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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    Of course, real pirates didn't sail around randomly attacking each other. People didn't become effective pirate captains by being assholes, they become them by being much nicer people than those asshole commanders that their current and potentially future crew were press-ganged into serving.

  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    jothki wrote: »
    Of course, real pirates didn't sail around randomly attacking each other. People didn't become effective pirate captains by being assholes, they become them by being much nicer people than those asshole commanders that their current and potentially future crew were press-ganged into serving.

    To be fair, pirates also didn't bury treasures and draw maps with X on them.

    dennisH3Knuckles
  • RatherDashing89RatherDashing89 Registered User regular
    Djiem wrote: »
    jothki wrote: »
    Of course, real pirates didn't sail around randomly attacking each other. People didn't become effective pirate captains by being assholes, they become them by being much nicer people than those asshole commanders that their current and potentially future crew were press-ganged into serving.

    To be fair, pirates also didn't bury treasures and draw maps with X on them.

    You shut your mouth. What are you going to blaspheme next, parrots? Eyepatches? The word "arr" itself????

    Smrtnik
  • SadgasmSadgasm Deluded doodler A cold placeRegistered User regular
    Djiem wrote: »
    jothki wrote: »
    Of course, real pirates didn't sail around randomly attacking each other. People didn't become effective pirate captains by being assholes, they become them by being much nicer people than those asshole commanders that their current and potentially future crew were press-ganged into serving.

    To be fair, pirates also didn't bury treasures and draw maps with X on them.

    There has been records of pirates burying treasure, but they were found almost immediatly and werent meant to be long-term hiding spots. ANd yeah, the map and X thing was created for Treasure Island. Pirates also only rarely got any hauls of treasure, most of their bounty was supplies and other stuff to keep the ship afloat and the crew alive. Gold and similar cargo was transported by heavily armed treasure fleets, and a bit above what the average pirate could aim for.

  • Hawk oneHawk one Registered User regular
    edited April 2
    However, at least the -did- use eyepatches, so Ratherdashing89 can breathe out safely there.

    Of course, they didn't use them because of loss of eye. No, the truth is even cooler. Whenever they'd go inside a ship's hold, they'd switch the patch so that they'd have an eye accustomed to the dark; and could much more easily navigate themselves without bumping into anything (very important seeing as boats move around). And also, you know, be able to see any potential attackers.

    Hawk one on
    But signatures don't really work, do they?
  • dennisdennis Registered User regular
    Hawk one wrote: »
    However, at least the -did- use eyepatches, so Ratherdashing89 can breathe out safely there.

    Of course, they didn't use them because of loss of eye. No, the truth is even cooler. Whenever they'd go inside a ship's hold, they'd switch the patch so that they'd have an eye accustomed to the dark; and could much more easily navigate themselves without bumping into anything (very important seeing as boats move around). And also, you know, be able to see any potential attackers.

    The only problem with that old chestnut is that there's no actual historical evidence that a) pirates wore eyepatches for that reason or b) pirates wore eyepatches (at least, any more frequently than any other group).

    YoungFrey
  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    To quote from a Mental Floss article.
    Though there are no first-person sources from history that state this as fact, there's no question that keeping one eye dark-adapted works. MythBusters tested this hypothesis in their pirate special in 2007 and determined that it was plausible (only the lack of historical sources kept it from being confirmed). At least one military manual for pilots pointed out that "Even though a bright light may shine in one eye, the other will retain its dark adaptation, if it is protected from the light. This is a useful bit of information, because a flyer can preserve dark adaptation in one eye by simply closing it." Even the FAA recommends that "a pilot should close one eye when using a light to preserve some degree of night vision."


    dennis
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