Florida: Sadly, A State

As you can see, Florida’s state quarter shows probably the greatest event in state history: the day the Space Shuttle fought some pirates for control of Gilligan’s Island. This was one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War; schoolchildren learn about the battle in first grade through the old song, “Battle Hymn of Gilligan’s Island.” Who cannot be brought to tears by the lyrics, “Some pirates were lost that day/and the Professor and Mary Anne”…?

For those of you who didn’t get as far as first grade in your schooling, here’s what happened. The Space Shuttle and some pirates fought for control of Gilligan’s Island, and then they put it on Florida’s state quarter. It’s just that simple. And yet, so complicated and nuanced.

Now, if anyone brings up the state of Florida in the office or on the train, you can join in the conversation and tell them about that time when the Space Shuttle and some pirates fought for control of Gilligan’s Island. You’re welcome.

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