I would advise against even bringing up the history behind the boots. I speak from experience. I sail. I am very into the culture that surrounds it, my whole family participates, its something I know a lot about. My dad taught us the code flags when we were little, and it is something I have always remembered, and it is fun in popular culture to see where they will pop up. I was with friends in high school, and one had a new belt, with signal flags all around. I usually look to see if they spell out anything, as sometimes designers will put something in there, altho more often than not, it is random. Well, dead center in the back of this belt it spelled out a four letter word starting with f.... Friend was not amused when this was pointed out, and to the best of my knowledge never wore it again, which is a shame as it was a nice belt, and honestly, how often are you going to run into someone who knows? But it hurt friends idea of the belt. Were I to see it now, I would chuckle to myself, and let it go. Just because you know something doesn't mean you have to share.