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#39 - dashgamer (06/30/2013) [-]
Actually, the greatest pirate of all time, Ching Shih, protected the towns she forced to pay tribute, had a strict code of honor among her large cadre of pirate brethren, and put those that abused the innocent to the sword.
#206 to #39 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
True. In fact the majority of the pirate community had a very democratic system and a strict code of honor. But the same could be said about some inner city gangs. Although not as prominent.
#177 to #39 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
I've noticed that people who use the "consider the following" picture end up being a bunch of pseudo-intellectual morons.
#151 to #39 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
Why did you use "actually?"

That still makes he brutal, violent, and merciless...
"forced to pay.." -- Brutal
"...to the sword" -- Violent
"Strict code" -- merciless

Sounds like a typical pirate to me and deserves no recognition of 'greatness' - Because pirates weren't great. They were and are douchebags.
User avatar #157 to #151 - greenstrongworld (06/30/2013) [-]
Yes but the authority back then basically did the same things that you described. So dashgamer here, used the word "actually" because it was ironic that a pirate was doing good things.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
User avatar #138 to #39 - daentraya (06/30/2013) [-]
And her fleet was great enough to overpower empires at the time. That woman knew how to get **** done. I kind of admire her as a fascinating character, even though she was still a pirate
User avatar #94 to #39 - schneidend (06/30/2013) [-]
Pretty awesome, yo.
User avatar #69 to #39 - jimmiesberustled (06/30/2013) [-]
She actually retired, as well. She WON being a pirate!
#38 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
One Piece anyone?
#36 - thelordofrepost (06/30/2013) [-]
According to Pastafarianism the exact opposite happened.
User avatar #28 - lavasoft (06/30/2013) [-]
With the current generation, I won't be surprised if this happens.
User avatar #68 to #27 - zorororonoa (06/30/2013) [-]
I don't see any science
User avatar #52 to #27 - corpsedolly (06/30/2013) [-]
*Yeah history bitch
#26 - defeats (06/30/2013) [-]
I have recently found myself liking pirates more than before!
#50 to #26 - vorack **User deleted account** (06/30/2013) [-]
Whenever I see anything Gangplank I have to post this.
User avatar #95 to #50 - schneidend (06/30/2013) [-]
I don't get it.

Gangplank + D&D Dragonborn = ...?
User avatar #226 to #95 - vorack **User deleted account** (07/01/2013) [-]
I mad a dragonborn pirate in a 3.5 campaign so I just photoshopped his head onto it. Now whenever anything related to Gangplank happens, I feel obligated to post the Famed Zorual the Red.

Also it looks goddamn silly.
User avatar #227 to #226 - schneidend (07/01/2013) [-]
That's actually pretty awesome.
#230 to #227 - vorack **User deleted account** (07/01/2013) [-]
This one didn't happen in the campaign, but I still like it
#229 to #227 - vorack **User deleted account** (07/01/2013) [-]
As a Pirate, alcohol was his lifeblood
#228 to #227 - vorack **User deleted account** (07/01/2013) [-]
I ended up having to make a Zorual version for all of GP's skins, here is when I made a disguise to rob a bank
User avatar #24 - reginleif ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
But they weren't cruel and merciless violent bastards at all.......

The point of being a pirate and ransacking a town or a ship was to get the target to surrender, and surrender quick. Then getting a ransom or looting the loot.

If pirates ALWAYS went around killing EVERYONE, and giving all the ladies the D, then the people of those towns and those who caught wind of those stories would NEVER surrender their ships, considering what awaits them. Then you'd have to sink the ship or have an impossible task of killing everyone in the ship, both VERY dangerous to the crew and LESS profitable

Under that system people who actually DID do that kind of merciless killing were actually pretty unsuccessful pirates. I actually read up on some of those guys who used to target Spaniards and Frenchmen with a 100% mortality and cruelty rate. They didn't end up well.
User avatar #29 to #24 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Exactly, I mean hell Blackbeard barely killed anyone, he hated killing, that;s why he came up with the Blackbeard persona, to scare people away.
User avatar #44 to #29 - reginleif ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Didn't he attach fireworks to his ****** up hair to add shock value? 0.o
User avatar #77 to #44 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Yes. Yes he did.
User avatar #23 - lucarioveethree (06/30/2013) [-]
family_guy_street_math.avi So something like this?
#46 to #23 - feglol (06/30/2013) [-]
aw yes, back when Family Guy was actually clever.
aw yes, back when Family Guy was actually clever.
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#22 - poniesnstuff (06/30/2013) [-]
These were real gangsters
#139 to #22 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
To everyone commenting in this thread, the only real difference between modern and old gangsters is that the old gangsters were more organised and were about business. Today, it's more about the fun of it. The old ones did it because that was without a doubt the best way they could provide for their families.
User avatar #25 to #22 - reginleif ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
They were just better dressed, nothing about them was any more honorable or cleaner than the gangsters today.
#213 to #25 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
i think not wearing >XXXL shirts makes you more honorable
#192 to #25 - gerfox (06/30/2013) [-]
"I said that I would see you because I had heard that you were a serious man, to be treated with respect. But I must say no to you and let me give you my reasons. It's true I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn't be so friendly if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling which they consider a harmless vice. But drugs, that's a dirty business."
User avatar #158 to #25 - greenstrongworld (06/30/2013) [-]
I believe that having pants that cover your butt is honorable.
#154 to #25 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
yes there is, honor, dicipline, respect for family and loyalty, actual I.Q levels. ect ect.
User avatar #70 to #25 - jimmiesberustled (06/30/2013) [-]
Exactly, fashion sense is essential when you wanted to be a respected individual of the criminal community.
User avatar #30 to #25 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
They ran it like a business, with moral codes and obligations. Gangs today will off someone in their own gang. You look at the mafia, being in the family means no one in the family is gonna **** with you unless the Don orders it.
User avatar #82 to #30 - latinotornado (06/30/2013) [-]
what the **** are you talking about? Al Capone killed people of his own gang dozens of times. Trust is very low when it comes to those businesses.
User avatar #83 to #82 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Only if they ****** up. He killed those people because they disrespected the family.
User avatar #85 to #83 - latinotornado (06/30/2013) [-]
no, no i'm afraid your wrong. Well, your right in that of course he killed them if they did that, but he would kill people out of paranoia. If he had a rumor that someone was cuttin ******** on his runs he would have them beaten and killed in an alleyway. ALL gangsters did this. Just because they dressed nicer didn't mean **** . That was just the fashion back then. Hell, look at the cartels back then, it's just as bad as it is now.
User avatar #86 to #85 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Well that was Capone, he was a paranoid ************ . Now Bugsy, there was a smart guy...you know...until Capone killed him.
User avatar #88 to #86 - latinotornado (06/30/2013) [-]
All the big time gangsters were like that man. Sorry to tell you this now, but gangsters have always been brutal ******* . Al Capone, Mickey Cohen, Arnold Rothstein (him not so much).
User avatar #89 to #88 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Oh trust me I know this all too well, my great grandmother was Capones ******* maid.
#126 to #89 - doubleac (06/30/2013) [-]
Intriguing. Stories?
User avatar #91 to #89 - latinotornado (06/30/2013) [-]
Damn, that's pretty cool for a family tree. My uncle used to run with Cartels in Colombia.
User avatar #31 to #30 - reginleif ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
They had a moral code, but they pretty much only kept the part about keeping their mouth shut, and even then they gave that up after the RICO act.

They sold drugs, backstabbed each other and lied to each other like any other gang really.
User avatar #33 to #31 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Well yes. But look at the idiots nowadays, teens with 9mms.
User avatar #43 to #33 - reginleif ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
well I'll agree with you there somewhat, your local crime gangs are ******* jokes.

But there is plenty of modern organized criminal groups today which put even the mafia to shame in how much they earn and how they operate.

My thoughts on this is, to be a GOOD gangster, you had to hide the fact that you were a gangster, which many of the older school mafioso's did VERY well.

Not the famous ones like Gotti, but the guys who owned their own blue collar businesses during the day.

Today's gangsters make it too obvious what they are with their dress and their permanent body alterations.
User avatar #78 to #43 - holycrapimacupcake (06/30/2013) [-]
Exactly, you look at Capone, Bugsy Malone, they all hid it very well, only the cops, and thejudges really knew about them, and that was because they had them in their pockets.
User avatar #17 - apocalypticburrito ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Pirates thought of their venture more like business than criminal acts.
I think i read somewhere they even left a card so the ship knew who they where dealing with, but i dont think that last part is true.
#10 - harasai (06/30/2013) [-]
this post is dumb,

(westren) pirates where civilised people, they had to be , if they really where violent thugs every last man would fight them to the death

they where made into swashbuckling killers by movies

source : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piracy#Pirate_democracy
User avatar #217 to #10 - GrimTheRealReaper (06/30/2013) [-]
No they werent. Not even close. While they had those democracies on their ships, it hardly makes them civilized. They werent attacking each other on board, which i guess is what you might mean, but anywhere else theyd kill you without batting an eye.
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User avatar #14 to #13 - GrimTheRealReaper (06/30/2013) [-]
He was hung. And placed in what is called a gibbet cage afterwards. They tarred his body to make sure it didnt rot and hung the cage over the edge of a pier so that the tide could wash over it 3 times. Ive been studying piracy since i was six.
User avatar #135 to #14 - hudis ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Didn't Blackbeard turn out to have 13 bullets or something in him once they finally put him down?
User avatar #215 to #135 - GrimTheRealReaper (06/30/2013) [-]
Close. 22 wounds, including 4 gunshot wounds. The others were cuts and stabs and such.
User avatar #216 to #215 - hudis ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Still pretty damn impressive. Always found Blackbeard very intriguing, partially for that reason.
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#75 to #6 - hairibar (06/30/2013) [-]
That guy is ******* awesome. Everyone's just walking (badasly?), and he just doesn't give a ****
User avatar #49 to #6 - JohnE (06/30/2013) [-]
What is that, Grease?
User avatar #54 to #49 - corpsedolly (06/30/2013) [-]
It's a pretty well known musical. I can't remember the name though. I know it's about some puertos moving in a neighborhood and the gangs collide with the white gangs or some **** like that.
User avatar #173 to #54 - fistpump (06/30/2013) [-]
I think that's West Side Story?
It's like a modern version of Romeo and Juliet.
#193 to #173 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
User avatar #55 to #54 - JohnE (06/30/2013) [-]
"Well-known" and "Musicals" don't mix with me, sorry.
User avatar #58 to #55 - corpsedolly (06/30/2013) [-]
I used to be in choir and acting classes. To most of the people in those, it's known.
User avatar #65 to #58 - JohnE (06/30/2013) [-]
I took two years of theater arts. Heard the name thrown around but never actually saw it. Oh well.
User avatar #60 to #58 - flashfire (06/30/2013) [-]
West Side Story.
User avatar #61 to #60 - corpsedolly (06/30/2013) [-]
Yeah that's what it's called. I couldn't remember it.
User avatar #16 to #6 - bobthedilder (06/30/2013) [-]
Anyone else hate that movie?
User avatar #87 to #16 - waterbottlemanboy (06/30/2013) [-]
I thought it was wonderful but I respect your opinion.
User avatar #221 to #87 - bobthedilder (07/01/2013) [-]
I did watch it in school when I was 14 so I might enjoy it more now but, back then, I couldn't stand it. Also I'm not the biggest fan of musicals.
User avatar #222 to #221 - waterbottlemanboy (07/01/2013) [-]
I like musicals, but a lot of them are bad, and cliched, my favourite is Sweeney Todd, so good. And Chicago.
User avatar #223 to #222 - bobthedilder (07/01/2013) [-]
Also liked Todd and The Producers now that I think of it, there's probably more that I've seen and liked just can't remember them.
User avatar #224 to #223 - waterbottlemanboy (07/01/2013) [-]
And I love all the Tim Burton claymation Musicals.
User avatar #225 to #224 - bobthedilder (07/01/2013) [-]
And just like that I like musicals way more than I thought.
#5 - maddboiy (06/29/2013) [-]
Pirates were actually fun loving explorers who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, they also were known to give out candy to children. Their name was slandered by christian propaganda. I am happy that people are now seeing the light and returning to traditional pirates.
User avatar #37 to #5 - thelordofrepost (06/30/2013) [-]
And Hare Krishnas. Not just Christians.
User avatar #9 to #5 - createdjustnow (06/29/2013) [-]
if you like pirates, check out the mmo uncharted waters. it's pretty good, if not bothered by wasting hours sailing from one side of the world to another
User avatar #8 to #5 - robotvoice (06/29/2013) [-]
I remember reading of a town in which pirates illegally traded in
all the townsfolk turned away from the pirates when they brought stolen cargo in so they could enjoy lower prices.
User avatar #4 - pukki (06/29/2013) [-]
O kay you lil crackas. It's time to learn some numbas. If I cap 2 ****** out of 3, how many are there left.
User avatar #171 to #4 - elcreepo (06/30/2013) [-]
#140 to #4 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
one stolen bike
#72 to #4 - funnyfuuuuuu (06/30/2013) [-]
Too many...
#51 to #4 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
0, i knifed dat mutha ***** .
User avatar #47 to #4 - feelythefeel (06/30/2013) [-]
depends if any mo cum to se it afer the nois, dog
User avatar #40 to #4 - Weekendman (06/30/2013) [-]
Yo ***** , it don't matta. I got no caps left. U shure wez supposta b holdin it sidewayz?
#7 to #4 - numbas (06/29/2013) [-]
sometimes i regret this name
User avatar #3 - thamuz ONLINE (06/29/2013) [-]
Pirates were Ok with gay marriage(had some sort of union) and had insurance.

User avatar #18 to #3 - matthewfuckingmain (06/30/2013) [-]
Oh, well that makes all the murder, stealing, and rape okay. Because you know, at least they supported gay marriage.
#19 to #18 - thamuz ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
You do know that most of the time Pirates didn't really care about anything too valuable on a ship,they took the medical supplies more than anything else because you know..its hard as 			****		 to get that stuff. Research is a good thing to do. Not all pirates were bad people. Some of them were just against what British navy was doing at the time.   
But hey,I guess nobody likes to do research on actually how they live or why they did what they did! Feed me your red thumbs!
You do know that most of the time Pirates didn't really care about anything too valuable on a ship,they took the medical supplies more than anything else because you know..its hard as **** to get that stuff. Research is a good thing to do. Not all pirates were bad people. Some of them were just against what British navy was doing at the time.

But hey,I guess nobody likes to do research on actually how they live or why they did what they did! Feed me your red thumbs!
User avatar #20 to #19 - matthewfuckingmain (06/30/2013) [-]
You taken your medication today? Autism really hitting you hard it seems.
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User avatar #2 - davidteninch (06/29/2013) [-]
Pirates used to be the Achilles's heel for an overseas empire in the 18th century.

Now they're just ******* stealing cargo ships in Africa.
#59 to #2 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
thats because those pirates were white
User avatar #137 to #59 - daentraya (06/30/2013) [-]
Those pirates were from all kinds of nationalities, ya know. The most successful pirates, in my opinion, would be the huge asian pirate fleet under the rule of a chinese woman. That's how you get **** done
#41 to #2 - whatamidoingwithme ONLINE (06/30/2013) [-]
Barbary corsairs were given ships and cannons by Ottoman Empire to do whatever they wish as long as they don't harass their coasts.
User avatar #42 to #41 - davidteninch (06/30/2013) [-]
Reminds me of Empire Total War.
#62 to #42 - trollolololgabe (06/30/2013) [-]
went after those pirate bastards as quick as I could and just ANNIHILATED them. All they do is make problems. taught them not to **** with the United States and or Sweden.
#63 to #62 - davidteninch (06/30/2013) [-]
Prussian playing master race.
#32 to #2 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
Africa is a body of water? Cool.
User avatar #11 to #2 - reican (06/30/2013) [-]
Actually, before the peace treaty between Britain and Spain, pirates were often used and even trained and given ships by each side to plunder the enemy. Captain Henry Morgan ( now most people know about him only because of rum) was a Governor and an imperial officer whose job was to cause as much problems for the Spanish royal fleet as possible, after the peace treaty, Piracy became illegal and the E.I.C. was founded and actively hunted pirated and sentenced them to death, as piracy was the onl life most of them knew, they continued, and after being branded traitors by the British and spanish royal fleets, they attacked both and thus became " Fearsome bandits" before the treaty they were more known as " brave sailors"

what a turn of events eh?
#150 to #11 - fefe (06/30/2013) [-]
Sounds like the united states and the taliban.
User avatar #219 to #150 - reican (06/30/2013) [-]
well, that's what you get when ignorant leaders who consider themselves too smart to learn anything from the worlds' history.

Did I ever tell you the definition of insanity? It's doing the exact same thing over and over again, expecting it to work out better.
However, the pirates were more or less betrayed by the royal fleets.
User avatar #1 - therealtjthemedic (06/29/2013) [-]
"Woah, dat ***** stole my coke and shot my homie!
You know what time it is, kids!
Cap that ************ ! "
#71 to #1 - funnyfuuuuuu (06/30/2013) [-]
Gee golly, learning is fun!
Gee golly, learning is fun!
User avatar #195 to #71 - thegamerslife (06/30/2013) [-]
I would just like to know, how much is this guy really seeing. with one eye nearly closed and the other obstructed by his hood...must be a modern day storm trooper.
#232 to #195 - funnyfuuuuuu (07/02/2013) [-]
Reminded me of this scene from Django Unchained Django Unchained - KKK Hood / Mask Scene
User avatar #233 to #232 - thegamerslife (07/02/2013) [-]
HA I wonder if they can see why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch?
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