If Pirates Ruled

Contest Info

  • Started: 9/19/2011 11:20
  • Ended: 9/22/2011 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 23
  • 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 Monday, September 19, is the "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-worker or a boss today, instead of usual "Hello" greet them with "Ahoy, me hearty!"
Photoshop how people and life would be different if pirates ruled the world. Think of pirate cars, animals, money, and of course pirate politicians and celebrities. Arrrrr, photoshop, mateys!

Contest Info

    • Started: 9/19/2011 11:20
    • Ended: 9/22/2011 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 23
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
23 pictures
  • Barack Obama Freemason Piracy

    Barack Obama Freemason Piracy
  • Shiver Me Diapers the Baby Pirate

    Shiver Me Diapers the Baby Pirate
  • Pirate Tiger

    Pirate Tiger
  • Barack Obama Pirate in Oval Office

    Barack Obama Pirate in Oval Office
  • American Gothic Pirates

    American Gothic Pirates
  • Bruce Willis the Mutineer

    Bruce Willis the Mutineer
  • Marty Feldman the Pirate

    Marty Feldman the Pirate
  • Vladimir Putin the Russian Pirate

    Vladimir Putin the Russian Pirate
  • Ozzy Ozbourne Pirate

    Ozzy Ozbourne Pirate
  • Pirate Captain Ahmadinejad

    Pirate Captain Ahmadinejad
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This contest is fueled by the following news: For over 200 years, romantic myths about sea pirates were constantly stirred up by folklore tradition, adventure literature and cinema and has entered into the consciousness so that now it is almost impossible to call difficult social phenomenon such as piracy. Corsairs, filibusters, raiders, privateers ... just the listing of these terms suggests: a phenomenon of piracy is very heterogeneous. During different historical epochs, in different geographical areas, different tribes and nations for several decades, at a distance of tens of kilometres, piracy changed, being adopted to suit the circumstances of the place and time. The origin of the word "piracy" is linked with the Greek verb "peiran", which means "try", "to try the luck". The Latin "pirata", meaning the sea pirate, appeared during the Roman epoch. According to the definition in dictionaries, the pirate can be any person who is engaged in robbery on the sea or on the coast, having landed on it from any water craft. The word "corsair" is often used as a synonym of "pirate". But actually, corsairs (they are privateers) are not robbers. These "sea guerrillas" are distinguished by that fact that they were some kind of saboteurs in public service, hunted for trophies only with the permission of authorities, which granted them corresponding licenses the right to rob the properties of the enemy (the so-called "letter of marque"). As an effective means of conducting a sea war, privateering has appeared in Europe on the boundary of the 13th to 14th centuries, when states did not have huge military fleets. Already then, there was no salvation from it. Let's go back to pirates. It is impossible to tell precisely where and when the pirates appeared for the first time, but it is doubtless to say that, sea robbery is one of the first most ancient professions. The scourge of mercantile seafaring existed in Ancient world, in the Middle Ages and during modern times. Even in our post-industrial age, pirates are operating successfully on the lines of ultra-modern navigation in South-east Asia, West Africa and off the coasts of Somalia. What are the social roots of this occupation, who are united and combined into a robber fraternity? Yes, anyone: fugitive slaves, convicts and bonded labourers; fugitives or sailors and soldiers, who are dismissed from the service; bankrupt, impoverished peasants, artisans, small merchants and nobles; people persecuted for political or religious motives; adventurers and criminals. Please note that not only hungry stomachs and resentment at the unjust order attracted the persecuted and the outlaw daredevils to pirate gangs. Their ranks were filled with people, who are completely secured, even aristocratic, but simply cruel or wishing to multiply their wealth through robbery - throughout history, robbery was considered to be a noble thing. Thus, Plutarch in the life of Gnaeus Pompeius (106-48 BC.) had the occasion to note: "When the Romans, at the time of civil wars, fought at the gates of Rome, the sea, left without protection, gradually attracted pirates and encouraged them to further develop. Many people, wealthy, noble, generally, prudent, started entering the brigandage ships & participate in pirate trading, as if it could bring them fame and honour". It is strange, but true: pirate Jeanne de Belleville was a baroness, corsair George Clifford an earl and the ferocious leader of the French filibusters Charles Francoisd'Angennes de Maintenon was a Marquis. Pirate Henry Mainwaring graduated from Oxford (where he received a law degree!) and the elusive bandit navigator William Ambrose Cowley, studied at Cambridge. In the 13th century, Eustache was once a monk, who stabbed "half" of the merchants of the English Channel. Major Stede Bonnet, before being picked up on his ship the "Jolly Roger", was an owner of a plantation in Barbados and the Dutchman Baudevin Hendricks served as a provincial burgomaster. The most famous pirate was chronographer Alexander Olivier Esquemelin (a doctor by profession) who came to the West Indies as a white slave. "Having freedom - he wrote - I was naked, like Adam. I did not have anything so I remained amongst the pirates or robbers until 1672". In 1684, Saint-Laurent and Begon, special emissaries of the French government in western colonies, report in Versailles: filibusters "gladly take on board bandits, who have sometimes escaped from the galleys". Becoming outlaws on their own wish or according to the needs, pirates were refused not only from social differences but also on national, religious and racial prejudices till modern times, which was quite difficult psychologically. Long before Marx, who called the proletarians of all countries to unite, the communities of pirates were formed on an international basis. For instance, the famous Cilician pirates, who completely dominated the eastern Mediterranean in I BC, consisted, of course, not only of the inhabitants of Cilicia (then the Armenian region on the south-east of Asia Minor) but also included representatives from a dozen nations in its ranks. In the Baltic and North Seas in 14th to 15th centuries, lot of Germans, Danes, Swedes and Frisians were present amongst the pirates. And in a crew of Barbary pirates, who in the 16th century and the first quarter of the 19th century, were based in the ports of North Africa, included not only Arabs, Moors (baptized Moors of Iberian Peninsula) and Turks but also a lot of Italians, Spaniards, Greeks, English and Flemish. Jews were also pirates. Even the Cossack hordes, making a livelihood on an almost closed Black Sea in the 16th and 17th centuries, represented a Babylonian "confusion of languages". In this respect, one can cite at least indirect evidence of Alexander Pesochinksy, the Ambassador of Poland in Istanbul. He, in 1601, responding to accusations of the Turkish government that his countrymen are engaged in piracy, claimed that, "Muscovites , Volokhs, Turks and Tatars ... and in general, representatives of all languages" were amongst the Zaporozhye Cossacks - why is the Polish government is dragged into this?