I've been doing a great deal of research on the subject of tattoos and body markings and a question I've come across frequently (and found correspondingly very little literature regarding) is the use of tattoos or brands to indicate a punishment, specifically of crimes like piracy or mutiny. Is there any information on this topic? [more inside]
The details I remember: the crew reach a Greek / Roman themed paradise (think togas and grapes and naked attractive people with palm fronds), and run away comically when they go to a concert which consists of weird noises coming from a clockwork / steam powered machine. [more inside]
Help me find a perfect pair of (costume/fashion) men's riding boots, men's size 10, emphasis on "comfy" and ideally black. [more inside]
Tomorrow I (a single dad) will be volunteering at my child's Halloween Party. I have been flirting with a cute single mom for a while now and I have advance knowledge that she will be coming as a pirate. I'm in need of a good pirate/nautical opening line that can be delivered in a kindergarten setting. [more inside]
A few years back, in a dusty Brooklyn used book store I found, purchased, and subsequently lost a novel I've been unable to track down since. [more inside]
The gold-coin contents of the cliche' pirate/dungeon treasure chest, how much would that be worth today? Assume a stereotypical treasure chest, knee high to an adult, filled with gold escudos in excellent condition. How much would the chest and contents sell for? Could you sell it?
Pirates! Help me find a story about a pirate's treasure pit or what the story was based on, if it was real. [more inside]
Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
I have two questions about the end of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie: one practical, one philosophical. Needless to say, major spoilers inside. [more inside]
Mrs. Irontom loves trashy romance novels, and is looking for the very first one she ever read. Can you help her? [more inside]
Am I really gonna get busted for using a pirated copy of windows 7? [more inside]
What music will make me dance about like a pirate? [more inside]
BookFilter: I read a book about the coming-of-age of a boy who's father is a Privateer. I read it around 2000 and I can't remember the name. It painted pirates in a sympathetic light. Help. [more inside]
What's this kids sing-along video I'm remembering from the '80s? [more inside]
A British (I think) kids cartoon, probably from the eighties or nineties. There's a pirate with spiky blue hair, big eyes and a long thin moustache, with red and yellow clothes and a peg-leg. What's it called? [more inside]
Help me dress like a pirate by tonight. [more inside]
I want to read novels about pirates. I don't care about genre, I don't care about quality (much), I just want lots and lots of Age of Sail pirates. [more inside]
My workplace (retail; caters to a local university almost exclusively) recently celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was awesome fun. They want a list of other fun holidays they can celebrate, especially ones that occur during the month of September or January (the only months that we have enough employees to make it worthwhile). Could you recommend any other fun holidays? If all else fails, could you help us make up some holidays (and please mention if they're made up)?
I need ONE Pirate Weepul...not 250! I am willing to pay say, 10$ for this fine fluffy fellow. Do any of you, my fellow MeFi swashbucklers have one or know where I can get ONE? [more inside]
How do you attack a sailing ship with a fast rowing-boat? [more inside]
Have I found a pirate radio station in Chicago? [more inside]
A few months ago, I saw Paul and Storm in concert, opening for Jonathan Coulton. They sang a song about a pirate captain who brings his whole crew home, and his wife's dismay at discovering-- you guessed it-- seamen all over the house. The song isn't on either of their albums, and there's no mention of it on their site, so I don't even know if it's originally theirs or a cover. Google reveals message board posts from people who have heard them sing it, but nothing more conclusive. Please help me track down this song!
What is the legal status of offshore (maritime, international waters) broadcasting in the United States? Is there a stateside equivalent of the Marine Offenses Act? What steps would the United States take to hamper the operations of such a broadcaster?
Where can I get deck plans for pirate ships? Websites are welcome, a good book or two of many different ship plans would be ideal. [more inside]
Please help me recall an old arcade game I played as a kid. [more inside]
Recommendations for good toddler and child pirate movies? [more inside]
Ahoy askm[ateys]! Help a pirate keep her parrot on its perch. There is [more inside]
After having just spent a week in Kill Devil Hills on the outer banks, I have become infected with pirate fever! I thirst for a good pirate quality Rum. I want the rot gut hopefully in a non fancy pants round bottle to swig out of next time I go to the beach. [more inside]
You know the stereotypical pirate and/or salty sailor accent? What is that? Where does it come from? It sounds like it must be some kind of bastardised English accent, but it's fairly distinctive. Or is it something created and perpetuated by film and television?
How did Captain Barbossa and his men satisfy the curse of the heathen gods? [mi] [more inside]
On Monday I have to cover my seven year old daughters left eye with a patch for eight weeks. The idea is to strengthen her right eye -- currently 20/300 -- in the advent that later in life she should damage her good one. Insurance, so to speak. Any thoughts on making life more palatable for a temporarily blind child ?