I’m always interested in how random things can often be repeated within a 24 hour period. For example, this afternoon I spent WAY too much time perusing the FOUND website. (For those of you not familiar with FOUND, it’s a website where people send in random notes, pictures, scraps of paper they find lying around.) In one found photo, there was a scull and crossbones visible in the background. Someone had made a comment about the photo, and mentioned Jolly Roger. I had no idea who Jolly Roger was, and continued reading the comments until I found that Jolly Roger is actually a name for the pirate flag. “Hmm, that’s interesting.” I thought to myself.
I tore myself away from reading on-line snippets of discarded trash, and went to watch Jeopardy. Lo and Behold, if “What is Jolly Roger” wasn’t a correct response! Sadly, my excitement at the juxtaposition of these two separate pirate flag events chased away the answer. I was left muttering at the TV “What is …. uhhhh …. Happy Bob? … Smiling Dan? … ” Luckily, the actual contestant did know the answer.
In addition, and because I’m a dork, I found some interesting sites dealing with the etymology of the term Jolly Roger, the history of pirate flags in general, and the men (and women) who sailed under them.
Ar-r-r-r and avast!