In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, 19 September 2014, we present our second #talklikeapirateday #wtworldcat list, Avast! Top 10 Real-life Pirates.
This list features real, live (dead), actual scurvy dogs who truly sailed (some portion of) the seven seas. While there are many fictionalized accounts of their dirty deeds, there is no doubt that these were real, historic people. This list ranks them in order based on how many libraries own materials about them. Clicking on a pirate's name will take you to library materials you can use to learn more about these bilge rats.
Why are we publishing so many pirate lists? Because as we prepared to do just one list for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we realized that pirates actually lead to a rich trove of library booty. They're not just a favorite fictional topic, they have real historic and cultural significance. And so, since we couldn't pick just one thing about pirates to turn into a list, we choose to fire a full broadside of five lists! Arrrr! Avast, etc.! A list of lists! A week's worth of pirate lists to lead you on a quest for library gold! Visit our Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day feature every day this week for a new pirate list.
At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Be sure to check out our "What in the WorldCat?" page often to see what we come up with next.