense for allure, there actually were people stranded out there! Imagine the celeb of the day breaking down crying on the Tonight Show or whatever, just full body sobbing they can’t help those poor stranded people, while the host and audience laugh and applaud their acting skills

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u/ProfZussywussBrown Sep 29 '22

hits Gilligan over the head with his hat

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u/imatumahimatumah Sep 29 '22

GILL-I-GANNNNN!!!

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u/TheStoicSlab Sep 29 '22

Ya, that was great. But, did you see the one where the professor made something unbelievably amazing out of coconuts and twine?!?

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u/Ok-Lengthiness4557 Sep 29 '22

Made a fricken radio out of coconuts, but couldn't figure a way off the island, ffs.

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u/Groovatronic Sep 29 '22

Dude made a Geiger counter once, a fucking Geiger counter.

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u/raven2474life Sep 29 '22 Gold

It’s too early, I misread that as Ginger counter and was like… so it counted to 1?

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u/JarlaxleForPresident Sep 29 '22

I used the geiger counter on Ginger. She was radioactive

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u/Lord_Explodington Sep 29 '22

Until one day...it hit 2. There were no survivors.

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u/AntipopeRalph Sep 29 '22

Why it’s simple, if we suspend these coconuts with twine in this bucket of water, I can carefully place this lump of iron ore at the bottom…and now when we are near radiation the coconut will click against the wall of the bucket trying to escape the lump of iron…

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u/Groovatronic Sep 29 '22

God damn it man, just fix the boat!

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u/JarlaxleForPresident Sep 29 '22

I’m a cocksmith not a cockswain!

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u/T-Baaller Sep 29 '22

The Professor was clearly keeping them on the island to experiment with.

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u/AntipopeRalph Sep 29 '22

Professor’s family name was Moreau.

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u/nuttynutkick Sep 29 '22

There was an episode like that where a mad scientist takes them to his island and swaps their brains.

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u/reluctantsub Sep 29 '22

One of my fav episodes 😉

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u/21pacshakur Sep 29 '22

Gilligans Isle...is an anagram for Gilligans Lies! It all makes sense now!!!

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u/WingedLing Sep 29 '22

The prequel to SAW

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u/InternationalSport68 Sep 29 '22

I must have missed every episode

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u/thisisredlitre Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

How about in the movie where they get off the island, miss their lives there, then decide to take another cruise in an identical boat named the Minnow II and crash on the same damn island at the end?

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u/rebthor Sep 29 '22

WE HAVE TO GO BACK!

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u/ThreatLevelBertie Sep 29 '22

I dont know why the cameramen and television producers didnt help to rescue them. Just stood around filming these poor shipwrecked souls for our amusement. Its obscene.

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u/RedRocket-Randy Sep 29 '22

I remember The Harlem Globetrotters got stuck on the Island and they played basketball against the crew.

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u/Janny_4_free Sep 29 '22

If I'm not mistaken they did get off the island one time and they went on a cruise in the SS MINNOW 2 and Gilligan did something to the compass and they got lost and ended up on the same island. I vaguely remember the episode because it's been 10+ years since I saw it but seems like that's the gist of it

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u/ILikePrettyThings121 Sep 29 '22

I think that episode was the series finale.

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u/green_tea_bag Sep 29 '22

I saw the one where each castaway chipped away at the plan individually. Taking advantage of Gilligain with bribery, burglary, bullying and seduction. The cumalative effects of their small crimes destroy the plan. And Gilligain becomes the easy scapegoat.

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u/mrjake118 Sep 29 '22

Honestly at a certain point I'm amazed they didn't just kill the guy and use him for his protein. After a while, it almost seems like he was doing it on purpose.

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u/BRAX7ON Sep 29 '22

Gilligan!

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u/Tx2Tn89 Sep 29 '22

The skipper too

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u/Jfonzy Sep 29 '22

The millionaaaaaire

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u/JaFFsTer Sep 29 '22

Aaaaaaand his wife

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u/StoryzArt Sep 29 '22

Thhhhe mooovie star

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u/joaquinsaiddomin8 Sep 29 '22

The professor

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u/Mackheath1 Sep 29 '22

And *swoon* Mary Ann

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u/Nabber86 Sep 29 '22

In the earliest seasons, the didn't mention Maryann and the professor were not mentioned in the theme song. It went:

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The millionaire and his wife

The movie star

And the rest

Here on Gilligan's Island

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u/confettibukkake Sep 29 '22

And the rest!**

**if we're doing OG version. How they thought the professor and Maryanne weren't originally worth naming is beyond me.

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u/DingleberryMoose Sep 29 '22

Maryanne was half the reason I watched the show.

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u/axarce Sep 29 '22

I believe Bob Denver demanded that their names be added in the second season.

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u/RedTalyn Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

It was only two more people. LOL! I never knew this bit of trivia. Thank you.

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u/Public-Dig-6690 Sep 29 '22

Weren't the castaways lost at sea and stranded on an uncharted desert Isle. That's how I remember it. Btw why would anyone pack so many suitcases full of clothes for a three hour cruise ?

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u/TGOTR Sep 29 '22

They were killing time as they were waiting for a bigger boat for a cruise

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u/Rhodie114 Sep 29 '22

I mean, you need some heavy suspension of disbelief for that show, given how often guest stars would show up then find a way off.

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u/John_Tacos Sep 29 '22

Already check out of one hotel and haven’t checked into another yet?

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u/squiddy555 Sep 29 '22

Didn’t Gilligan not tie down the anchor?

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u/WhiskeyPorno420 Sep 29 '22

With Gilligan, the Skipper too. A millionaire and his wife, a movie star, the proffessor and Mary Ann, here on Gilligan's isle.

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u/RockItGuyDC Sep 29 '22

Mary Ann

I believe she prefers to be called "the rest".

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u/pete_ape Sep 29 '22

Bob Denver sorted that shit out after season one.

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u/grantrules Sep 29 '22

Yeah, what a pro move. The studio didn't want to reshoot to add the prof and mary-ann, but I think the contract Bob Denver had allowed him to choose where his billing was, and he said if the prof and mary-ann weren't in the opening credits, he didn't want to be either. And it'd be weird to have the star of the show not in the opening so the studio caved and re-shot.

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u/bye-bye_boomer Sep 29 '22

GG Gilligan. He was already pretty well known after Dobie Gillis playing Maynard G Krebbs. I guess he felt comfortable swinging his balls around

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u/therealjoeybee Sep 29 '22

Sad story. How it all happened.

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u/CulturalApple4 Sep 29 '22

That’s what the intro to the show suggested.

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u/surfzer Sep 29 '22

Are you saying the documentary was lying?

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u/flargenhargen Sep 29 '22

historical documents.

those poor people.

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u/331d0184 Sep 29 '22

By Grabthar’s hammer….. what a savings. 😑

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u/washingtonandmead Sep 29 '22

It didn’t sail that far. It was tossed.

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u/Agent_216 Sep 29 '22

If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the minnow would be lost.

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u/washingtonandmead Sep 29 '22

And that’s when the ship struck ground on the shore of that uncharted desert isle

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u/dusktrail Sep 29 '22

With Gilligan, the skipper too

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u/pro_nosepicker Sep 29 '22

A millionaire, and his wife

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u/Grasscangrow Sep 29 '22

...A movie star...

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u/19southmainco Sep 29 '22

The Professor and Mary Ann

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u/wonderbeen Sep 29 '22

Here on Gilligan’s isle!

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u/MrMcKittrick Sep 29 '22

The moooovie star

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u/TheMadShatterP00P Sep 29 '22

Hence the 3 hour tour ...?

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u/TheMadShatterP00P Sep 29 '22

Seems to substantiate the narrative.

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u/Urbanredneck2 Sep 29 '22

Story is that Sherwood Shwartz, the creator of the show, got called into the office of the head of the Coast Guard who wanted to show him all these letters from fans who thought the tv show was real and the Coast Guard should rescue them.

Plus, they used about 3 different boats for the show and 2 were just mockups.

Funny story - they were filming in Hawaii and old Hawaiian wandered into the set not knowing what was going on. He grew alarmed when he saw them taking hammers to the side of the "boat" and busting holes in it.

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u/TheOGgreenman Sep 29 '22

The actual boat is now docked at a restaurant in Parksville/Qualicum, BC

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u/TheNorthNova01 Sep 29 '22

Learn something new everyday.

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u/DoinItDirty Sep 29 '22

When people say america is getting dumber, I think about things like your first fun fact.

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u/DarthFuzzzy Sep 29 '22

Exactly. Social media makes it seem like humans are getting less intelligent, but all it's really doing is giving the idiots who were already there a louder voice.

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u/WildlingViking Sep 29 '22

I wonder if back before social media you had to work like hell, be intelligent and have talent in order to rise up through different levels of publication or media in order for your voice to be heard in a public forum. You had to climb the ladder, so to speak, and very few were lucky and good enough to have their voice heard over everyone else’s.

Just in 1985 for example, you could be on tv, radio, write in the newspaper and a few other random things to be heard, but there weren’t near enough places for everyone to be heard publicly.

Now? Anyone and everyone can make a Twitter, fbook, ig, acct or whatever and scream alllllll day about anything they want, and then label it their truth. That means instead of someone working their way up the ladder of public influence, they just have to have a phone and enough intelligence to register and boom, they’re voicing their got damned dumb fucking opinions.

Alright, I feel better now after I’ve gotten that off my chest.. Lol

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u/CommanderChakotay Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

This is how I've always felt. I remember being a teenager when I first got Xbox Live and I instantly made so many online friends, most of whom seemed like pretty smart rational people. Getting Xbox Live at the time required you to coordinate multiple things that weren't ubiquitous yet. You needed DSL/Cable internet when most still had dial-up. You needed to get the adapter kit for the OG Xbox to even connect to Xbox Live. You needed a headset to voice chat, and you needed to find the right games that had properly implemented the Xbox Live API and provided a space for socializing. Just enough complexity to weed out anyone too dumb to put in a little effort. Then the Xbox 360 came out, fast internet began to dominate, Xbox Live got baked into the firmware and was easy to setup, and just like that the toxic interactions with morons went up by several orders of magnitude. OG XBL days were like a garden of eden lol. We didn't even have ways to report people to get them in trouble but we didn't need them because the toxicity was minute in comparison to the genuinely kind and fun interactions we had. Today it's so normal to expect others to be shitty that nobody even uses voice chat publicly anymore. We form private parties and vet the hell out of potential new friends before letting them in.

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u/FigMcLargeHuge Sep 29 '22

getting dumber

Tells me that people have been this dumb all along, now they just have faster ways of making it known.

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u/strolling_on_thru Sep 29 '22

Oh, so there was no reason the Howells had their wardrobes and money????

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u/vspazv Sep 29 '22

Hadn't gotten to their hotel yet and didn't want to leave their luggage at the port.

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u/enigma105 Sep 29 '22

Did this on a trip once before we made it to the hotel (arrived in town early that morning). We were going air boating and were told that they could store our luggage for us. Turns out the luggage was just tied on the front of the air boat and went on the tour with us.

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u/2old2matter Sep 29 '22

This True Believer just won a No-Prize! Excelsior!

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u/DrMichaelHfuhruhurr Sep 29 '22

Or, as millionaires, why were they on a shitty little cruise?

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u/GraniteTaco Sep 29 '22

It was literally a three hour tour between cruises.

They were just killing time during a layover.

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u/PM_me_spare_change Sep 29 '22 Helpful

There isn't a single plot hole in Gilligan's Island. I wish people would stop trying already.

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u/edwartica Sep 29 '22

It might have been because Ginger was on it. Rich people love to hobnob with celebrities.

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u/jonnyclueless Sep 29 '22

Because Lovie had an urge.

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u/DarkLordKohan Sep 29 '22

When you are a tourist, you get swindled.

I took a dinner cruise in Hawaii. The captain was called Capt Tiger; the boat looked like Amvets, the boat was out of liquor and no cold drinks, the food was from a backyard grill and on lunch trays. The entertainment was the wait staff stopping service to dance or juggle fire. Then it was a surfing dvd. Nice view though.

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u/youllneverstopmeayyy Sep 29 '22

it was a sex thing

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS

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u/BlizzPenguin Sep 29 '22

What if the entire situation was orchestrated by the Howells to avoid the feds because of white-collar crimes?

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u/IntoAComa Sep 29 '22

I feel stupid even taking the time to type this, but the trip was meant to be a three hour tour. Shit went wrong. I'm no Gilligan's Island lore specialist, but the song sure never said how long they were on the water before they "set ground."

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u/FigMcLargeHuge Sep 29 '22

I feel stupid even taking the time to type this, but

Right, it's a conundrum. Do I engage these idiots/bots or what?

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u/Whayne_Kerr Sep 29 '22

Next you’ll try to tell me that Knight Rider wasn’t real.

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u/PopDukesBruh Sep 29 '22

Air wolf though!

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u/Lootandbag Sep 29 '22

Holy hell, how did I forget about Airwolf? When the fight music tempo rises, you know Stringfellow is about to fire a missile and win

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u/culpshillstan Sep 29 '22

That thing could go into space!

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u/Eaglesridge Sep 29 '22

Nobody remembers airwolfe, so when I describe it as A Team + Knight Rider + A Helicopter they finally remember that incredible show

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u/Serosaken Sep 29 '22

"The car's name was Kit. No one rode Michael Knight."

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u/NoConfusion9490 Sep 29 '22

KITT, Knight Industries Two Thousand.

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u/JeffersonStarscream Sep 29 '22

He had a wife at one point in the series. I'd guess she rode Michael Knight.

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u/nitro316 Sep 29 '22

KITT had a wife? That show got sloppy toward the end.

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u/ThatHikingDude Sep 29 '22

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale

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u/IanGoldense Sep 29 '22 Silver Helpful

of how I became the prince of a town called Bel Aire.

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u/japanitwithme Sep 29 '22

I needed that laugh. Thank you. lol

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u/Cautious-Damage7575 Sep 29 '22

A tale of a fateful trip

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u/Awesome_1the1st Sep 29 '22

That started from this tropic port

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u/DaintyAmber Sep 29 '22

Aboard this tiny ship

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u/SantucciOhio Sep 29 '22

The Mate was a mighty sailing hand

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u/Gearjammer0419 Sep 29 '22

If this is the case, the Skipper just aquired that boat new. No doubt his lack of experience with this boat was a contributing factor to the loss

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u/SantucciOhio Sep 29 '22

Early episodes make it clear the Skipper was an experienced seaman, going all the way back to WWII.

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u/ThreatLevelBertie Sep 29 '22

Of course, he'd been in dozens of shipwrecks. Some werent even his fault.

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u/Obvious_Second_438 Sep 29 '22

The song specifically states if not for the courage of the fearless crew the Minnow would have been lost.

It doesn’t mention experience. Plausible

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u/housebird350 Sep 29 '22

If I had to guess....Gilligan fucked up.

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u/bobstro Sep 29 '22

The plight of the USS Minow has been thoroughly analyzed and documented. These conspiracy theories are getting out of hand.

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u/BiggsIDarklighter Sep 29 '22

I didn’t look it up, I believe it was a Reddit post awhile back and I remembered, I remembered! A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter!

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u/ChooksChick Sep 29 '22

Bonus points for that Saturday morning reference!

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u/Godzirahh Sep 29 '22

Because the network censors wouldn’t let them name the boat SS ANALBUTTPLUG

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u/gogozrx Sep 29 '22

I had to Google it.

Now that's a fun fact!!

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u/Cleatusmuldoon Sep 29 '22

Why did the Howells have so much luggage? And no staff?

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u/rememberpogs3 Sep 29 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

Probably evading litigation. Mr. Howell was doing some shady business deals And knew he was about to get caught. He and the wife packed up a trunk load of cash and most of the assets that they didn’t want seized, and intentionally sabotaged the tour so that they could hide out on an island in the Pacific until the statute of limitations was up

EDIT: He had Gilligan in his pocket the whole time. They worked out a plan to sail on a day that a storm was approaching and Gilligan steered them off course deliberately. With each rescue attempt, Gilligan was responsible for sabotaging any hope the crew had of getting off the island in exchange for a promise of fortune when they finally returned to the mainland

EDIT 2: The rest of the crew was carefully chosen to accommodate the Howells’ needs on the island. Weeks of planning went into it, to coax each one onto the boat on that very day. To help ensure survival, Mr. Howell selected the professor. For entertainment, Ginger. For meal preparation and housekeeping, Mary Ann. The skipper he only kept alive in case they eventually needed to sail back on a makeshift boat

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u/Cleatusmuldoon Sep 29 '22

Yeah that’s possible. Lovey probably didn’t know about Thurstons Illicit business dealings. What a nightmare

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u/RnDanger Sep 29 '22

For a three hour tour. A three hour tour.

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u/Altruistic_Bake_1784 Sep 29 '22

Storm carried them to the island, not the engine. Come on man.

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u/timothypjr Sep 29 '22 Helpful

This is the thing that forces you out of your suspension of disbelief? I mean, everything the professor did was implausible. I’m still hung up on the fact that they didn’t immediately kill and eat Thurston Howell.

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u/squiddy555 Sep 29 '22

It’s not impossible, the professor just knew how to tap into underwater phone lines

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u/rilloroc Sep 29 '22

There's a couple people on that show I thought about eating and Thurston ain't one of them.

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u/crunchybit1 Sep 29 '22

I was taught the roadrunner was ,in fact faster than a coyote with unlimited acme credit line . The moral of the story, don't Martians wear roman helmets and sound like they're from Jersey ?

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u/tyvanwie Sep 29 '22

Ah yeah, THATS the only flaw in logic with that show.

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u/DoctorVinny Sep 29 '22

Wait. The show was faked?

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u/JamesKBoyd Sep 29 '22 Silver

Weird Story Time!

When I was like 12, my mother and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas. One of the places we visited while there was the island that was used for the exterior shots of Gilligan's Island. The cruise ship parked way out at sea, and several "shuttle boats" are used to get thousands of people to the island. I wanted to swim with dolphins, so that was mainly what I did on the island. I also did some type of "treasure hunt".

When it came time to take the shuttle back to the ship, I realized that all of the shuttles had already left. This was in the very early 90s, no cell phones or anything like that. My mom just assumed that I had boarded a different shuttle than her and that we would meet back up in the room on the ship.

Nope. I was stranded on Gilligan's Island for about an hour, until my mother was able to get one of the shuttles to go back specifically to get me.

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u/Special_Possession46 Sep 29 '22

We've been lied to our entire lives.

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u/BongCloudOpen Sep 29 '22

Listen to the damn song, "for a 3 hour tour" and then the ocean puts it where it wants it when there is a problem. Now let us argue about more fictional topics! Next up, the movie Twilight

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u/Urbanredneck2 Sep 29 '22

Right. They left Hawaii and just went a few miles out to check out some sites.

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u/quippers Sep 29 '22

They didn't boat to the island, they crashed on it.

The mate was a mighty sailin' man,

The Skipper brave and sure.

Five passengers set sail that day

For a three hour tour,

A three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,

the tiny ship was tossed.

If not for the courage of the fearless crew,

The Minnow would be lost,

The Minnow would be lost.

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u/logicalconflict Sep 29 '22

Right. Next you'll tell me they couldn't have made a coconut lie detector? Or that the Harlem Globetrotters couldn't have visited for a few days?

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u/42N8Man Sep 29 '22

So let’s do some basic math.

If you remember from geometry class, the area of a circle can be calculated as pi times r (radius) squared.

If the ship can travel a maximum of 41.5 miles, that’s the radius from the departure point.

In the show, the premise is they left from Honolulu, so we are talking open ocean on all sides.

Calculating area is 3.141592 times the radius (41.5 miles) squared, meaning 41.5 miles times 41.5 miles. (1722.25 miles).

This gives you an area of over 5400 square miles that the Minnow could be.

By comparison that is nearly the size of Connecticut and over twice the size of Delaware.

The premise of the show may be a bit silly, but the idea they could be lost on an uncharted, uninhabited island for a few years is not. There’s a whole lot of empty ocean out there with plenty of tiny specks of land.

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u/housebird350 Sep 29 '22

Also, the tour was scheduled for 3 hours, but no one knows how long the storm lasted, it could have blown for a week or so.

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u/Titanosaurus Sep 29 '22

They haven’t even found tha missing Malaysian plane. What makes you think they can find the SS Minnow?

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u/Taekwonmoe Sep 29 '22

But got caught in a storm, even out of fuel, they could have been pushed way beyond 41 miles.

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u/Slow-Ad2584 Sep 29 '22

Ah the 3 hour tour math.

But then the weather started getting rough, the tiny ship was tossed. Probably for days. Storms don't just end right away.

Not sure what the courage of the crew would have to do with anything that day

But the Minnow sure was lost.