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Posted: Nov 4th 2008 5:45PM (Unverified) said

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*makes a pirate expression on his face*

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 6:12PM (Unverified) said

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"Ar, fortune rides on the shoulders of them what schemes." -Long John Silver

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 7:08PM (Unverified) said

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I've always been a fan of "Shiver me timbers!"

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 6:55PM (Unverified) said

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YARRRR MATEYS!!!

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 10:53PM (Unverified) said

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ARHH

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 7:18PM DaBruuzer said

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"Avast! Ye scurvy dogs!"

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 7:28PM (Unverified) said

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It's gotta be, "Shiver me timbers!"

If you've ever been in a small boat in a storm at sea you know the feeling. When a big wave crashes into your bow and the whole boat shudders it is natural to feel insignificant relative to the size and raw power of "mother nature." Just a lonely cork in a storm-tossed ocean.

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 7:36PM jpkustra said

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"To Be Three Sheets in the Wind"

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 8:14PM (Unverified) said

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Shiver me timbers matey

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 8:38PM (Unverified) said

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Dead men tell no tales....

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 8:52PM CKC said

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Shiver me timbers!

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 9:04PM fatpanda said

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Dead men tell no tales !

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 9:17PM fullduplex said

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Arrrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhh

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 9:54PM (Unverified) said

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Yarrrrr!!!

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 10:06PM (Unverified) said

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Arrr I'll keelhaul you. Always a great one.

Keelhauling (Dutch kielhalen, German Kielholen; "to drag along the keel") was a severe form of corporal punishment meted out to sailors at sea.

The sailor was tied to a rope that looped beneath the vessel, thrown overboard on one side of the ship, and dragged under the ship's keel to the other side. As the hull was often covered in barnacles and other marine growth, this could result in cuts and other injuries. This generally happened if the offender was pulled quickly. If pulled slowly, his weight might lower him sufficiently to miss the barnacles but might result in his drowning.

Keelhauling was legally permitted as a punishment in the Dutch Navy. The earliest official mention of keelhauling is a Dutch ordinance of 1560, and the practice was not formally abolished until 1853. While not an official punishment, it was reportedly used by some British Royal Navy and merchant marine captains, and has become strongly associated with pirate lore.

Today keelhauling can refer to the spinnaker sheets getting stuck under the hull after dowsing the sail. This occurs especially in dinghy sailboats such as Laser 2 because nothing prevents the sheet from being pulled under the bow.

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 10:34PM (Unverified) said

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arrghhh

Posted: Nov 4th 2008 11:26PM Mike Azariah said

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What's the 18'th letter of the alphabet?



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Posted: Nov 5th 2008 12:12AM (Unverified) said

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Yearrgh!

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 1:08AM (Unverified) said

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Yar-me-artes!

Posted: Nov 5th 2008 2:52AM Samael said

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Have I lived this many years, and a son of a rum puncheon cock his hat athwart my hawse at the latter end of it

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