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Blackbeard The Pirate (The history and myths behind the legend)

Edward Teach , better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate in the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century, a period of time referred to as the Golden Age of Piracy. His best known vessel was the Queen Anne's Revenge, which is known to have run aground near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1718. The General History claims that he had as many as fourteen wives, most of them common-law, but documentation is lacking. His last wife was Mary Ormond (or Ormand) of Bath, North Carolina, to whom he was married for only a short while. A painting of him hangs in Van Der Veer House (ce. 1790), in Bath. Blackbeard often fought, or simply showed himself, wearing...

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Cannon Loosed from Wreckage of Blackbeard’s Pirate Ship

On Wednesday, divers hauled an 8-foot-long, 2,000-pound cannon from the site where Queen Anne’s Revenge sank nearly 300 years ago. It would be the 13th cannon to emerge from the wreck of Blackbeard’s pirate flagship. For unrelated reasons, its name just happened to be C13. Bad weather had been plaguing the recovery team since they started their expedition earlier this month. And Halloween was only days away. These ominous signs notwithstanding, researchers encountered few obstacles when they hauled an 8-foot-long, 2,000-pound gun out of North Carolina’s Beaufort Inlet this morning. “It went perfect and we had a lot of good, happy people,” said an ebullient Mark Wilde-Ramsing, director of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Project, shortly after the divers surfaced with...

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Beard Grooming Tips

So what’s one of the biggest grooming mistake men make when they decide to try out a beard? Trimming or shaving too early. It’s easy to make mistakes and give up on the entire beard. It’s best to let it grow out for about one or two months before touching it. If you must trim, then only trim up what is out of place. What are the best tools to properly care for your beard? Scissors are a better choice over beard trimmers, as you have more control. I’d look for a hand-cut acetate comb versus an extruded molded comb. These combs won’t have the micro fissures that cause snags and damage your beard. Same goes with a plastic bristle...

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