If you didn’t know how old I was, it might be easy to figure out just from how often I reference Gilligan’s Island.  That alone locks me in as Generation X, even if you couldn’t figure that out from my crush on Janeane Garofalo, my appreciation of Val Kilmer, and my desire to dress like Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys.  And my love of Gilligan led me down a truly odd wormhole the other day, as the Gilligan’s Island wiki lists all the Professor’s coconut technology, from the Island Taxi to the dentist’s drill to the sheer number of things powered by that one bamboo bicycle.  It’s an impressive list, and one that leads us to today’s

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always wanted to drive the bamboo taxi, even though it would have been murder to pedal, asking: Which example of coconut technology is the BEST example of Professor Hinkley’s genius?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Hope. Everything he did with every thing he made using ‘coconut technology’ gave the Castaways hope in their exile.

    • And that makes me wonder if the Professor wasnt just trying to boost morale and convince everybody they were gonna get off the island with junk that 100% didnt work, never worked, had no hope of working.

      Maybe everything on the island was just a result of group delirium, or it was all Gilligan’s dying vision or something. Man, what a downer

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