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The Voyage of the Mimi

By Matthew Yglesias

"The Voyage of the Mimi"

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Okay, time for an informal survey. How many people know what The Voyage of the Mimi — the classic 1980s-vintage educational series starring a young Ben Affleck — is? I and many acquaintances regard it as a critical Generation Y cultural landmark, like Thundercats or the Oregon Trail, but a frighteningly large number of people don’t seem to know anything about it and think it’s weird that I know the theme song.

We watched it in my school in, I think, fourth grade and while I’m not sure I recall any of the core whale-related knowledge it was seeking to impart, I’m fairly certain that to this day I understand the basic principles underlying the construction of a solar still to collect condensation and provide drinking water in case you’re ever stranded in the wilderness.

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