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.
America: We're either the most dangerous ski slope ever, or a country with too many states and not enough graphic designers.
Let's face it, this is how the government takes care of a lot of things.
Besides the symmetry, it has the bonus of being usable when America finally takes control of Earth.
Is it a flag, or a Fourth of July picnic napkin?
The Trippy Star of Stars
"I pledge allegiance to the flag...and to the ninja for which it stands."
The Sand Dollar
We can't be the only ones who see that, right? It's like Betsy Ross meets Salt Life.
Oh, you say China is beating us at math? We're pretty good at multiplication, though.
This is either a clever star configuration, or Batman being tortured in a dungeon with the walls closing in.
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!
It’s designed to be the primary source of food for residents and he and the interns planted 300 varieties of fruits and vegetables that they then turned into meals like plantain burgers with pumpkin chips by the summer’s end.