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Tools Of The Trade: Pirates Of The Caribbean!

Pirate WeaponsThis Friday, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens up in theaters everywhere.  I wonder how it holds true with real pirates.  I am not talking about the magical aspects of the movie, but how close they get to the historical bad guys.  Pirates were the scourge of the seas.  They attacked merchant ships without mercy to steal their treasures and goods.  Sometimes they were hired by a nation to attack only enemy ships.  Others freelanced on their own.  The tools of their trade varied.  They fought with what they had on hand.  These men weren’t trained naval warriors.  They were a rag-tag group of outlaws and murderers who had nothing left to live for except for the adventure of the high sea. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - May 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm

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5 Lies We’ve Been Told About Pirates

Pirate ShipThe fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean comes out on May 20th and it got  me to thinking about pirates and all of the things we think we know about them. The problem is that most of the things we know about them is false.  This isn’t really surprising, since pirates were the bad guys and everything we know about them comes from trials conducted on them by foreign nations. So where do the stories come from? Books and movies, mainly.  That’s why we think of pirates as colorful and dastardly people.  In reality, they were cold, ruthless killers that were not very good human beings.  Here are some of the lies we’ve been told about them. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - May 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

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Five Famous People Who Were Shorter Than Napoleon

Short People Who Looked Up To NapoleonEveryone knows that Napoleon Bonaparte was a short guy. Right? Well, actually, he wasn’t that short, standing at approximately 5’6″ tall, which was the average height for a European man at the end of the 18th century.  The myth that comes about from him being a small fry comes from his enemies who wanted to poke fun at him.  However, there were some really famous, short people out there and here are five of them that Napoleon towered over. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - July 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm

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5 Real People Behind The Storybooks

antique booksSome of the best stories in literature contain characters that seem very real.  That’s because they were taken from people the author’s actually knew or had read about.  I’ve written about Lewis Carroll taking the character of Alice from one of his young friends (which is rather disturbing).  See: The Dark Side of Wonderland: The Scandals of Lewis Carroll.  Additionally, we’ve talked about the real Three Musketeers.  Here are five more literary figures that were real people. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm - July 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

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Five People Born on Mother’s Day in 2010

Happy Birthday to Piano Manf, Billy Joel! Also on the list include John Brown , Peter Pan author, J.M. Barrie, actor Albert Finney, and this hot actress.

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Posted by Jimm Fowler - May 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm

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Five Pirates That Don’t Exist In The Real World

piratesHow many of us grew up wishing to fight on the high seas, rescue damsels in distress, and fight against pirates?  Maybe you wanted to be the pirate and rebel against an oppressive overlord who was hellbent on destroying peace.  What it comes down to is that we all love pirates.  We love to hear their sea shanties and tales of adventures.  Here are five of my favorite pirates that never really existed in the real world.  Feel free to add in your own. Read more…

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Posted by Jimm Fowler - August 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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