If Pirates Ruled

Contest Info

  • Started: 9/16/2010 11:00
  • Ended: 9/19/2010 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 28
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
If Pirates Ruled
Contest Directions: This Sunday, September 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. 'Celebrations' of this Day started 1995 by John Baur ("Ol' Chumbucket") and Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy"), of the United States, who declared that on this day everyone should talk like a true pirate. The parodic tradition caught on and turned into a yearly holiday, to the great joy of the pirate fans all over the world. So remember when you see your co-workers this Friday, instead of usual "Hello" greet them with "Ahoy, me hearty!"
Photoshop how people and life would be different if pirates ruled the world. E.g. think of pirate movies, cars, animals, money, and of course pirate politicians and celebrities. Consider pirate sports too. Here's a good example. Arrrrr, photoshop, mateys!
Reckon th' best sea dog in this contest will win DUBLOON! The second best buccanneer will get th' silver, th' third one th' bronze, an' th' fourth one some wood!

Contest Info

    • Started: 9/16/2010 11:00
    • Ended: 9/19/2010 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 28
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
28 pictures
  • Barack Obama the Presidential Pirate

    Barack Obama the Presidential Pirate
  • Barack Obama Constitutional Pirate

    Barack Obama Constitutional Pirate
  • Howard Stern Pirate

    Howard Stern Pirate
  • Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Pirates

    Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton Pirates
  • Pirate Sarah Palin

    Pirate Sarah Palin
  • Pirate Street Signs

    Pirate Street Signs
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The Pirate of Iran

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The Pirate of Iran
  • Legally Blonde - Pirate Adventures

    Legally Blonde - Pirate Adventures
  • Clint Eastwood in Pirates of the Caribbean 2010

    Clint Eastwood in Pirates of the Caribbean 2010
  • Barack Obama Pirate

    Barack Obama Pirate
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Pirate "lawmaking" acquires a present scope and hardness in their glorified community - among the same filibusters of the West Indies, who followed strict customs even in day to day life. From the very outset, after selecting the cruising target, they entered into special agreements amongst themselves, An invaluable source, Esquemelin reports "that what percentage does the captain and the crew get is mentioned in the agreement. In such agreements, it is usually noted that, having collected the entire booty, the share of the hunter is given in the instance (the hunter whose task was to shoot wild boars or feral cows and cook food), then the booty share goes to the woodworker, who took part in the construction and in equipping the ship. Then follows the share of a doctor. Out of the remaining booty, the money is allocated for compensating the damages done to the injured personnel". A unique kind of "pirate's insurance policy" envisaged compensation: for the loss of a right hand - 600 piastres or 6 slaves, for the left hand - 500 or 5 respectively; for the right leg - also 500 or 5, for the left leg - 400 or 4; for the loss of eye - 100 piastres or a slave and even the finger was of same worth. "All these amounts - continues the chronicler - are immediately taken out of the common loot. The rest is divided in the team, but the captain gets four to five shares. The rest is divided equally. The cabin boys get half of a share". Therefore, in contrast to the soldiers and sailors, the pirates and corsairs took all the risks of the businesses and got a fee or insurance only from the loot which they captured. British pirates formulated this principle into a rule "no purchase no pay" (no loot - no fee). Naturally, filibusters had to judge the guilty brothers - also according to regulations. A well known punishment for treason and deception often was marooning, simply alighting at the coast. Hapless filibuster were left on deserted islands with a gun, a small reserve of gunpowder and some lead. Even in some crews, for raping a white woman, the absence from the guardhouse without permission, cowardice, drunkenness and disobedience towards the commander in battle, were punished by depriving the share or with the death penalty. The pirate, guilty in the treacherous murder of a fellow pirate, was left on the shore, tied to a tree and he was supposed to choose a man, who must kill him. Disputes and conflicts were settled by duels. But all this - the court or the fights - were carried out only on land. Any punitive actions were strictly forbidden on-board. In other waters of the world, particularly in the Southern part of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, similar traditions dominated till the 18th century. "Each gang or community had its own laws and regulations, which were drawn up by common agreement and signed by the participants - testifies priest Jacob de Bukkua, a former prisoner of pirates. It was also necessary to take an oath to comply with them, as per the British tradition, by putting two fingers on the Bible". In addition, "deserters were punished by cutting off the nose and ears". "On the pain of death, it was forbidden to kill or mortally wound anyone who surrendered to the victor's mercy; also it was prescribed to disembark crews of captured vessels, which were sunk if they could not be used further". Dane Carsten Rode was the most famous pirate in the Russian service - he received a letter of marque from Ivan the Terrible, according to which Rhodes should have "the power to catch the enemies, and find their ships with fire and sword, engage and destroy according to our Majesty's document". In 1570, the pirate Emperor settled on the Island of Ahrensburg (now Saaremaa in Estonia), bought a 40-ton kick, 21 guns and recruited 35 people in the team. Their first trophy was a little ice boat, which travelled from German Emden with a cargo of salt and fish. It was taken to a secluded bay on the island of Bornholm, where it was re-equipped into another privateer. Thus strengthened, Rode, after a week, captured two more vessels and sold the loot in Copenhagen. Soon, his assets were already 17 captured ships and then to protect its trade, the merchant guild of Danzig (Gdansk) sent an entire team against the corsair. Fleeing from it, the pirates took shelter in the well known Danish straits, from where, they began to attack the Swedes. All he managed to capture was 22 ships and half a million silver coins (imperial thalers). But the Danish King, Frederick II, who unofficially patronized the compatriot, had suddenly decided to come to terms with Sweden and issued the orders to arrest Rode."The sea pirate king" was apprehended in Copenhagen and as indicated in the ensuing protest of Ivan IV to the ruler of Denmark, " King Frederick put him behind the bars. And, we are very much surprised by this".