A lot can be said about medieval pirates: they were cruel, outrageous, and brave to the point of recklessness. But if you think they were a bunch of uncivilized and nasty thieves, you couldn’t be more wrong. The fact is, they were a disciplined lot and followed a set of strict rules and regulations. And they were progressive: many things that were considered taboo until even the last century were openly followed by pirates, like democracy or gay marriage. Want to know more? Read on.
Bright Side happened to come across a few myths that we decided to uncover. We’ve also included some weird facts about pirates, which we’re sure you’ll find interesting.
14. Earrings worn by pirates served a strange purpose.
As strange as it may seem, pirates believed that wearing earrings helped protect their hearing. They had good reason to want to protect it since they were often firing huge cannons and found themselves near extremely loud noises.
The dangling wax from the earrings was used to plug their ears when shots were fired. Pirates were quite logical in their reasoning.