The Woman Who was the Most Successful Pirate of All Time

*Apologies for the audio quality on this one, simultaneously our audio editor / producer was on vacation and a certain host was also a great distance away from his acoustically treated studio. 😉

In any event, in this episode of The Brain Food Show, we start by looking at what exactly grog is, where it came from, and the origin of the name.

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Moving on to the main content today we’re looking at the woman who was arguably the most successful pirate of all time, dominating both land and sea in the vast region she controlled, which all ultimately saw her have one of the most impressive exits to piracy in history as well.

We follow all this up with looking at the origins of a variety of sailor/pirate slang terms.

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  • Port and Starboard are used for some aircraft types. Most aircraft produced for the US Navy for instance use Port and Starboard including the P-3 Orion and P-8. this is despite the fact that neither aircraft are carrier based and are exclusively operated out of land based airfields.

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  • Hey! Where are you guys!? Can you do an episode on Joseph Whitworth I think he is really interesting!