A REAL Treasure Hunt (that YOU could win!)

So the puppets lost the gold in New York, and now it’s time for finders-keepers. The clues begin August 1st, so all you nor’easter pirates better get your hiking shoes and metal detectors. A thinking cap or two might also be good, because these puppets look tricksy. Watch the video for details.

Oh, and if you win, by having watched this video on Bilgemunky.com you’re now legally obligated to give me a 1/3 cut of the booty. Word up!

PotC 4 Pix

So the last couple of days, all sorts of images from the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, have found their way online. Perhaps most famous currently is this one of Angelica (Penelope Cruz) and Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in costume and strolling along the beach:

Call me a cynic, but this shot of Angelica really dissappoints me. Continue reading

Review: The Time Pirate

Rating: ★★★★½
As someone who reads a LOT of pirate books, I’m finding myself increasingly appreciative when an author contributes something truly unique to the genre. Standard pirate fare is well and good – I wouldn’t be doing this if it weren’t – but there’s always something special about being hit with the unexpected, or enjoying a pirate adventure far removed from the usual stomping grounds.

And no one does this better than Ted Bell, author of Nick of Time, and now its sequel The Time Pirate. Set in the early days of World War 2, Nick and his family reside on a strategically important island in the English Channel, which soon finds itself overrun by Nazi invaders. Nick, who was already established in the first novel to be a boy of admirable patriotism, daring, and creativity, does his best to defend his homeland, even going so far as to restore (and fly) his father’s WWI airplane and engaging in home-made bomb runs over a Nazi base-camp. Continue reading

Le Male = Epic Fail

Last week I addressed Old Spice Swagger deodorant and how it really doesn’t smell very piratey. Well, that’s nothing compared to Jean Paul Gaulter’s “Le Male” fragrance collection – the perfect way to tell the man in your life that you think he’s a gay sailor. I mean, seriously, what straight dude wants to see a bulging masculine torso sitting by his sink each morning? That’s a rhetorical question, so please don’t clutter the comments with jabs at your buddies.

The best part of it all is that the back of this flyer recommended the Le Male gift pack as a Father’s Day gift. Adoption and drunken indiscretions aside, I still think that, statistically speaking, the gentlemen who’d best appreciate “Le Male” aren’t fathers. Leather Daddies, maybe, but not fathers.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Teaser

So for those of us unlucky and unable to attend Comic-Con, below is the teaser that was just released in which Jack Sparrow talks up Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Fun, but don’t expect any real substance – it’s just a teaser, after all.

Oh, and for those of you lucky and ABLE to attend Comic-Con, I expect one of my dear fans to snag me a Guybrush Threepwood Voodoo Doll!!!

4,000 Pirates – Yikes!

So first, Brixam England had the world record for “Most Pirates Gathered” with 1,469 pirates – actually, someone else surely had it before them, but this is when the chatter started. Portland Oregon then swooped in and took the prize with 1,651 pirates. England then reclaimed the title with 1,722 pirates gathered in Devon, followed by USA once again with something in the neighborhood of 2,600 pirates at the NorCal Pirate Festival. Well, the official tally of NorCal isn’t even in yet, and already England has trumped everyone with a reported excess of 4,000 pirates gathered in Liverpool:

Liverpool Daily Post – News – Liverpool News – Mersey Pirate Muster brings 4000 pirates to Liverpool waterfront

I only have two questions, though. 1) What was San Fransisco based pirate-band There Be Pirates doing helping England trounce their own hometown’s recent record? One could almost accuse them of acting like, well, like pirates. OK, so no real news there. But 2) and FAR more important, with so many thousands of pirates in the US and UK alike, why aren’t more of them tuning into Bilgemunky Radio each week? Seriously, forget eyepatches and peglegs – if they’re not Bilgemunky fans, then they’re just posers.