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PopQuizzical Daily! for September 20, 2012
What’s the term for a pirate ship firing all of its cannons on one side?
Yesterday's PopQuizzical Daily! answer: Charles Town (modern day Charleston, South Carolina)Big brass ones. That’s what Blackbeard had when he performed a successful blockade of Charleston, SC in May 1718. Charleston had no guard ship, so Blackbeard definitely picked the right city to hold hostage. Let me ‘splain: blockade=no river travel, no river travel = no money and supplies coming into the city, no money and supplies coming into the city = OMG we’re all going to die. Sure, that’s the short version. Just imagine that developing over a week and see how you feel about it. ‘OMG’ is very subdued, in retrospect. —
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