neat-o-rama’s myths and truths about pirates

Published November 24th, 2007 by Bobby Henderson


From our friends at neat-o-rama, 7 Myths and Truths about Pirates:

We’ve all got an idea of what it was like to be a pirate in the 1700s – but a lot of it is pure Hollywood hooey. Here’s a few of our most common misconceptions about pirates … and the truth about them.

Here’s the link

67 Responses to “neat-o-rama’s myths and truths about pirates”

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  1. Dogma's A Bitch says:

    Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out.

    And if’n I understand the protocol here (I’m new)…..GOLD??

  2. Azuth says:

    Wow, a newcomer grabs silver as well as gold. Cool article, btw.

  3. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Congrats to you two and welcome :)
    “Few (if any) pirate ships ever used “the plank.” When pirates took over a ship, they usually let the captured crewmembers choose between joining the pirate crew or jumping overboard. Why go to all the trouble of setting up a plank to walk off? As historian Hugh Rankin put it: “The formality of a plank seems a bit absurd when it was so much easier just to toss a prisoner overboard.”
    I reckon we should keep the plank…more fun!

  4. Dungeon Keeper says:

    Bronze! I think A&E or Discovery Channel had a show about this a few years ago. But they didn’t mention how the pirates gave candy to children and fought global warming….

  5. Dungeon Keeper says:

    … crap… what’s forth? Candy…?

  6. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Aww….sorry :( I honestly did wait for awhile before posting. Don’t know what forth is….how bout Beryllium?

  7. Wench Nikkiee says:

    Errr…no…wrong scale…that one would make me Lithium :p

  8. Dungeon Keeper says:


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