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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Plane of Knowledge: All things Piratical
PIRATES! 1) What is the difference between a pirate and a privateer? 2) What language does the word buccaneer come from and what does it mean? 3) What was Blackbeard's given name? 4) What group of pirates was the target of the US' first overseas military action and where were they based? 5) The Island of Tortuga from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies is a real place. What modern country is it part of? 6) What became of the famous pirate town Port Royal?
Bonus: In Gilbert & Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, what is Frederick the 'slave of'? What is the paradox that thus enslaves him?
Answers to the Plane of Knowledge you've been dreading: - Gymnophobia is actually fear of nudity. Gives you a whole new perspective on gymnastics and gymnasiums, doesn't it?
- Acrophobia is, as everyone surmised, fear of heights.
- Triskaidekaphobia is not, sadly, fear of dancing triscuits, but fear of the number 13.
- Apiphobia: Maren, I was impressed by fear of application program interfaces, that's certainly what the programmers around here first thought. But Quinn had it right, fear of bees (apiculture, apiary)
- Ophidiophobia is, as Brian correctly surmised, fear of snakes.
- Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia: Quinn had it right; fear of the number 666.
- Epistemophobia, Quinn again with Fear of Knowledge.
Bonus: Nyctohylohippophobia. Maren was actually closest, with "Fear of meeting up with wooden hippos at night??" - it would actually be fear of meeting horses in a forest at night. But you weren't around for the earlier hippo=horse PoK, so we'll forgive you.