Check out this rather involved story about how to place 51 stars on the U.S. flag, in the event Puerto Rico were to become a state.
The story in Slate magazine is titled "13 Stripes and 51 stars: A mathematician figures out how to jam an extra star on the American flag."
I am not advocating one way or the other for or against statehood. But I know this is one of those ludicrous discussions that people have.
Do we really need a mathematician for this? Is it really that complicated? As my friend Tato Conrad said, "Just make them (the stars) smaller."
Now, that's a novel and simple idea.