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July 16, 2003

Pirates lacked air-conditioning

The life of a 17th and 18th-century buccaneer was, shockingly, not the happy-go-lucky one represented by theme-park rides or children's films. National Geographic sets the record straight:

The life of a pirate was never as glorious and exciting as depicted in the movies, said David Moore, curator of nautical archaeology at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. "Life at sea was hard and dangerous, and interspersed with life-threatening storms or battles. There was no air conditioning, ice for cocktails, or clean sheets aboard the typical pirate ship."

The Flea is no fan of rum or the lash and so had not seriously considered romanticizing the buccaneer lifestyle. Air-conditioning, by contrast, was the single best investment ever made at Flea Gardens. A London-based Samizdatista agrees, going so far as to suggest air-conditioning is a more important invention than the "internet". I could not agree more.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 16, 2003 12:40 PM