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Strange Pirate Traditions You've Never Heard Of

You knew about the parrots and the Jolly Roger flag and the part where they have to say "arrr," "avast," and "shiver me timbers" all the time because it's like pirate law or something, but there are a bunch of other pirate traditions that you've probably never heard of before. And it's not because they were especially boring traditions that deserve to be forgotten, either, like if there was a pirate tradition about what color socks you were supposed to wear on Tuesdays. On the contrary, these...

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    Strange Pirate Traditions You've Never Heard Of

    Strange Pirate Traditions You've Never Heard Of

    You knew about the parrots and the Jolly Roger flag and the part where they have to say "arrr," "avast," and "shiver me timbers" all the time because it's like pirate law or something, but there are a bunch of other pirate traditions that you've probably never heard of before. And it's not because they were especially boring traditions that deserve to be forgotten, either, like if there was a pirate tradition about what color socks you were supposed to wear on Tuesdays. On the contrary, these traditions are alternately cool, cruel, and downright progressive and yet somehow never seemed to make it on board the Black Pearl with Captain Jack Sparrow, to the detriment of us all.

    What Life Was Actually Like For A Real Pirate

    What Life Was Actually Like For A Real Pirate

    In between bouts of pirate-talk and rocking out to Alestorm (or Lazy Town, whichever you prefer), you may have wondered what life would've been like if you actually were a pirate. As it turns out, your life on the seas would've been drastically different from the one seen in movies like Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean. Here's how your life would've truly gone, ye scurvy dog.

    False Facts About Pirates Everyone Thinks Are True

    False Facts About Pirates Everyone Thinks Are True

    Since Robert Louis Stevenson penned Treasure Island in 1883, pirates have fascinated people the world over. From the uber-popular Pirates of the Caribbean movies to television series Black Sails to one of the most expensive pornographic films ever made, pirates have dominated the worlds of fantasy. Unfortunately, most of the things we think we know about pirates are just that: fantasy. There's a lot of falsehoods sailing the high seas of our imagination, and it's time we captured them, tied them up, and marooned them on a deserted island.

    The Untold Truth Of The Pirate Blackbeard

    The Untold Truth Of The Pirate Blackbeard

    Captain Blackbeard is probably the most infamous pirate of history's Golden Age of Piracy — a period that spanned the mid-1600s to the early 1700s. What is most unusual about his notoriety is that Blackbeard didn't actually have a long career in piracy. Records show that he was only in the pirating business from roughly 1713 to 1718, a mere five years. And most of his life is still shrouded in mystery.

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