PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State

This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State

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As holidays go, Flag Day doesn't get much respect. It doesn't get the fireworks of July 4 or the solemn fanfare of Memorial Day. Heck, chances are you don't even get Flag Day off. In that sense, Flag Day is kind of like Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, and the litany of other small territories and possessions that the good ol' US hasn't graced with full statehood. But what if one of them did finally squeak through? Well, for one thing, America would suddenly need to reconfigure the stars and stripes. The possibilities for a 51-star flag aren't exactly endless, but they sure are weird. Just in time for Flag Day, here's a look at 10 proposals that would probably make Betsy Ross give up needlepoint.

The (Yawn) Standard
It's nothing exciting, but this traditional arrangement is probably the likeliest to be used IRL.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Triple-Diamond
America: We're either the most dangerous ski slope ever, or a country with too many states and not enough graphic designers.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Oops
Let's face it, this is how the government takes care of a lot of things.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Circle
Besides the symmetry, it has the bonus of being usable when America finally takes control of Earth.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Whaaaaat?
Is it a flag, or a Fourth of July picnic napkin?
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Trippy Star of Stars
"I pledge allegiance to the flag...and to the ninja for which it stands."
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Sand Dollar
We can't be the only ones who see that, right? It's like Betsy Ross meets Salt Life.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Smartass
Oh, you say China is beating us at math? We're pretty good at multiplication, though.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The…?
This is either a clever star configuration, or Batman being tortured in a dungeon with the walls closing in.
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
The Greatest Flag Ever Known to Man Ever
No, seriously, this is awesome. Could you imagine how much tea partiers would hate Obama if he presided over an America where Puerto Rico is a state and this is Old Glory? You can't? We should find out. And all get tattoos of it, too. You first!
PHOTO: This Could Be the New US Flag if Puerto Rico Becomes a State.
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