Saturday, June 5, 2010

Pirate Trivia Answers

Here's the answers me hearties...

1. In what month is National “Talk like a Pirate” Day?
May, November, or September
(September 19) Started by a group of guys playing handball one day but really brought to life by an article by Dave Barry.

2. Despite her French name this pirate was born in England in 1636 and began her pirate career when she led a mutiny against a cruel captain and cut off his head.
Nicole St Marie, Charlotte De Berry or Juliet Larue
(Charlotte De Berry) She killed her husband and two slaves for food to keep her crew and herself from starving to death while out at sea. Blimey!

3. This notorious lady pirate was once married to a sailor in the West Indies who was an informant for Governor Woodes Rogers, turning other sailors in for piracy and reaping generous rewards for it.
Anne Bonney, Mary Read or Charolette De Berry
(Anne Bonney). She despised him for it and one day she met a pirate named Calico Jack in a local tavern and ran away with him to begin her own life of piracy.

4. What was the real name of the famous pirate “Blackbeard” who met his end after a battle with the British Navy in 1713?
John Rackham, Edward Thatch or Samuel Bellamy
(Edward Thatch aka Teach) By the way, it took five gunshot wounds and 20 stab wounds to finally do him in.

5. Which ship was Blackbeard’s head suspended from as a warning to all pirates?
The Black Jewel, HMS Ranger, The Swallow
HMS Ranger

6. Which of these words was used for pirates operating in the Mediterranean?
Privateer, Buccaneer or Corsiar
(Corsair) Corsairs preyed upon the shipping lanes of the Mediterranean. The most famous corsairs were from the Barbary Coast of North Africa.

7. Which of these words is NOT another term for pirates?
Picaroons, Kapers, Swabs, Freebooters
(Swabs) A swab is traditionally someone who has been assigned the duty of "swabbing" or cleaning the decks of a ship, rather frequently. All the other terms refer to the different names pirates acquired in certain regions of the world. Kapers were Dutch pirates, freebooters was an English name for pirates, and picaroons came from a Spanish word meaning "rogue

8. Many of the most notorious and feared pirates were women. The earliest of these was an Irish woman known as “Granuaille” or “The Pirate Queen” – what was her real name?
Mary Read, Grace O’Mally, Anne Bonny
(Grace O’Mally) She was the only daughter of a sea captain, after he died when she was a teenager; she went to sea, taking command of his ships. She fought for her rights and the rights of her countrymen.

9. One of the most famous pirates ever to sail was Captain Henry Morgan (yes, the chap on the rum bottle). He died at the age of 53. What was his fate?
His crew mutinied and killed him, He was hanged or He died in his bed
(He died in his bed) After a 17 year career of piracy on the Spanish Main, Moran ended his days as a respectable and wealthy planter in Jamaica.

10. Which type of pirates was commissioned by their governments to be authorized to seize and destroy merchant vessels of another nation?
Raider, Privateer or Buccaneer
(Privateer) Privateers were a very cheap way for governments to keep navies small and cheap.

11. The character “Jack Sparrow” in the Disney movie “Pirates of the Caribbean” is an actual historical pirate.
True or False
(False) The character of Jack Sparrow is strictly fictional.

12. Which of these famous historical figures was kidnapped by Cilician pirates in 75 BC?
Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar or Aristotle
(Julius Caesar) In 75 BC, while sailing to Rhodes, Greece; Caesar was captured. The pirates asked for a payment of 20 talents to set him free. He joked with them saying, he was worth fifty. After they freed him, he hunted them down and killed them.

13. Who was entitled to a double share of the loot and booty?
Owner of the ship, Captain of the ship or the ship’s Surgeon
(Captain) And sometimes the Quartermaster

14. John Rackham was an English pirate captain who was known by what nickname?
Calico Jack, Peg Leg Pete, Bluebeard
(Calico Jack) John Rackham was a pirate captain during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the colorful calico clothes he wore. John Rackham and his crew were executed in Jamaica. Bluebeard was another real pirate, but both Long John Silver and Peg Leg Pete are literary pirates.

15. Who disguised herself as a man in order to join John Rackham’s crew aboard the “Revenge” where she became his lover?
Joan Hamilton, Anne Bonney or Grace O’Malley
(Anne Bonney) Anne took part in combat alongside the male pirates and accounts describe her as competent, effective in combat and someone who gained the respect of her fellow pirates. According to legend, she once stabbed a fellow pirate through the heart when he discovered her gender.

16. Literary pirate Long John Silver had a parrot. What was its name?
Polly, Pieces of Eight or Captain Flint
(Captain Flint) Long John named his feathered companion after the dreaded Captain Flint, the bloodthirstiest pirate leader in all fiction.

17. A common alcoholic drink loved by pirates was a rum, water, lemon juice and sugar mixture called what?
Caulker, Grog, Belay
(Grog)

18. What is the pirate flag (skull and crossbones) commonly called?
The Jolly Rodger, The Davy Jones, The Terrible Towel
(Jolly Roger) Thought to have come from medieval Templar Knights who flew a red flag with crossbones on it. When several knights took up lives of piracy, they kept the flag and it caught on.

19. How did Red Legs Greaves get his nickname?
The color of tights he favored, the way his legs would continually sunburn in the tropical sun, or because of the bright red color of the hair on his legs
(Sunburn)

20. Pirates had strict rules aboard their vessels and anyone violating the rules were punished. They had many punishments aboard ship, but which of these is not believed to have been a real punishment used by pirates?
Cat o’nine tails, Walking the plank, or Marooning
(Walking the plank) Walking the plank is a popular pirate punishment in fiction, but there are no records of it actually being used by real pirates. If you were marooned you were left on a small island with no resources. You would be given a pistol so that you could shoot yourself. Cat o' nine tails was a type of whip. It had nine pieces of cow or horsehide that were knotted at the ends. Many men didn’t survive this lashing.

81 comments:

  1. A fun trivia search!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  2. Thanks. That helps a lot.
    csdsksds[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I couldn't figure out why some of the first ?'s had answers when they didn't before and finally I realized I might as well quit searching as someone had posted the answers to all of them. LOL>

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  4. Interesting to see that there were such ferocious and infamous female pirates. I had no idea.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  5. any other Landlubbers here besides me tonight?

    Hi.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  6. It's funny that pirate being so fierce and all... that they enjoyed drinking mixed drinks. lol

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  7. Hey Robyn,
    I'm in Ottawa, Ont.
    Are you in Saskatchewan?

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  8. yes, I'm in Sask. hi to a fellow Canadian

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  9. everyone in shipshape tonight? hope so

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  10. Ahoy, crew!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  11. I find this quite funny:
    son of a biscuit eater; anyone else feel the same. Not much of an insult actually but perhaps in those days it was.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  12. I'm in Michigan! dancealert at aol dot com

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  13. Sea biscuits : )

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  14. I'm really a landlubber too!

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  15. lol i knwo some pirate trivia but not much ims orry im late to the party lol

    only one i knew was number 9 and i only knew that because the captian morgan comercials talking about jamacian beer lol


    I love the water but suck at trivia loll

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  16. Here's a funny pirate limerick.

    There was an old pirate named Gates
    Who did a fandango on skates,
    Until he slipped on his cutlass
    Which rendered him nutless
    And almost useless on dates.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  17. Did anyone invite Captain Jack Sparrow to the party? I hope so : )

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  18. Avast ye maties! a Hempen Halter doesn't sound like anyone would want that, does it? I wonder if it was for captured pirates or if a captain used it on his own crew if needed? Thanks.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  19. I love Captain Jack Sparrow! Better send an invite!

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  20. I used to live in Regina our provincial capital; one of my ex-sisters-in-law worked at a pub/bar and guess what it was called, Jolly Roger.

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  21. Smile when ye say that, matey : )

    Q: What are the two letters on a pirate's keyboard?

    A: AYE and ARRRR!

    Q: What's a pirate's favorite pasta?

    A: MacARRRRrrrroni!

    Q: How did the pirate know he found land?

    A: He was shore of it!

    Q: What does a pirate say when he takes over Santa's job?

    A: Ho ho ho and a bottle of rum!

    Q: How much does it cost a pirate to pierce his ears?

    A: A buck-an-ear!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  22. There were two places on the web site where you could start commenting, I hope this is the right place!

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  23. Why do young pirates always fail when saying the alphabet in kindergarten?

    Because their fathers insist that there are seven Cs!!!!

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  25. Have you heard about the new pirate movie?

    It's rated AARRRRGGH!

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  26. Q: Why does a pirate's phone go beep beep beep beep beep?

    A: Because he left it off the hook!

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  27. This pirate walks into a bar with a big ship's wheel down his pants.

    The bartender says, "Excuse me, sir, but do you know you have a ship's wheel down the front of your pants?"

    And the pirate says...
    Aaargh, it's driving me nuts!!

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  28. for dh's and my annual get together with his kids and grandchildren I'm having a treasure hunt this year for the grandkids. I found a basket that looks like a treasure chest with the rounded lid. I have candy in there and love that I was able to find the chocolate coins(gold foil wrapped); I've also included candy necklaces/bracelets, gold nugget gum, fruit candy, suckers, etc. I'm excited and am now planning the treasure map for the hunt.

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  29. you guys are good with the jokes; thanks for the laughs.

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  30. A little kid with a speech impediment dresses up as a pirate and goes trick or treating.

    He knocks on the door of a house and a man answers.

    "oh, i can see you're dressed up as a pirate." the man says. "but where are your buccaneers?"

    the kid gets really mad, and says "on the sides of my buckin' head!"

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  31. Thanks for all the pirate info. Loved reading all the answers.

    carolcobun(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. Know what country is favorite for Pirates to hide in?

    Aaarrrrgggeeentina!

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  33. Know why the peg legged pirate has a parrot on his shoulder?

    The woodpecker makes too much noise! That one was from my husband!

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  34. Gangstaname.com where you enter your name and receive a pirate name; mine is Cap'n Joan Cutthroat.

    what is everyone else's?

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  35. What did pirates drink?

    They drank bombo or bumboo, a mixture of rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg. Rumfustian was another popular drink that blended raw eggs with sugar, sherry, gin, and beer. Pirates also enjoyed beer, sherry, brandy, and port.

    YO HO HO...and a bottle of rum ; )

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  36. Mine's Secret Ass-whippa *what?* lol

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  37. whoops...forgot me email

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  38. True Pirate Facts

    The Jolly Roger flag, with its black background and white skull and crossbones, was designed to be scary. This flag was not used by all pirates, usually it was only flown by those sailing in the Spanish Main.

    Pirates believed that wearing pierced earrings would improve their eyesight.

    Pirates believed that having women on board their ship was bad luck. They also believed that whistling on a ship would cause the weather to turn stormy (as in ‘to whistle up a storm’).

    Pirates would take over island ports and make them a safe haven for pirates.

    Almost all pirates stole their ships because they couldn’t buy ships incase they got caught and sent to jail. Once they had taken over a ship they had to convert it for pirate life, this usually meant making more room for sailors to live on board and strengthening the decks to hold the weight of the heavy cannons.

    Ships sailing on their own often sailed close to warships or joined other convoys of ships to protect themselves from pirates. Pirates could only attack one ship at a time, so if the sailors traveled in groups there was less chance of their boat being the one that was attacked.

    Pirate Captain’s would change out of their expensive, flashy clothes if there was a chance they might be captured. This way they could pretend they where only one of the crew, and not somebody important and hopefully escape.

    Pirates probably didn’t have talking parrots.

    Although pirates have been around since the 15th century, most pirating happened between 1690 and 1720.

    On the Caribbean island of St Thomas you will find a place called ‘Black Beard’s Castle’. It is believed that this is where the famous pirate spent many hours looking out for approaching ships.


    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  39. My pirate handle is Cap'n Bette Bloodbath! Gee...I feel like cursing and swaggering!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  40. don't we have lovely names so far, lol.

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  41. Oh I did it wrong...I shoulda selected "pirate" names *doh*

    this time around...I'm Pirate Elanor the Ochre

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  42. HOW PIRATES WERE PUNISHED:

    Confinement before and after the trial
    The pillory (public display)
    Enslavement
    Branding
    Flogging
    Keel Hauling
    Hanging
    Hanging in Irons


    HOW PIRATES PUNISHED OTHERS:

    Walking The Plank
    Marooning
    Flogging
    Sold Into Slavery
    Shackled As Oarsmen
    Russian Roulette

    BLIMEY! Shiver me timbers! ARRRGGGHHH!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  43. I only had 5 correct out of the 10 I thought! Guess I'm not a good pirate follower.

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  44. Fave pirate book : Treasure Island

    What's yours?


    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  45. I'm not much of a pirate follower either, I couldn't answer many.

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  46. my brothers had Treasure Island and I liked it very much.

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  47. I think I saw the movie, I don't believe I ever got to read it.

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  48. Pirate Code of Conduct

    To Desert the Ship, or their Quarters in Battle, was punished with Death or Marooning.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  49. Do you ever eat at "Long John Silvers?"

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  50. I enjoyed Peter Pan's adventures with Captain Hook and his pirate crew : )

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  51. Does that mean if the ship were going down they were to go down with it?

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  52. There's an animated sci-fi cartoon interpretation of Treasure Island...it's called Treasure Planet. It's wicked! Check it out.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  53. What about Swiss Family Robinson, didn't they run into pirates? Now that I have read but it has been a really long time not tellling my age!

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  54. we don't have a Long John Silvers nearby if at all.

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  55. I guess so...which is pretty harsh...talk about a permanent job. *grin*

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  56. Pirate Code of Conduct Contd.

    No Boy or Woman to be allowed amongst them. If any Man were found seducing any of the latter Sex, and carry’d her to Sea, disguised, he was to suffer Death.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  57. There are not too many of us here tonight are there mateys?

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  58. Next time I eat a Long John Silver's I'm going to introduce myself by my pirate name, Cap'n Bette Bloodbath! Do you think I'll get better service....maybe extra hushpuppies? ; )

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  59. He might suffer death but I'll bet they kept her!

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  60. Pirate Code of Conduct 3

    If any Man shall lose a Joint in time of an Engagement he shall have 400 pieces of Eight; if a limb 800.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  61. I am suprised I knew as many as I did. Great pirate information.

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  62. Virginia, I am so enjoying goodies from your Pirate's platter; thank ye.

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  63. Piracy offered a number of advantages, not the least of which was freedom from the harsh discipline suffered in the Royal Navy or aboard a merchantman.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  64. This has been a fabulous pirtate chat, I learned a LOT!

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  65. Aye, robynl, especially the shish kebab...those swords come in handy...HARRRRRR!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  66. They also had the advantage of the "booty" they collected and shared when they did their pirating!

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  67. This was a lot of fun...Great theme tonight!

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  68. Did pirates really keep parrots as pets?

    The parrot's social behavior has always made it a good pet. Parrots seem to instinctively accept humans as one of their flock, which makes touching and holding the bird possible. They may learn to imitate human voices. Their ability to learn tricks and behavior which is not typical for a wild bird have made them popular with humans for century. If parrots were popular with the upper class, then pirates would want them for either status or financial gain.

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  69. it's been fun; thanks everyone

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  70. Avast ye, mateys! Time to cast off! I'm sailing for a new horizon!

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

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  71. G'nite maties! Aaarrrr...Long be the day...May treasures come your way.

    s7anna@yahoo.ca

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  72. Thanks! I had a lot of fun!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  73. Wow, lot's of pirate trivia!! And jokes.

    Aaaarggghhhhh...me loves it, mateys!

    armiefox at yahoo dot com

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  74. The comments were just as fun to read as the main post. Learned a lot of new stuff and had some good laughs.

    carolcobun(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. Question 4. He met his end in 1718.
    Question 5. Blackbeards head hung on the Jane. (Maynards ship). Neither the Jane or Ranger were called "HMS" as they were rented.
    Question 19. His nickname came from the term Redlegs used to refer to the class of poor whites that lived on colonial Barbados.
    Question 20. Walking the plank was sometimes used to put captured crewmen to death but not as a ´punnishment.

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    1. Thanks for the info Stanley! Much appreciated!

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