After a hard voyage of plundering and pillaging, pirates are always ready for a little fun. Here’s your chance to mess with them and win some of that booty they pilfered.
You might not know the answer to the following riddle, but it’s key to what you’re about to read. What’s a pirate’s favorite game at a birthday party? Ready for the answer? A Scavenger Hunt. Well, you can bet your very last doubloon you’d win a load of buried treasure if you could snooker drunken pirates into looking for the following items on a pirate ship. Let’s get started, shall we?
An ironing board.
Clean dishes. What’s a dish, a pirate might well ask. These guys are the ones who invented the expression, “Finger-licking good.”
Bottles of deodorant.
A prayer book.
Bible Study Class
An unopened bottle of wine.
Love letters to their wives. Not only were many pirates unmarried, but when they captured ships and recruited men to serve on their ship, they often refused to let married men join their crew. The thinking was that married men would miss their wives and not have their heart and soul into the job.
A savings account.
Virgins. I don’t think we need to go into that one.
Clean sheets. The closest thing pirates had for sheets were the grungy hammocks they slept in. And they only got washed when a wave accidently washed into an open port hole.
One look at Blackbeard would tell you this. The gnarlier and unkempt your appearance, the more ferocious you appeared.
Mouth wash. Let’s face it. Pirates weren’t particularly fond of g-aarrrrgggh-ling. Unless of course it was with rum.
A copy of Roberts Rules of Order.
A roll of toilet paper. But how did they……..? Don’t even ask.
A barber. What’s the point of growing a beard, if you’re going to get a haircut? That’s why a lot of men walking around today would fail the initial test for being a pirate. So many have all these shaved, bald, shiny heads and a little pointed beard on their chin. Blackbeard would howl with laughter.
A copy of The Eight Habits of Successful People. Pirates didn’t think in terms of long-range goals. Success to them was gold, rum, and lots of hot wenches.
An English Teacher. Having taught 37 years, I think I can safely say, some of my worst students would have made great pirates.
A book of etiquette.
A copy of the Ten Commandments.
A financial advisor. I’m afraid any financial advisor that worked aboard a pirate ship probably starved to death unless he got hired as a comedian and told them out important investing for the future was.
A bottle of Febreze. Pirates had their own way of freshening the air below deck. When the stench from the bilge water became overwhelming, they lit sulphur and brimstone to kill the smell.
A 12-step program. The only steps pirates were interested in were how many steps to a bottle of rum or their favorite wench.
A piggy bank.
A game of Scrabble. Every pirate would be an automatic winner since they spelled words any damn way they liked.
A copy of the New York Times.
A library card. Most pirates would have been at a loss to read the books in a kindergarten classroom. Unless, of course, it had pictures.
A subscription to Better Homes and Gardens. Though I bet there might have been one or two pirates who might have subscribed to Better Bars and Taverns had there been such a publication.
Condoms. You don’t really want me to draw you a picture, do you?
A box of Tic Tacs.
An unopened six pack of beer.
An AARP card. I’m afraid the organization for retired persons wouldn’t have thrived on a pirate ship. You can be a member of AARP at 50. Most pirates didn’t make it out of their twenties and thirties.
A handkerchief. Seriously! That’s what hairy arms were for.
A checkbook. Words like checking, deposit, investments, interest, and balance were foreign words to the typical pirate.
41. A bar of soap.
A tattoo that says, “Mom.”
A Life Insurance policy.
Matching Gucci luggage to store belongings on a long voyage.
Room service. The fact is, pirates slept below deck with the cannons, their hammocks stretched out within feet of each other. No private suites here. And there was no Wake up call either. The only wake up call a pirate got was the loud boom of a cannon followed by the splintering of the hull above their head, if they still had one.
46. Clean underwear. If you got that kind of a wake-up call, would you still have clean underwear?
47. A five-star chef. If you’re fussy about how your meals are prepared, you might want to reconsider your aspirations as a pirate. The cook was often the guy who lost his arm in battle or got his leg mangled in the lines and could no longer do regular jobs. He knew as much about cooking as I know about astrophysics.
48. The board game, “Sorry.” The only thing pirates were sorry about was when they ran out of rum, or didn’t have any more doubloons to pay the wenches in port.
49. A bottle of Mr. Clean. Come on, get real. Why would a pirate want to keep anything clean? That’s the whole point of being a pirate. The only exception was their guns. These they were expected to keep in pristine condition.
Tofu or quiche. If food didn’t, at one time, walk, cluck, moo, or poop, pirates weren’t crazy about putting it in their mouth. I can’t blame them, I’d rather walk the plank than have to touch quiche let alone eat it. Remember that book, “Real men don’t eat quiche?” Well, that applies to pirates a 100 fold.
So if you come across some real live pirates this coming week, go ahead and take advantage of them; challenge them to a little treasure hunt. A word of warning, however, Make sure you haven’t worn deodorant for a few days. You don’t want them to get suspicious.
The Uncommon Mariner
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- Pirates always know where to find rum.
- Nobody messes with someone who wears an eye patch, a hook, and a wooden leg.
- Pirates don’t spend a lot of time correcting your grammar.
- Pirates Arr cool.
- Pirates are chick magnets. They always know how to get their hands on booty.
- When you hang out with pirates, at least you’ll be the best smelling one in the group.
- You don’t have to remember which spoon or fork to use if you’re eating at a fancy restaurant.
- If they decide to fire their cannons, you’ll have a blast.
- If you accidentally fart, you can blame it on them.
- You won’t be spending too much time in church.
- You’ll probably be the designated driver of a pirate ship. How cool is that?
- It’s always Five ‘O’Clock Somewhere.
- No matter how bad you are, you’ll look like an angel next to them.
- If you start losing at cards, there’s always a chance the captain will stop the game when he stands on the deck.
- Pirates know how to seas the moment.
- You can get your ears pierced for a buccaneer.
- You won’t have to watch your language.
- If you forget your deodorant, no one will notice.
- No one’s going to make fun of you for what you’re wearing.
- If you spill your Starbucks all over yourself, you won’t have to change your shirt all summer.
- Pirates won’t nag you to call home.
- If you lose your toothbrush, no one will notice.
- No one’s going to ask if they can borrow your comb.
- Pirates won’t get insulted if you belch in public.
- Pirates don’t care whether or not you’re on a diet. The only thing they weigh are anchors.
The Uncommon Mariner
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You May Be a Pirate if…
- … You’ve ever been thrown out of a baseball game because you stole one of the bases and you weren’t even playing.
- … After you brush your teeth, you g-Arrgh-le with rum.
- … Your friends keep telling you to take a shower.
- … All your pets are parrots.
- … The Lone Ranger was your hero, but you liked his horse Silver even more.
- … You’re the only one in your neighborhood with the Jolly Roger flying from your flagpole.
- … You have a bumper sticker on your car that says, “My other car is a pirate ship.”
- … You spend all your free time listening to Kenney Chesney or Jimmy Buffett music.
- … Instead of a savings account, you bury all your money in the backyard.
- … Your only camera is a Cannon.
- … While everyone else is shaking their booty to the music, you start jingling the coins in your pocket.
- … Your favorite game as a kid was Hide and Sneak.
- … Your favorite instrument is the steal guitar.
- … You think a baby boomer is a small cannon.
- … You’re willing to pay an arm and a leg for a bottle of rum.
- … You have a dog named Rover.
- … You only watch movies rated Aaarrrrrgh.
- … At church you always sing, “Preys the Lord!”
- …When you got your ears pierced, you paid a buccaneer.
- … You’re a plumber and you keep asking your helper for your wench.
- … The only book you’ve ever read was Treasure Island.
- … Instead of wearing sunglasses, you wear an eye patch.
- … You think Jolly Ranchers are candies made just for pirates.
- You can’t understand why the woman in the supermarket slapped you in the face when you complimented her on her broadside.
- Your favorite blog is Pirates, Mariners, and the Eternal Sea.
How did you do? Less than five and you’re no pirate at all. Six to ten and you’ll be pillagin’ and plunderin’ in no time with a little more practice. Fifteen correct and you must have a pirate ship waiting to whisk you away. Twenty correct and you deserve the Golden Doubloon Award. Let me dig into my pirate’s chest. I think I have one in here somewhere. Oh, yeah! Here it is…