- A pirate does not ask for directions. He relies only on his gut feeling, a compass, or a treasure map.
- Parrots are the preferred pirate companion. Monkeys are
an acceptable substitute, unless they fling their feces at people. Then
they are an awesome substitute.
- When fishing, a pirate uses either a sword, a knife, or
his bare hands. Use of a hook is only acceptable in the event the
pirate is missing a hand.
- Pirates shall always wear boots, except in the case of a peg leg. Then one boot is acceptable. Flip-flops are right out.
- Pirates do not cry, except in the case of the loss of a shipload of rum.
- When describing the size of a treasure, a pirate is
required to exaggerate by at least 130%. Flowers are not treasure under
any circumstances, unless said flowers are made out of gold.
- A pirate shall never wear lipstick, nail polish, or capri pants. Actually, that kinda goes without saying.
- No pirate shall discuss his feelings, unless his feelings include gutting a man from stem to stern and spilling his entrails.
- A pirate should always remove his hat in the presence of a bartender.
- During a swordfight, swordfighting insults are
required. In the event both participants are still alive at the end of
the fight, the participant with the superior insults shall be declared
- No pirate shall ever wear a "fanny pack".
- All foods prepared by a pirate must include rum, grog, or beer. Boone's and other "Wench Punch" is prohibited.
- A pirate may never compliment another pirate on the softness of his hands.
- No pirate shall wear a bracelet or a necklace, unless
it is the tooth or tusk of an animal he killed. If in the presence of
cannibals, a necklace is acceptable camouflage, but only if said
necklace is made of human toes.
- Pirate Law: Dousing oneself in beer is a perfectly acceptable replacement for a shower.
- No pirate shall drink Grog out of a glass. Grog is only
to be consumed either straight from the barrel, or from a mug heavy
enough to to kill a man.
- Three-cornered hats, headbands and bandanas are the
only acceptable headwear for pirates. Fedoras, bowler derbies, baseball
caps, mickey ears, top hats, sombreros, or anything with lace and
flowers will be removed from the vessel-- head included. A grace period
of one minute is allowed for hats looted from a tailory.
- A pirate shall never wrap presents. The only thing a pirate gives is a bludgerin'.
- Pirate Law: A pirate does not use the word "Fabulous". Ever.
- No pirate shall attend a movie with less than an Arrrr rating.
- Only a pirate is capable of killing another pirate. If
you are not a pirate (let's say a ninja) and wish to challenge a
pirate, they have a word for that. Corpse.
- Pirate Law: "ARRRRRRRRRRR..." is a perfectly acceptable answer to any question.
- A pirate does not "go shopping". Unless by "shopping", you mean "killing".
- Peglegs must be made of timber or some other suitable
wood. Plastic, ceramic, porcelain, or metal peglegs are utterly
unnacceptable, simply because it complicates the use of the phrase
"shiver me timbers".
- Real pirates have chest hair. If you cannot grow chest hair, you may be a cabin boy.
- Under no circumstances is a comb-over an acceptable pirate hairdo.
- No pirate may ever change his shirt because it is
"wrinkled". A pirate may only change his shirt if it is completely
soaked in blood.
- When drinking, Pirates may sing. "Fifteen Men on a Dead Man's Chest" is preferred. Kelly Clarkson songs are not allowed.
- No pirate shall ever drive a minivan, unless he drives
the minivan into a tavern, for the purposes of looting barrels of rum
from said tavern. Upon completion of this task, the minivan is to be
burned. No exceptions.
- No matter how hard it is raining, two pirates may never share an umbrella. Pirates do not fear rain.
- If circumstances demand a career change, a move into
real estate brokerage or tax collection shall be considered a lateral
move and said individual may keep their pirate status.
- A pirate does not snuggle with an animal, unless he is trying to snap its neck. But I guess that wouldn't really be "snuggling".
- A pirate may never wear another man's clothing, unless he first kills that man.
- Two pirates must never share a bed or a hammock. It is
perfectly acceptable for one pirate to sleep on the floor, or on a pile
- Pirates do not wear eyeglasses or bifocals unless they
are looking at a treasure map, and even then they are allowed only a
monacle. Any comments about "Mr. Peanut" while wearing the monacle are
- When setting out on a voyage, a pirate does not pack a
suitcase. He is only to bring what he can carry under his arms, or what
his wench can carry on her back.
- Pirates do not go shopping. They go lootin' and plunderin'. -->
- A pirate does not mow the lawn. Lawns are for landlubbers.
- Lifting or removing one's eyepatch is extremely
impolite but is not considered an insult. It's just kinda gross.
Likewise, one should never remove another pirate's eyepatch, except
with a sword to the face.
- Pirates never use the words "fresh" or "feelings," and certainly not together (as in "I have that not-so-fresh feeling").
- A pirate must never visit a tanning salon. If he is not
already tan enough from searching for treasure, he hasn't been
searching hard enough.
- While creativity is encouraged during any barfight or
battle at sea, pirates may only use the following types of sword;
falchions, scimitars, rapiers, and particularly long knives. Katanas or
any other Ninja sword are strictly forbidden, unless the Pirate rips
off a Ninja's arm and hurls the arm, and attached Katana, as a
- No pirate shall ever sit on a toilet seat, for any reason.
- Kidnapping is an acceptable substitute for killing, but only if it is for the purpose of plank walking at a later time.
- When swimming, pirates do not dive. They cannonball.
- Cannoneers aboard a pirate vessel are not allowed to
use hearing protection of any sort. No matter what the OSHA regulations
say, if ye can't stand bleedin' from the ears, you have no business
being a Pirate.
- A pirate will never wear a patch that is any other
color than black; unless it's halloween. then they can wear a patch
with an eyeball painted on the outside. Polka dots are not permitted
under any circumstances.
- Female pirates are allowed some exception to rules
concerning hygiene and garmentry, but must make up for it by using
twice as much profanity.
- Hooks are the only acceptable hand substitute. However,
they may not have secondary attachments such as screwdrivers, bottle
openers, corkscrews, or nail files. These are Pirates we're talking
about, not Inspector Gadget.
- A pirate's diet consists mainly of meat. If at sea, and meat is not available, shoe leather is an acceptable replacement.
- Pirate Law: You can't spell pirate, without "irate". There's a reason for that, so don't even try.
- No pirate will ever, ever raise his pinky when drinking any sort of beverage.
- Pirate Law: When choosing clothing, even if it looks dirty, or smells dirty, it is clean.
- A pirate may ride in a rowboat, if traveling to or from
his ship. Use of a Kayak is only permitted if used for cannon target
- When drinking rum, the only thing a pirate adds to the rum is more rum.
- The official Pirate religion is Pastafarianism.
- No pirate shall ever play wiffle ball.
- Under no circumstances does a pirate speak with a
Ninja, unless he first decapitates that Ninja and uses his head like a
- When at the office, answering the telephone with
"Arrrrrrr" is perfectly acceptable for pirates. Other acceptable
choices are "Avast!", and "Ahoy Matey!"
- A Pirate does not read poetry, unless said poetry is scrawled on the wall of a bathroom.
- All women are to be referred to as wenches, with the exception of female Pirates, who can be referred to as "lass".
- Pirates do not clean up, except when gold falls out of a treasure chest.
- Spilling rum is not acceptable, except in the act of "pouring some out for dead mateys".
- A pirate may tell any tale of swashbuckling without being called on the details, as long as at least 51% of the story is true.
- A pirate may never shave below the neck. Shaving above
the neck is allowed, but only if the pirate shaves his entire head. In
the presence of cannibals, a mohawk is acceptable.
- No pirate may do the arm movements for "YMCA", or engage in country-western line-dancing.
- Pirates do not say "please" or "thank you". The phrase
"Arrr, I'll probably kill you tomorrow" is an acceptable alternative
for "Thank you".
- Should the ship's bow have a carving of a naked wench,
mermaid, or something of the like, crew members should not touch it.
Feeling up a wooden statue is unbecoming of a pirate.
- Pirates do not "IM". The only instant message allowed is a sword through the chest.
- Dental Hygiene for Pirates is not a priority. Should
there be occasion, however, strong rum or salt water can be used as
mouthwash. Anything "minty fresh" is strictly forbidden.
- Pirates never, ever obey laws. Period. Ironic, I realize.
And finally, How do you know if you are a pirate? You just "Arrrrrrrr"...
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