Saturday, September 17, 2011

In Preparation For I.T.L.P.D....

ITLPD. Come on, you know what it means. International Talk Like a Pirate Day!! My Favorite holiday, besides Halloween of course. In the course of my gearing up for it, I have a pic of my in pirate gear to share. Old pic... I need an updated one!

I'll be joining Alex's blog hop on Monday: 10 Worst Movies Ever! And I just may do it Pirate style.

In the meantime, perhaps I can share some little known facts about pirates with you.

First, pirates wore whatever they could get their greedy, filthy little hands on. These pirates you see in the movies with the cute little torn off pants or the gorgeous Captain's coat? Yeah. Most of the lesser crewmen wore dresses if that is all that was available for them to wear. Imagine being pillaged by a guy in a lacy dress, bodice untied and loose... ::Snorts:: Kidding of course. Most sailors had to be good tailors as well, what with sewing up sails and the like. But they did take the material of whatever they found to patch up what they wore or made do with whatever they could throw together.

Pirates who have a patch or peg leg or even a hook... Well, they're just bad pirates. Get out of the way when something is flying at you. Sheesh. Seriously, hooks were a bit too cliche. If they lost a hand, chances are they didn't put anything on the limb. But a leg? Well yes, they did use wooden legs. Want to teach THAT pirate a lesson? Douse his leg in termites. Ha!

Pirates would wear a gold earring so that if their body washed ashore, there would be a way to pay for his burial.

And I will ... hmm... what could I give you guys aside from lashings from the Cat o' Nine Tails to the person who can tell me what Keelhauling is.

I already know. Good luck!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Pirate style! I like that idea, Mel. Looking forward to your picks for the blogfest on Monday.

Mel Chesley said...

I'm all set Alex! This will be fun. :D