We ask that our older readers hold all Gilligan’s Island jokes until the end. While that 1960s TV staple was widely mocked for presenting an assortment of elaborate bamboo-made gadgets used by the main group of castaways, it now looks like it might not have been too far off. Designers Albrecht Birkner and Kenneth Cobonpue have crafted their own car made out of bamboo. The goal was to create a new lightweight, economically viable, and totally green car. Bamboo-cane has been used in the construction of furniture for centuries due to its high tensile and impact strength as well as the ease in which it can be shaped to the designer’s wishes.