Brooks Brown, the co-author of No Easy Answers: The Truth Behind Death At Columbine, lives in San Francisco with his wife and 3 dogs. He has spent many years trying to prove that pirates are way cooler than ninjas.
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Picture him: a swashbuckler standing on the bow of a boat with an eye patch, a wooden leg and a parrot on his shoulder. ARG! The Pirate!
Sadly, these figures of history have been relegated to caricatures of themselves, portrayed on the big screen as treasure-hunters with an effeminate streak. But — make no mistake — they existed in the past and they inhabit the modern world, too. It just turns out we have no idea exactly what is under that fabled eyepatch.