You'll Have To Think Like A Pirate To Solve This Week's Puzzle

Pirates, of course, are notoriously greedy – but they're also incredibly shrewd. And don't forget, they'll kill you, if given the chance. » 2/01/15 6:50pm 2/01/15 6:50pm

Terrifying Medical Instruments Found on Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

The jolly good life of a pirate was not a jolly healthy one, what with the syphilis and scurvy and ship-raiding. Archeologists excavating Blackbeard's flagship off the coast of North Carolina have unveiled their latest findings: a cache of medical instruments that include this rather horrifying urethral syringe. » 1/27/15 8:30pm 1/27/15 8:30pm

Avast! Here be the 2015 Lego Pirates sets

My nostalgia for the Pirate theme is pretty strong. It was one of the first themes where I managed to collect the majority of all the first run items. I'm super glad to see its return, though it is going to make for an expensive year for me. Here are some great images of the sets that are going to be released in 2015. » 10/08/14 10:36am 10/08/14 10:36am

121 new Lego models revealed in confidential catalog leak

Sealand: The Island Nation Founded by a Guy Calling "Dibs"

If you haven't heard of Sealand before, it is the site of one of Britain's Maunsell Naval Sea Forts that were utilized during WWII. This particular one was originally named HM Fort Roughs. The fort's primary function was to keep tabs on the Germans who were laying mines off the coast of England at the time. The… » 2/06/14 3:20pm 2/06/14 3:20pm

The Future of the Marines Begins with Fighting Pirates

With sequestration and whatnot, the Navy's suffering for resources. So they're getting creative. Creative like launching drones off aircraft carriers? Well, yes, actually—but it gets more exciting than that. The Marines might soon start fighting pirates. » 11/05/13 6:20pm 11/05/13 6:20pm

Five Ancient Cannons Were Just Rescued From Blackbeard's Sunken Ship

Looking like something straight off of Davy Jones' ship in the Pirates of the Caribbean, five cannons saw air for the very first time in almost 300 years yesterday as they were lifted from what's believed to be legendary pirate Blackbeard's sunken ship. » 10/29/13 12:08pm 10/29/13 12:08pm

These Are the Ten TV Shows That Pirates Like the Most

With the spring TV season drawing to a close (MAD MEN SEASON FINALE TOMORROW YOU GUYS!!), TorrentFreak has done the wonderful service of rounding up a top 10 list of the most torrented shows out there this time around. Can you guess number one? (You can definitely guess number one.) » 6/22/13 6:01pm 6/22/13 6:01pm

What Worldwide Movie Piracy Looks Like in Real Time [Slightly NSFW]

There's an ludicrous amount of video being pirated around the world, all the time—even as you read this very post. It travels from peer to peer, bit by bit, in little garbled jumps. This installation, called "Pirate Cinema," shows exactly what's being pirated, and where. All in real time. » 6/07/13 2:10pm 6/07/13 2:10pm

People Still Pirated Arrested Development Because People Pirate

Even though it's incredibly easy to watch the new revived season of Arrested Development—seriously, all you need is a Netflix account—-a lot of people still pirated episodes of Arrested Development. In fact, public BitTorrent trackers put it at 175,000 pirated downloads to be exact. » 5/29/13 10:30pm 5/29/13 10:30pm

Scientists Confirm That Blocking Pirate Sites Does Absolutely Nothing

A team of scientists have finally bothered to do a study, crunch the numbers, and come to the same conclusion as everyone else - blocking pirate sites does nothing to stop piracy. » 1/08/13 12:40pm 1/08/13 12:40pm

Oh Great, Augmented Reality Eyepatches Will Probably Lead To Super…

The excitement for Google's Project Glass has been lukewarm at best, but apparently there are at least a few technophiles out there excited for the technology. Like Gregory McRoberts, who apparently couldn't wait for Google to finish its augmented reality-enhanced specs, so he designed his own that's worn like an… » 12/19/12 2:20pm 12/19/12 2:20pm

This 92-Year-Old DVD Pirate Is a Total Badass

Strictly speaking, bootlegging movies isn't right. Hyman Strachman knows this, and he does it anyway. According to the New York Times profile of the notorious pirate, he's shipped 300,000 ripped-off movies overseas to the troops—for free. » 4/27/12 6:20pm 4/27/12 6:20pm

High-Power Hose Security System Will Soak Pirates into Submission

In a continued effort to prevent ocean-bound ships from being attacked and overtaken by pirates, a pair of Japanese companies have developed what they're calling the Anti-Piracy Curtain. Which uses high-powered water jets and flailing hoses to intimidate would-be attackers. » 4/25/12 10:20am 4/25/12 10:20am

The Navy's LIDAR-Equipped UAV Helo Hunts Pirates, Not Speeders

When it's not busting cocaine smugglers or helping overthrow dictators, the Navy's MQ-8B Fire Scout UAV will soon hunt for pirates. With lasers. » 4/07/12 3:00am 4/07/12 3:00am

When Fighting Pirates, It's Best to Store Your Guns in Floating Armories

So how do private security firms manage their armed menageries without getting hamstrung by weapons import restrictions and international law? They keep their weapons aboard armored barges in the open ocean of course. » 3/23/12 2:00am 3/23/12 2:00am

Everything You Need to Transform Yourself Into a Pirate

YAAAAAAAR, IT BE TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY, YE OLDE, FESTERING WENCH! AS SUCH, I WILL SHOUT ALL ME RANTINGS AND YOU'LL LIKE IT. IF THOU EVER HOPES TO GET SOME SEA LEGS, YOU'D BEST HEED THIS LIST. » 9/19/11 5:30pm 9/19/11 5:30pm

Archaeologists Believe They've Found Captain Morgan's Shipwreck

Yes, THAT Captain Morgan. He was real, and he was a real, ruthless pirate. Archaeologists now believe that they've discovered his 340-year-old ship sunk off the coast of Panama. The liquor company even went along for the ride. » 8/06/11 7:20pm 8/06/11 7:20pm

Ahoy! Is This Not the Most Magical Pirate Bedroom You've Ever Seen?

I dare you to find a cooler father than Steve Kuhl, who built this pirate ship bedroom for his six year old son. If this doesn't add value to their Minnesota house, nothing will. Not even a gold-plated Jacuzzi. » 3/07/11 2:20pm 3/07/11 2:20pm

Lots of Booty Found on Blackbeard's Pirate Ship

The odd mess in this photo is a copper-alloy sword guard discovered in a shipwreck which is believed to be Queen Anne's Revenge. Yes, that was the name of Pirate Blackbeard's ship—and yes, this could be his sword. » 1/14/11 11:47pm 1/14/11 11:47pm