Happy Hammock Day

Homer Simpson in hammockJuly 22 is Hammock Day.

According to Holiday Insights, “Hammock Day exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed. People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible. Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay. But, it is not a day for work. Cutting the lawn is forbidden on this day.”

Fred Flintstone in hammockWhen you think of a TV hammock, who do you think of? The answer might be Fred Flintstone, who was often seen slumbering in a hammock. Or perhaps you think of Homer Simpson, who also enjoys hammock naps.

But I immediately flash on Gilligan and the Skipper, who slept in hammocks that were stacked one above the other, bunk-bed style.

Over the years, people have raised many questions about Gilligan’s Island. Why did they bring all those clothes for a three-hour tour? Why couldn’t the Professor build a boat? How come all the guest characters could come and go, but the castaways couldn’t? Why didn’t anyone have sex? But no one ever questions why Gilligan and the Skipper arranged their hammocks like bunk beds when there was plenty of space on the island. (The answer, of course, is that it provided more opportunities for physical comedy that way.)

Gilligan and the Skipper in hammocks, from “Ghost-a-Go-Go,” Gilligan’s Island (March 24, 1966)

One comment

  1. We need another Sherwood Schwarz to jazz TV up. You have made me realize that (save Gilligan) all of these hammocking men were quite corpulent. One would think that hammocks were only made for the lithe and lean. Now I’m going to google Burl Ives in a hammock.

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