Weird History

Facts We Just Learned About Pirates That Made Us Say 'Really?'

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Vote up the facts about pirates that really shiver your timbers.

Swashbuckling pirates, complete with peg legs and eye patches, have long been popular in Hollywood, from the silent era to contemporary blockbusters, from the many incarnations of Treasure Island to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. But how many of the weird pirate facts we've been led to believe arrrr actually true? The pirate jargon, the wardrobes, the flags - everything we've come to associate with pirates based on cultural depictions is on the table.

The backstories of some of the most famous pirates in history and lore include some fascinating details you may not have known. Of course, it's never too late to remedy the situation and brush up on your pirate history. While you're at it, vote up the pirate facts you're excited to finally learn after all these years.