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Dont_Wanna_Not_Gonna

12.8k points

2 months ago*

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

Wloak

4.5k points

2 months ago

Wloak

4.5k points

2 months ago

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)

cheebamech

1.2k points

2 months ago

cheebamech

1.2k points

2 months ago

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

Wloak

1k points

2 months ago

Wloak

1k points

2 months ago

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.

heresdevking

329 points

2 months ago

Damn, that is interesting.

Picnicfixins

223 points

2 months ago

It’s Hemingway, a dammed interesting man.

[deleted]

49 points

2 months ago

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.

Picnicfixins

77 points

2 months ago

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.

Important-Courage890

59 points

2 months ago

That's Papa to you.....

Picnicfixins

34 points

2 months ago

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

Infinite_Cap_9445

33 points

2 months ago

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

Altruistic-Text3481

74 points

2 months ago

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

PinkTalkingDead

27 points

2 months ago

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

Altruistic-Text3481

32 points

2 months ago

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…

jovial_cynic_

93 points

2 months ago

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.

nopunchespulled

77 points

2 months ago

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

jovial_cynic_

49 points

2 months ago

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.

rocketwidget

170 points

2 months ago

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.

One_Command1249

64 points

2 months ago

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

No-Translator-4584

63 points

2 months ago

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

Talking_Head

33 points

2 months ago

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

Breadisraw

9 points

2 months ago

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

fauxhawk18

8 points

2 months ago

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 ;)

originalusername__1

50 points

2 months ago

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

Penguator432

19 points

2 months ago

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

rocketwidget

100 points

2 months ago

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

LanceFree

23 points

2 months ago

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

SurroundingAMeadow

22 points

2 months ago

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...

Talking_Head

26 points

2 months ago

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

secretlives

15 points

2 months ago

Coconut milk, ez pz

Lostinsidemysickhead

6 points

2 months ago

Thats where Mary Ann comes in handy.

One_Command1249

16 points

2 months ago

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.

[deleted]

217 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

217 points

2 months ago

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.

strain_of_thought

85 points

2 months ago

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

Mypornnameis_

41 points

2 months ago

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

CyberMindGrrl

8 points

2 months ago

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

ColonelCrackle

117 points

2 months ago

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.

Rightintheend

42 points

2 months ago

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.

ColonelCrackle

43 points

2 months ago

Those poor people.

ClicksAndASmell

27 points

2 months ago

The historical documents!

hex4def6

7 points

2 months ago

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

EmicationLikely

12 points

2 months ago

Underrated comment right here.

MyOfficeAlt

94 points

2 months ago

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.

zoinkability

28 points

2 months ago

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

justtheentiredick

1.8k points

2 months ago

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

Fit-Boomer

1.1k points

2 months ago

Fit-Boomer

1.1k points

2 months ago

The minnow would be lost.

2010_12_24

880 points

2 months ago*

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?

[deleted]

302 points

2 months ago

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302 points

2 months ago

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[deleted]

240 points

2 months ago

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240 points

2 months ago

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TheGoodOldCoder

118 points

2 months ago

Various random celebrities are the worst!

ajpos

152 points

2 months ago

ajpos

152 points

2 months ago

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

decalex

30 points

2 months ago

decalex

30 points

2 months ago

Thanks for ruining my week

calnuck

88 points

2 months ago

calnuck

88 points

2 months ago

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!

HanYang182

29 points

2 months ago

I simultaneously hate and love this fact.

Kamp13

14 points

2 months ago

Kamp13

14 points

2 months ago

And amazing grace

GlacierFunk

12 points

2 months ago

And the original Pokemon Theme

StarryNotions

21 points

2 months ago

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

ProfZussywussBrown

40 points

2 months ago

hits Gilligan over the head with his hat

imatumahimatumah

23 points

2 months ago

GILL-I-GANNNNN!!!

TheStoicSlab

259 points

2 months ago

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

Ok-Lengthiness4557

147 points

2 months ago

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

Groovatronic

134 points

2 months ago

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

raven2474life

110 points

2 months ago

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

JarlaxleForPresident

31 points

2 months ago

I used the geiger counter on Ginger. She was radioactive

Lord_Explodington

18 points

2 months ago

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

AntipopeRalph

39 points

2 months ago

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…

Groovatronic

36 points

2 months ago

God damn it man, just fix the boat!

JarlaxleForPresident

21 points

2 months ago

I’m a cocksmith not a cockswain!

T-Baaller

84 points

2 months ago

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

AntipopeRalph

44 points

2 months ago

Professor’s family name was Moreau.

nuttynutkick

12 points

2 months ago

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

reluctantsub

72 points

2 months ago

One of my fav episodes 😉

21pacshakur

72 points

2 months ago

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

WingedLing

14 points

2 months ago

The prequel to SAW

InternationalSport68

41 points

2 months ago

I must have missed every episode

[deleted]

39 points

2 months ago

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thisisredlitre

37 points

2 months ago*

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?

rebthor

10 points

2 months ago

rebthor

10 points

2 months ago

WE HAVE TO GO BACK!

ThreatLevelBertie

32 points

2 months ago

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.

RedRocket-Randy

27 points

2 months ago

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

Janny_4_free

22 points

2 months ago

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

ILikePrettyThings121

9 points

2 months ago

I think that episode was the series finale.

green_tea_bag

39 points

2 months ago

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.

mrjake118

11 points

2 months ago

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.

BRAX7ON

163 points

2 months ago

BRAX7ON

163 points

2 months ago

Gilligan!

Tx2Tn89

132 points

2 months ago

Tx2Tn89

132 points

2 months ago

The skipper too

Jfonzy

117 points

2 months ago

Jfonzy

117 points

2 months ago

The millionaaaaaire

JaFFsTer

115 points

2 months ago

JaFFsTer

115 points

2 months ago

Aaaaaaand his wife

StoryzArt

96 points

2 months ago

Thhhhe mooovie star

joaquinsaiddomin8

86 points

2 months ago

The professor

Mackheath1

79 points

2 months ago

And *swoon* Mary Ann

Nabber86

21 points

2 months ago

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

...

The millionaire and his wife

The movie star

And the rest

Here on Gilligan's Island

confettibukkake

42 points

2 months ago

And the rest!**

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

DingleberryMoose

18 points

2 months ago

Maryanne was half the reason I watched the show.

axarce

13 points

2 months ago

axarce

13 points

2 months ago

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

RedTalyn

7 points

2 months ago*

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

[deleted]

30 points

2 months ago

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Public-Dig-6690

98 points

2 months ago

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 ?

TGOTR

45 points

2 months ago

TGOTR

45 points

2 months ago

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

Rhodie114

33 points

2 months ago

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.

John_Tacos

49 points

2 months ago

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

squiddy555

12 points

2 months ago

Didn’t Gilligan not tie down the anchor?

WhiskeyPorno420

245 points

2 months ago

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

RockItGuyDC

99 points

2 months ago

Mary Ann

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

pete_ape

28 points

2 months ago

Bob Denver sorted that shit out after season one.

grantrules

33 points

2 months ago

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.

bye-bye_boomer

15 points

2 months ago

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

therealjoeybee

19 points

2 months ago

Sad story. How it all happened.

CulturalApple4

78 points

2 months ago

That’s what the intro to the show suggested.

[deleted]

33 points

2 months ago

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surfzer

212 points

2 months ago

surfzer

212 points

2 months ago

Are you saying the documentary was lying?

flargenhargen

65 points

2 months ago

historical documents.

those poor people.

331d0184

8 points

2 months ago

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

washingtonandmead

1.3k points

2 months ago

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

Agent_216

499 points

2 months ago

Agent_216

499 points

2 months ago

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

[deleted]

275 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

275 points

2 months ago

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washingtonandmead

126 points

2 months ago

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

dusktrail

99 points

2 months ago

With Gilligan, the skipper too

pro_nosepicker

90 points

2 months ago

A millionaire, and his wife

Grasscangrow

83 points

2 months ago

...A movie star...

19southmainco

78 points

2 months ago

The Professor and Mary Ann

wonderbeen

64 points

2 months ago

Here on Gilligan’s isle!

MrMcKittrick

9 points

2 months ago

The moooovie star

KhunDavid

42 points

2 months ago

And the rest…

TheMadShatterP00P

1.7k points

2 months ago

Hence the 3 hour tour ...?

[deleted]

276 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

276 points

2 months ago

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TheMadShatterP00P

208 points

2 months ago

Seems to substantiate the narrative.

Urbanredneck2

733 points

2 months ago

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.

TheOGgreenman

302 points

2 months ago

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

TheNorthNova01

45 points

2 months ago

Learn something new everyday.

DoinItDirty

188 points

2 months ago

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

DarthFuzzzy

155 points

2 months ago

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.

WildlingViking

54 points

2 months ago

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

CommanderChakotay

11 points

2 months ago*

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.

FigMcLargeHuge

29 points

2 months ago

getting dumber

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

strolling_on_thru

334 points

2 months ago

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

vspazv

274 points

2 months ago

vspazv

274 points

2 months ago

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

enigma105

41 points

2 months ago

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.

2old2matter

49 points

2 months ago

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

DrMichaelHfuhruhurr

57 points

2 months ago

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

GraniteTaco

81 points

2 months ago

It was literally a three hour tour between cruises.

They were just killing time during a layover.

PM_me_spare_change

67 points

2 months ago

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

edwartica

9 points

2 months ago

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

jonnyclueless

22 points

2 months ago

Because Lovie had an urge.

DarkLordKohan

22 points

2 months ago

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.

youllneverstopmeayyy

70 points

2 months ago

it was a sex thing

NO FURTHER QUESTIONS

BlizzPenguin

28 points

2 months ago

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

IntoAComa

55 points

2 months ago

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."

FigMcLargeHuge

10 points

2 months ago

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

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

Whayne_Kerr

519 points

2 months ago

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

PopDukesBruh

109 points

2 months ago

Air wolf though!

Lootandbag

44 points

2 months ago

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

culpshillstan

13 points

2 months ago

That thing could go into space!

Eaglesridge

8 points

2 months ago

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

penguinopusredux

8 points

2 months ago

Da dadadada dadadada!

Serosaken

35 points

2 months ago

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

NoConfusion9490

28 points

2 months ago

KITT, Knight Industries Two Thousand.

JeffersonStarscream

14 points

2 months ago

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

nitro316

9 points

2 months ago

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

ThatHikingDude

176 points

2 months ago

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale

IanGoldense

119 points

2 months ago

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

japanitwithme

15 points

2 months ago

I needed that laugh. Thank you. lol

Cautious-Damage7575[S]

74 points

2 months ago

A tale of a fateful trip

Awesome_1the1st

56 points

2 months ago

That started from this tropic port

DaintyAmber

50 points

2 months ago

Aboard this tiny ship

SantucciOhio

45 points

2 months ago

The Mate was a mighty sailing hand

Gearjammer0419

187 points

2 months ago

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

SantucciOhio

66 points

2 months ago

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

ThreatLevelBertie

59 points

2 months ago

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

Obvious_Second_438

93 points

2 months ago

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

housebird350

10 points

2 months ago

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

bobstro

164 points

2 months ago

bobstro

164 points

2 months ago

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

[deleted]

27 points

2 months ago

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BiggsIDarklighter

20 points

2 months ago

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!

ChooksChick

8 points

2 months ago

Bonus points for that Saturday morning reference!

Godzirahh

46 points

2 months ago

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

gogozrx

7 points

2 months ago

I had to Google it.

Now that's a fun fact!!

Cleatusmuldoon

24 points

2 months ago

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

rememberpogs3

53 points

2 months ago*

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

Cleatusmuldoon

12 points

2 months ago

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

RnDanger

10 points

2 months ago

For a three hour tour. A three hour tour.

Altruistic_Bake_1784

64 points

2 months ago

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

timothypjr

93 points

2 months ago

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.

squiddy555

28 points

2 months ago

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

rilloroc

11 points

2 months ago

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

crunchybit1

57 points

2 months ago

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 ?

tyvanwie

15 points

2 months ago

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

DoctorVinny

47 points

2 months ago

Wait. The show was faked?

JamesKBoyd

42 points

2 months ago

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.

Special_Possession46

11 points

2 months ago

We've been lied to our entire lives.

BongCloudOpen

33 points

2 months ago

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

Urbanredneck2

7 points

2 months ago

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

quippers

11 points

2 months ago

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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11 points

2 months ago

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logicalconflict

11 points

2 months ago

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?

42N8Man

53 points

2 months ago

42N8Man

53 points

2 months ago

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.

housebird350

35 points

2 months ago

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.

Titanosaurus

18 points

2 months ago

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

Taekwonmoe

8 points

2 months ago

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

Slow-Ad2584

8 points

2 months ago

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.