Pharyngula

Pirates and academics

Some people find the connection evades their understanding, but Ian has found it.

Comments

  1. #1 bdaggerlee
    October 19, 2006

    Ynd dow naught forgete alsow ye sodome, anowther connekshun. Ynd I speke as ye sodomite.

    Captain B. Dagger Lee

  2. #2 Jim Harrison
    October 19, 2006

    Pirates and academics are also akin because they speak an argot incomprehensible to outsiders. The explanation for the similarity in their use of language is that both scientists and pirates are polyglot comglomeration thrown together in cramped quarters, a paper in SCIENCE or the Jolly Rogers as the case may be. If your crew consists of Swedes, Dutch, Portuguese, French, Indians, Arabs, Caribs, and Lascars or, in the alternative, Hungarian matematicians, German-Jewish physicists, and Taiwanese statisticians, it’s no wonder that you have to resort to hand waving and obsenitites to keep your desperate crews in line. People just won’t admit how much Henry Morgan there was in J. Robert Oppenheimer.

  3. #3 postblogger
    October 19, 2006

    And, of course, without academics, Global Average Temperature will increase.

    Speaking of that thermoregulatory effect, why are pirates so cool?

    Because they arrrrr…