Horizons: Prosthetics

July 2nd, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Here’s a weird question for ya scurvy dogs: Have you ever thought about loosing a limb?

Sinister, maybe… dark, a bit… but if it does happen one day, what are you going to do about it? Sure, it is unfortunate but, with all due respect towards those who already deal with this situation, there’s no reason why you can’t make something cool out of it!

Would you like a hook? Or a pegleg? Did you know they (still) come in various shapes and sizes?

First things first, wikipedia is on a roll:

A pegleg is a prosthesis, more specifically an artificial limb of carved wood fitted to the remaining stump of a human leg, as often seen in pirate movies. Wooden peg legs have been replaced by more modern materials, though some sports prostheses do have the same form.

Peg Leg Sam (Arthur Jackson) (1911–1977) American blues musician was one of the few famous land lubbers that had such a thing! Even to this day you can see brave people wearing a pegleg (in various designs) or a real hook!

Here are some “reviews” by people who know about these solutions or who live with them:

I know a person with a prosthetic hook, which is operated by a cable connected to a brace around her shoulders to operate the mechanism. She helped my wife and I pack, and, by God, she had no trouble wrapping things in paper, closing boxes, using the tape dispenser to seal things closed, etc.

Granted, she does have on functional human hand on the other arm, but most of what she did required the use of both and it didn’t slow her down in the least. Practice and skill in using a single, multi-function hook is a greater boon than having a bunch of attachments each of which requires its own skill to operate. In fact, from what I understand, the “fake hand” prosthetics are either non-functioning, or masks a hook underneath — prosthetic hooks are quite common. – Azrael Brown
I do recall hearing about a one-armed chef who had a custom-made set of knives that attached to his prosthesis. – Faint of Butt

Ever heard of a prosthetic fishing rod? Find out more here.

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Horizons: Queen Anne’s Revenge

May 28th, 2011 by | No comments

Does that name ring a bell? That could be because the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), plays a part in the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. Now archaeologists have recovered the ship’s anchor from the bottom of the sea, and it’s huge. That’s no surprise really, since the ship itself, boasting 40 guns, was uncommonly powerful, and contributed greatly to Blackbeard’s success. She was originally a French ship used to trade slaves, until Blackbeard captured it in 1717. He then turned the ship into a killing machine by increasing the number of guns from just 14 to 40. In 1718, the ship ran ashore in North Carolina, which was possibly a deliberate act in order to cut down on his pirate crew. The ship whose anchor has now been recovered, is believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a replica of which you can now see on the silver screen.

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Sea For Two – Episode 2

March 18th, 2011 by | 7 comments

I would like to “thank” everybody who chose the toilet-answer… yup… you guys reaaally thought that one through. I will send you my doctor’s bill soon. In the meantime, enjoy episode 2!

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Sea For Two – Episode 1

March 3rd, 2011 by | 3 comments

What should the Englishman say next?

  • You remind me of a very young King George! (14%, 10 Votes)
  • You do know piracy is illegal, don't you? (40%, 29 Votes)
  • Where's the toilet on this thing? (46%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 72

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