And a bit more of things we don't normally seem to hear much about, matey
In the US (and apparently in the UK also) we have some odd but seemingly fun-loving sorts who try to get folks to join them, on September 19th, in Talk Like a Pirate Day. (I'm not a participant but whatever floats yer boat.)
Off the coast of Somalia (and around the Indian Ocean it seems) pirates are for real (no idea if they talk like Hollywood or Disney pirates but it don't seem likely).
They've recently attacked a cruise ship and a Russian tanker, captured a food-aid relief ship, and used that ship while siezing yet another ship.
They've done this in roughly the time it takes a Frenchman to vacation at the Côte d'Azur.
I've really got to get out more. There is an International Maritime Bureau (IMB) and the IMB established Piracy Centre in Kuala Lumpur back in '92. They have meetings about how to fight pirates.
We live in the year 2005 and little boys can once again grow up dreaming of becoming pirates or the men who fight them. What a world.
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