Yo ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum... This week features some of the deadliest and most notorious dread pirates ever to sail the high seas, to celebrate the launch of Pirate Paradise on Funeratic.



Bartholomew Roberts

publication date: Friday, January 6, 2012

category: Piracy

clue: The last great pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy was also its most accomplished, stopping only to honor the Sabbath.

explanation: Roberts captured more vessels than any other pirate in history, and was known for giving his crews a day of rest on Sunday. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Jack Rackham

publication date: Thursday, January 5, 2012

category: Piracy

clue: The pirate who popularized the Jolly Roger was liked by the men (and two famous women) in his crew.

explanation: Although many pirates flew variations of the Jolly Roger (skull and crossbone) flag, Rackham's design showing a skull over two crossed swords became the most famous and is the one most closely associated with the flag today. Famous female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were both members of his crew. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


William Kidd

publication date: Wednesday, January 4, 2012

category: Piracy

clue: Legends of this Scotsman's buried treasure survive to this day, and make him almost as famous as the other "Billy the Kid."

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Henry Morgan

publication date: Tuesday, January 3, 2012

category: Piracy

clue: The admiral of England's royal navy is more associated with rum than any other pirate, especially here.

explanation: Captain Morgan, a brand of rum, is advertised with the phrase "the captain was here." more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Blackbeard

publication date: Monday, January 2, 2012

category: Piracy

clue: History's most famous pirate terrorized the Caribbean with Queen Anne's Revenge and history's most famous beard.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Other Themes in Winter 2012

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These celebrities went on down to South Park and had themselves a time, being mercilessly spoofed by the foul-mouthed cartoon series. Can you recognize them in animated form? Go »

Mothers of Invention

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Crossover Celebrities

For some artists, it's about following their creative muse. For others, it's all about the money. These entertainers were strongly associated with one genre, but now only seem interested in another. Go »

Repúbluca Federativa do Brasil

By far the largest nation in South America, the cultural and economic powerhouse of Brazil has produced celebrities in every field. Can you name these five? Go »

Do Overs

Ask George Lucas: No matter how final it was the first time, anything can be made better if you get to take a second (or third, or fourth) crack at it. These five celebrities were incorrect guesses made for previous goos. Here's your chance to get them right this time. Go »

Mighty Heroes!

Superhero stories are the epic myths of our age, especially after their recent wave of renewed popularity in movies and television. These five actors played colorful heroes on-screen. Go »

Dastardly Villains!

The bad guys get to have all the fun! These five actors have played the villains to costumed superheroes on television and in movies. Their biggest crime is stealing the show. Go »

Super Bowl Shuffle

This weekend, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off at the Super Bowl for the second time in four years. This theme features some of the biggest names at the biggest game in sports. Go »

My Trophy has a First Name, It's O-S-C-A-R

These five goos are some of the intriguing real people behind this year's crop of Oscar-nominated films, coinciding with Funeratic's annual Predict the Oscars contest. Go »

Winter 2012 Tournament

It's the ultimate battle for supremacy! Or, it's just a silly online game. Take your pick. Players will face off in one-on-one competitions until all but one is eliminated, producing a season champion. Have fun! Go »