During the 19th century, thousands of men took to the seas to hunt for whales. The indigenous peoples of the Arctic practiced whaling for several millennia before that. Technological change and changes in mores have reduced the whaling industry to a heavily regulated shadow of what it used to be. But it hasn’t disappeared altogether. Even now, at the dawn of the 21st century, ships prowl the seas in search of a spout or a gigantic fin. A few months ago, Outside magazine published an account of a whale hunt aboard the Norwegian ship Sofie.
A fair salty lesson in polishing up yer buccaneer's tongue. (via digg.) Two days hence is international Talk Like a Pirate Day. Plug in your pirate keyboard, cut out yer favorite pirate maskie and prepare for a day full of wenches, grog and keelhaulin. Harrr. Previously 1, 2