At NileGuide we love pirates. Maybe not as much as this dude, but we still think they’re pretty freaking cool. They crave adventure, freedom, travel, and the lure of the open sea — essentially they’re just like us. Long before any sophomores quit college to hitchhike across Europe or stuffed their packs for studying abroad, pirates were on the cutting edge of around-the-world travel.
And another thing, we don’t really like ninjas. It’s not that we hate them, they’re just not our faves. They’re sneaky, cagey, and make us feel nervous and uncomfortable; in essence the antithesis of pirates. We just can’t understand how they could have amassed such a meme cult following, and so here is a list to prove ONCE AND FOR ALL, that:
Here’s the thing about pirates and their clothes, those dudes LOVE to LAYER. And what’s more hip and fashionable than layers? Can’t think of anything? Huh, weird because the answer is NOTHING. Along with the fact that over-the-knee boots are IN this season, pirates have some of the coolest outfits of any of the warrior-seafarers we can think of. They somehow manage to straddle the line between unwashed-hobo-chic and disheveled-scallywag-cool. Plus, their exotic travels mean they can sprinkle ethnic flair in with their everyday work wear. Seriously, these dudes are so hot right now.
What do ninjas wear? Black. Head to toe. What did you say? Black slippers too? Yawn. I think I just fell asleep. Wake me up when dark monotone is interesting again.
Pirate accessories are beyond bad-ass. Here’s a list of all the neat things pirates are fully allowed to own and wear WHILE STILL LOOKING UNBELIEVABLY MANLY: 1. scraggly, patchy facial goatees, 2. alluring eye-patches, 3. beads in their dreadlocks, 4. red and/or black scarfs, 5. eyeliner, 6. hoop ears, 7. low, hip-slung musket belts, 8. feathers in their caps, 9. capes (preferably billowing), 10. a wooden stick instead of a leg. In addition, they get parrots on their shoulders, which are friendly companions and their wings provide for a yummy afternoon snack (these dudes are uber resourceful).
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We could go on but we don’t want the ninjas to get really jealous and then start to cry on their ONLY semi-cool accessory; a throwing star, which would, in turn, get rusty from their ninja tears. Throwing stars are actually pretty savage, and that would be a real waste.
As abrasive as pirates can be to, say, a treasure laden Spanish galleon, they are a pretty loving bunch when it comes to their fellow pirates and the occasional pirate wench. The truth is that these guys had boats not much bigger than your office [Ed. note: Start ups at sea?]. They had to man ships, strategize hostile marine take-overs, and live relatively harmoniously with each other for months on end, without land or other people for hundreds of miles. If pirates can survive that, and then still want to do it again, they’re probably pretty friendly fellows who would be fun to be around. (or their lust for gold and blood thirsty nature make them so feared and loathed that no other pirates would dare disobey them. Either way. Still cool.)
Ninjas have no friends. Cat’s try to be their friends, but ninjas just aren’t the sociable types.
If there’s any question in your mind about how much of a bad-ass factor pirate names have, please watch the following clip from the ultimate pirate film, Muppet Treasure Island.
Ninjas don’t have names, but more importantly, they don’t have a Muppet movie made in their honor. We probably should have started with that fact since it pretty much proves our argument. CASE AND POINT.
The Fairer Sex
Pirate wenches are a rare breed. Although many a Halloween superstore would have you think this is what a female pirate should look like, we all know they’re really selling pirate wenches short. They really should look more like this, this, or this. These busty babes like the grog, the salt air, and the occasional man of the sea. They’re tough cookies who melt pirate-y hearts with their sexy independence and brute strength.
Do ninjas even have over-sexed women? Do ninjas even have sex, what with the importance of concentration and quietness? We guess it’s a possibility that some ninjas are women, but given their lackluster, androgynous outfits no one can tell anyway.
Pirate Jokes/Yarrrr Speak
Although not easy to make fun of, pirates are easy to joke about. For example:
As far as we know, ninjas try their best to be as silent as possible and not make any sound. And how much fun can that be? This is an example of a ninja joke.
Yeah. We didn’t laugh either. Ninjas don’t have a sense of humor. Except for Raphael and his band of Turtle friends. Those guys were awesome!
We’re giving away a trip to Arrrruba
And there you have it! Got another good reason why pirates rule and ninjas drool? Think we’re ninjaist jerkfaces?? Let us know!
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