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Pirates are cool, not funny!
Arggh... Don't Laugh at Me!
Over at Common-Place is an article about Talk Like a Pirate Day. Jill Lepore, the author, asks, "Why are pirates so funny?".
Pirates are easy to make fun of, because they can't make you walk the plank any more. The pirates of the 18th century and their lifestyle is long gone, she concludes.
Well, that's just because no one has the guts to brave the high seas, strap on a cutlass and guzzle rum no more!