Adventures & Musings: Trivia, Facts and Stuff
Charlie, Ivan, Frances, Jeanne. X marks the spot where Forbidden Planet sits while we are north replenishing the cruising kitty. X takes a direct hit from Hurricane Charlie. Charlie is a Category 4 hurricane. Argh. Forbidden Planet survived Hurricane Charlie….
The Jolly Roger
Think pirate and you think of the Jolly Roger, or as its more commonly known, the skull and crossbones. While the Jolly Roger on the left is the flag we currently know, historically pirates flew many different patterns. The name…
Your Pirate Name!
Just call me Iron Charity Flint…. Argh maties, if you want to play pirate you’ll be needing a good pirate name. Here’s a website where you can find your secret pirate name. What’s My Pirate Name?
From Wikipedia: In 2000, the year with the most recorded shark attacks, there were 79 shark attacks reported worldwide, 11 of them fatal. In 2005 and 2006 this number decreased to 61 and 62 respectively, while the number of fatalities…
Bring Me My Red Shirt!
Long ago, when sailing ships ruled the waves, a captain and his crew were in danger of being boarded by a pirate ship. As the crew became frantic, the captain bellowed to his First Mate, “Bring me my red shirt!”…
Imagine this. You’re going to drink the equivalent of 8 double shots of rum (over the course of a day) and then climb up this mast with no safety harness while the ship is frollicking along in the waves. Think…
After a long day of sweating over an engine, there’s nothing like a sunset cruise. So one day, we grab a cocktail and start rowing around the canals of the swamp (oh right, the housing development) to enjoy the sunset….
Sailing In Spanish
Watch out for the botalón (boat-ah-LONE)!!! Botalón or boom is a noun, they’re here. Verbs are here. The four letter words that sailors have been known to use, you know, like when the botalón just hit you on the head…
The good news about ciguatera is that you are not likely to die (less than 1% mortality rate). The bad news is that during the run of it, you’ll wish you were dead. Ciguatoxin originates from toxic algae in coral…
Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) and in the Pacific east of the International Date Line. Typhoons are tropical cyclones over the northern Pacific west of the date line. Tropical cyclones…