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USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Pirates on Wednesday ~ 31 December 2003
Canteen FRiends ~ Radix

Posted on 12/31/2003 2:27:11 AM PST by Radix

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Pirates on Wednesdays

Prepare to walk the plank today matey!

Welcome to Pirates on Wednesdays.

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Here is an amalgamation of trivial facts and seemingly useless data.

Do not forget to hit the hyperlinks.

We have links, lots of them.

Look it up!

From the Radixionary


A man who behaves in a dishonourable or contemptible way.

It’s sad that this contemptuous term for a scoundrel has fallen out of use, since it carries a big punch. Our usual pronunciation as “blaggard” obscures its curious composition. Who or what was the black guard that got itself such a dreadful reputation? If I had a time machine handy, I’d go back to about 1500 and ask some pointed questions of Londoners. Failing this device, matters have to remain somewhat obscure.

The earliest recorded use, by a few years, was in 1535. Then it referred to low menials in a royal or noble household. They were the ones who looked after the pots and pans and other kitchen utensils: the scullions or kitchen-knaves. Nobody knows for sure why they were said to be black—perhaps the colour of the pots literally or figuratively rubbed off on them. A slightly later sense is of the rabble that followed an army about: the servants, camp-followers and general hangers-on (here black presumably has its common derogatory sense). There seems to be a third sense, which refers to a guard of attendants or soldiers who were dressed in black; it’s possible that there really was a Black Guard—so called—at Westminster about this time (there are account records that refer to them, but nobody has any idea who they actually were).

By the eighteenth century, the term was applied to children and young people who made a living any way they could, either as boot blacks or general assistants to soldiers (presumably this was a joke on the literal form of the word). Our modern sense appeared about 1730, and was a highly offensive term for a scoundrel or villain, or any low worthless minor criminal.


The real Davy Jones—if there ever was one—remains obscure.

We do know that the phrase goes back at least two centuries, since the first clear reference comes from Tobias Smollett, who wrote in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle in 1751 that: “This same Davy Jones, according to the mythology of sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is often seen in various shapes, perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes, ship-wrecks, and other disasters to which sea-faring life is exposed, warning the devoted wretch of death and woe”. So his locker is the bottom of the sea, the ocean’s depths.

So much for facts. There are various stories about the origin of the term, usually attempting to identify a real David Jones. One of this name was said to run a pub in London, with a neat sideline—a sort of privatised press gang—of drugging unwary patrons and storing them in his ale lockers at the back of the pub until they could be taken on board some ship. Another story tries to identify him with Jonah of the Old Testament, who—you will recall—spent three days and three nights in the belly of a great fish; but Jonah survived. Yet a third theory says, as you suggest, that Davy Jones was a fearsome pirate, who loved to make his captives walk the plank, so they ended up at the bottom of the sea; but nobody, so far as I know, has identified this alarming outlaw.

We can be fairly certain that all these stories are folklore. The real Davy Jones—if there ever was one—remains obscure.

We knew that sailors used the phrase to refer to the bottom of the ocean, but we had no clue as to its origin. After entering the phrase "Davy Jones Locker" in the Yahoo! search bar, we discovered several possibilities:
Where has all the Rum gone?

To sell some rum, just show a bum


Sixteen men and a dead mans chest.....

AARGHH ya scurvy dogs, it is Pirates today
We must acknowledge once and for all that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis.
... Spock, "The Mark of Gideon," stardate 5423.4..
My wench has a peg leg too,  her name is I Lean.
Yo Ho Ho, a  bottle of rum you'll find here, if yarr aold anough.
One of the most dreaded pirates of all was Edward Teach, or Blackbeard. To make himself look terrifying during a raid, he used to braid lit hemp fuses into his hair and bread. The same kind of fuse to light cannons. These fuses burned slowly and smoked. He looked like he was on fire. Some time between 1716 and 1718, Blackbeard attacked many ships during this time and it was the governor of Virginia who sent two Navy ships to capture him. After a long battle, Blackbeard was killed.


Would you like some Geometry with your Pirates?    

We’re into one of the more arcane areas of three-dimensional geometry here. This figure is a polyhedron, a solid figure with flat faces. It was given this name in 1969 by Viktor Zalgaller, in an article in which he proved an abstruse result about a set of irregular polyhedra called the Johnson solids. These polyhedra are named after N W Johnson, who had suggested three years earlier that there were just 92 of them. Mr Zalgaller proved this was so and gave each of the 92 polyhedra a unique name. Hebesphenomegacorona can be split into four parts as hebe (from the Latin word for “blunt”), spheno (from the Greek for “wedge”), mega (Greek, “great”), and corona (Latin, “crown”), so making a “large, blunt, wedge-shaped crown”. He came up with many splendid names for other members of the set, like square dipyramid, pentagonal orthocupolarontunda, gyrobifastigium, metabidiminished rhombicosidododecahedron, snub disphenoid, gyroelongated disphenocingulum, elongated pentagonal gyrocupolarotunda, and triangular orthobicupola. I will lay heavy odds against you finding any of them in even the largest dictionaries.

Dr. Seusss does Pirates.
to live the life of a Pirate I do aspire.

We are counting cards.

We are a different sort of  Pittsburgh Stealers.

Happy Birthday

Odetta 1930

Parrots and Pirates

Together again.

You're in double trouble.

Happy Birthday

Anthony Hopkins 1937

I once had a Pirate over for  lunch, with a delicious Chianti!

Talk like a pirate
Are you brave enough to "walk the plank?"
Happy Birthday

Sarah Miles 1941

Out here, us pirates like Sarah Leagues. Every body doesn't like something, but nobody doen't like Sarah Leagues!

Spock the Pirate

Caught in a spectacular ion storm during a planetside visit, Captain Kirk, Dr. McCoy, Lt. Uhura, and Cmdr. Scott attempt a return to the Enterprise ("Mirror, Mirror"), but the transporter malfunctions. They find themselves aboard a strangely changed Enterprise, where Starfleet Command insignia have changed to a dagger-through-a-world symbol, and Mr. Spock has a sinister-looking beard. It is a parallel or "mirror universe" with everything opposite to the one they know; on this Enterprise, crewmen are punished with "The Agonizer," advancement is through assassination and the mirror-Kirk has a mistress who is very ambitious, but loves her Captain. Uhura distracts the evil mirror-Lt. Sulu so Scotty can require the transporter for a return to their own universe. Scotty succeeds, but not before both Marlena and the mirror-Spock try to stop them. Kirk's silver-tongued logic prevails, and the mirror-Spock allows them to leave.

Humans smile with so little provocation.
... Spock, "Journey to Babel," stardate 3842.3..

I left my Pirate earring over in the other galaxy.

I am an excellent driver.

Every Pirate must have a decent Cutlass!

For the little Pirates

  Happy Birthday

Donna Summer 1948

Donna Summer is a former neighbor of the Radix

On this day:

1970 - Paul McCartney filed a suit to dissolve the Beatles.

1971 - The Beatles broke up.

Pirate jokes

Final Season record 2003 4 Wins 12 Losses, ahhh ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ahahahaha

Would you like a Treasure Chest with your Pirates on Wednesdays?

This ain't Tomkow's former Treasury of KNowledge.

Todays Wednesday field trip takes us to the Barbary Coast.
  On this day:

1687 - The first Huguenots set sail from France for the Cape of Good Hope, where they would later create the South African wine industry with the vines they took with them on the voyage.

What do you know about South Africa?

"Never put off until tomorrow that which can be done the day after tomorrow."
                                                                                                                               - Mark Twain
Everyone can have a Pirate name.
On this day:

1862 - U.S. President Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union.

Pi ..   Rates

It is all so irrational!

As we know, the value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution.

... Spock, "Wolf in the Fold," stardate 3615.4..

Can you read the secret code of Pirate lore?

On this day:

1879 - Thomas Edison gave his first public demonstration of incandescent lighting to an audience in Menlo Park, NJ.

What a great idea!..

Did Edison pirate the Incandescant light bulb ?

On this day:

1897 - Brooklyn, NY spent its last day as a separate entity before becoming part
of New York City.

Some day I will tell you all about my Uncle Rarrrdix who was a famous Pirate.

the only known pirate ship discovered in North America

Dead men tell no tales.

Pirates once ruled the seas off of Cape Cod, for a time.

On this day:

1946 - U.S. President Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

About a hundred dollars

The Buck stops here!

On this day:

1974 - Private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the
first time in more than 40 years.

All Pirates love Gold and are willing to take yours.

On this day:

1990 - Titleholder Gary Kasparov of the U.S.S.R. won the world chess championship match against his countryman Anatoly Karpov.

I am an excellent Chess player.

Pirates cheat at chess, and they steal pawns, and Shanghai them.

1997 - Michael Kennedy, 39-year-old son of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.
Yo Ho Ho, and a Barrell of Rum!
Please drink your Rum responsibly tonight.

Happy New Year Troops!

Thank you for your Service

Pirates Wednesdays

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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; Aeronaut; Bethbg79; blackie; E.G.C.; fatima; Fawnn; HiJinx; Hondo1952; ...

2 posted on 12/31/2003 2:28:53 AM PST by Radix (I am just a FReeper, with a winning Football team..)
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To: Radix
Good morning Radix and all. Happy New Year to everyone!

3 posted on 12/31/2003 2:30:05 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: Radix
Today my pirate name is "Ale Guzzler Ivan"! YoHO Mates!
4 posted on 12/31/2003 4:02:33 AM PST by sneakers
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To: Radix; Fawnn; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LindaSOG; LaDivaLoca; Bethbg79; bentfeather; ...
Click on the pic and I'll guide you
to the start of today's thread
Pirates on Wednesday

Showing support and boosting the morale of
our military and our allies military
and the family members of the above.
Honoring those who have served before.

Come Join the fun this New Year's Eve in the USO Canteen FReeper Style!
The graphic below was created by Fawnn!

5 posted on 12/31/2003 4:28:25 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: Radix
A very pleasant good morning to everyone at the canteen and to all of our military at home and abroad. thanks for your continued service to our country.

Folks, be sure to update your anti-virsu definitions.

Had a great time the last few days with my brother and his family. My sisiter and her kids came down from the city. Everytthing's returning back to normal.

6 posted on 12/31/2003 4:34:46 AM PST by E.G.C.
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From the men in the Military and the Canteen

7 posted on 12/31/2003 4:42:54 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
As always, thanks for the ping Tonkin!!!

Happy New Year!

8 posted on 12/31/2003 4:45:22 AM PST by Eaker (Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark. - Lazarus Long)
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Weird fact of the Day.

9 posted on 12/31/2003 4:46:39 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: Radix
Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9

Though I know not what awaits me—
What the future has in store,
Yet I know that God is faithful,
For I've proved Him oft before

We can trust our all-knowing God for the unknown future.

10 posted on 12/31/2003 4:47:41 AM PST by The Mayor (Those who love and serve God on earth will feel at home in heaven.)
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To: Eaker
Happy New Year!
11 posted on 12/31/2003 4:47:42 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: All

The USO Canteen Post Office

E-Mail Our Military Links
To enter, Click on the Post Office
Please stop in the USO Canteen Post Office Daily to E-Mail our Troops.

12 posted on 12/31/2003 4:49:50 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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13 posted on 12/31/2003 4:52:12 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (THANK YOU TROOPS, PAST and PRESENT)
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CLICK HERE for Troop Prayer Thread 9

14 posted on 12/31/2003 4:54:42 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (God Bless and Protect our military and our allies military.)
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To: Radix; tomkow6; All
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15 posted on 12/31/2003 4:57:16 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: All
To every service man or woman reading this thread.
Thank You for your service to our country.
No matter where you are stationed,
No matter what your job description
Know that we are are proud of each and everyone of you.

To our military readers, we remain steadfast in keeping the Canteen doors open.
The Canteen is Free Republics longest running daily thread specifically designed
to provide entertainment and morale support for the military.

The doors have been open since Oct 7 2001,
the day of the start of the war in Afghanistan.

We are indebted to you for your sacrifices for our Freedom.

16 posted on 12/31/2003 4:59:35 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: Dundee
Happy New Year Sydney Australia!
17 posted on 12/31/2003 5:00:48 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: Radix; 2LT Radix jr
Happy New Year Brother!
Thank You for today's thread and everything you do for the troops and the Canteen!
Please tell 1LT Radix jr I said Happy New Year!
18 posted on 12/31/2003 5:04:27 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Happy New Year!)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Good morning, Tonk. How's it going?
19 posted on 12/31/2003 5:09:16 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Kathy in Alaska; tomkow6; txradioguy; Long Cut; Aeronaut; bentfeather; ...
Good morning Canteeners!!

Thank you military men and Canteen guyz for the dazzling vaseful of irises! Perfect for the Canteen foyer, as a greeting to everyone as they enter today.

Howdy troops, veterans, and military family members!
THANK YOU for serving the USA!

Oooooh, I should learn to follow the advice I dole out to Kathy ...*giggle*...and get to bed at a reasonable hour! Methinks I'll head off to do just that right now. Everyone have a great morning and get those goodies ready to greet the New Year!

20 posted on 12/31/2003 5:17:55 AM PST by radu (May God watch over our troops and keep them safe)
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