Just called my congressman and both senators.

They now understand my position on SOPA and PIPA.

Gotta take some sort of action, right? Call those turkeys.

Willie Drye in Plymouth, North Carolina

for National Geographic News

Published August 29, 2011

After 15 years of uncertainty, a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina has been confirmed as that of the infamous 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, state officials say.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge grounded on a sandbar near Beaufort (see map) in 1718, nine years after the town had been established. Blackbeard and his crew abandoned the ship and survived.

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Queen Anne’s Revenge coming face to face with her fate at Ocracoke Inlet in 1718. 

Aarrrr… they be plunderin’ Captain Morgan’s treasures.

They, of course, being a team of U.S. archaeologists; plundering, as in conducting an underwater search; and Captain Morgan’s treasures being the lost fleet of a 17th century Welshman, Captain Henry Morgan.

Yes, the very Captain Morgan who makes appearances at countless happy hours in the form of a spiced rum bearing his name — which, conveniently, funded the ocean expedition.