Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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The pirate code was an invention by pirate captains that served a purpose very similar to a constitution in a government. It was a code that applied to all crew members no matter what rank or status and was one of the few democratic methods of governing seen anywhere in the world at the time.  There was no universal code that applied to all pirates but a dozen or so elements were included in almost every variation found by historians. Which of the following elements was not commonly found in pirate constitution:

  • No gambling on the ship
  • Lights out at 8:00
  • Duels were only allowed on deck

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Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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Successful pirate attacks became so frequent and troublesome that governments were forced to take strong action. In the 18th century, heavily armed naval warships were sent to the pirates’ favourite hunting grounds with orders to destroy pirate vessels. Why were pirate attacks so often successful?

  • Pirates were expert sailors who were able to out-sail ordinary ships.
  • Pirate ships carried more crew and ammunition than ordinary ships.
  • Pirate ships were lighter since they rarely carried any cargo and could sail faster.

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Tuesday Treasure Trivia

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This week’s trivia focuses on the oceans that support the pirating practices of the plunderers in this year’s play.  Good luck!

The tongue of a blue whale weighs about as much as which land animal?

  • lion, elephant, water buffalo, moose

Which animal is the fastest fish in the ocean and can travel at speeds of almost 70 mph?

  • squid, sailfish, eel, marlin

An ocean loving octopus has more than 1 heart. How many does it have?

  • 2, 5, 3, 7

What is peculiar about the eyes of fish?

  • they shed tears, they grow larger each day, they do not close, they have eyelashes

Which ocean is the deepest?

  • Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian

A group of dolphins or porpoises is called a …. ?

  • Qwerty, Complex, Box, Pod

There are at least 340 types of sharks, but how many of these are actually dangerous to man?

  • 70, 100, 0, 20

Which ocean has the most islands in it?

  • Arctic, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian

 

The tongue of a blue whale weighs about as much as which land animal?

  • elephant: Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile.

Which animal is the fastest fish in the ocean and can travel at speeds of almost 70 mph?

  • sailfish: The fastest fish in the ocean, sailfish can reach speeds of 68 miles (110 kilometers) per hour. Their large size and spirited fight make them a favorite among trophy fishers.

An ocean loving octopus has more than 1 heart. How many does it have?

  • 3: An octopus has three hearts and its blood is light blue

What is peculiar about the eyes of fish?

  • they do not close: Humans have eyelids to prevent the cornea drying out, we blink to moisten them. Fish do not need eyelids as their eyes are constantly moist from exposure to water.

Which ocean is the deepest?

  • Pacific: The Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. It is located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands. The trench is about 2,550 kilometres long but has an average width of only 69 kilometres. It reaches a maximum-known depth of 10.994 km

A group of dolphins or porpoises is called a …. ?

  • Pod: A group of dolphins is called a “pod”. Male dolphins are called “bulls”, females “cows” and young dolphins are called “calves”

There are at least 375 types of sharks, but how many of these are actually dangerous to man?

  • 20: Over 375 shark species have been identified, but only about a 20 are considered particularly dangerous. Three species are responsible for most human attacks: great white (Carcharodon carcharias), tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier), and bull (Carcharhinus leucas) sharks.

Which ocean has the most islands in it?

  • Pacific: More islands are found in the Pacific than in all of the other oceans combined. Most of these 25,000 islands are huddled near the equator, between the 30°N and 30°S latitudes. Those found to the west including Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and New Zealand, which arise from continental plates.

(Almost) Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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It’s the 19th century. You’re a young man seeking adventure and a test of your manhood. You decide to sign up on a ship to see exotic foreign lands, so you take the trip to the coast. You find a big coastal town and you walk through the docks admiring the ships. Finally, you spot one that you like. You walk on deck and a tall man dressed in black coat confronts you. It’s the captain.

“What do you want lad?”

“I want to sign on board sir,” you say.

He looks you up and down, and says “Aye. But first I need to give you a test.”

You’re not worried. You were expecting this and, in fact, hoping for it. You want to show the captain what you can do. After all, you were always the strongest out of all your friends. You could climb up any rock or tree since you learned how to walk. And you also knew a bit about navigation from your grandfather. You were eager to show what a great addition to the crew you’d make.

The Captain asks how well you can…
a) sing.
b) write.
c) swim.

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Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play. Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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The so-called “Golden Age of Piracy” lasted from about 1700 to 1725. During this time, thousands of men turned to piracy as a way to make a living. It is known as the “Golden Age” because conditions were perfect for pirates to flourish, and many of the individuals we associate with piracy, such as Blackbeard, “Calico Jack” Rackham or “Black Bart” Roberts, were active during this time. Which of the following facts is true?

  • Pirates almost always buried treasure to keep it safe.
  • Some of the most famous pirates were actually women.
  • Pirating occurred only in the Caribbean.

 

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Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Instead of a history lesson this Tuesday, we’re going to test your knowledge of pirate lingo…arrr!.  We can’t wait to hear some of these expressions in the upcoming show! Good Luck!

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What is the meaning for each of the following expressions (don’t worry, we’re helping you out…one of the three choices after each word is the correct answer):

  • Avast: “There it is…”, “Stop”, “Overboard!”
  • All Sewn Up: All finished, New attire, Mended after battle
  • Bilge Rat: The lowest level of pirate, a common term of abuse, rats that lived in the bottom of the ships
  • The Captain Is Not at Home: the Captain has had too much grog, the ship has run out of money, the crew has killed the Captain
  • Davy Jones’ Locker: A place to store treasure, bottom of the sea, a famous pirate pub
  • Deep Six: to throw something out, a pirate game to pass time, the sleeping quarters of the ship
  • Figurehead: the leader of the pirate crew, an ornamental device, a parrot
  • Hornswaggle: to tell jokes, to cheat, to get sea sick
  • Lubber: an unskilled man, the pirate whose job it was to clean the ship, the pirate in charge of the money.
  • Run a Rig: to travel in shallow water, to to play a trick, to quickly change course
  • Sea Legs: one who is able to swim well, the ability to walk steadily on the deck of a ship, a pirate who is able to climb rigging.
  • Swashbuckler: a well dressed pirate, the deck hand, a swindler

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Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play.  Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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Pirates had strict rules aboard their vessels and anyone violating the rules was subject to barbaric pirate reprimand. They had many punishments aboard ship, but which of these is not believed to have been a real punishment used by pirates?

  • Cat o’nine tails
  • Marooning
  • Walking the Plank
  • Keelhauling

 

Check the answer here!

Tuesday Treasure Trivia

Each Tuesday we’ll be testing your pirate knowledge in celebration of this year’s play.  Here’s the next installment…good luck!

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Which Caribbean port city was largely destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake in June of 1692, leaving a hefty contingent of pirates to find another refuge and base of operations?

  • Havana, Cuba
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Port Royal, Jamaica
  • Santiago, Cuba

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