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10 pirate myths and surprises

Mental_Floss has compiled an interesting list featuring ten pirate myths and surprises.

10. It wasn’t all pillaging and plundering. Sometimes being a pirate was really boring. So to amuse themselves, they drank, of course, but they also sometimes gambled (some ships forbade it, though), sang, danced, and put on plays. Once, some of the crew members of the Whydah were putting on a play about a pirate trial, and had just gotten to the point where one of the pirates was being sentenced to death for his crimes. A group of drunken crew members stumbled in, and, not realizing that it was fake, started fighting to defend their shipmate. They threw grenades, broke one man’s leg, killed an audience member and cut off the playwright’s arm before they realized it was just a play. Whoops.

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