FIRST THERE WERE the Knights Templar, whose message of “surrender or die” made them one of the best-known — and feared — groups in the medieval world. Then the pirates pirated their crossbones logo and hoisted the Jolly Roger, riding on the coattails of the Templars' reputation to shiver the timbers of many a sea captain. Nowadays, Jimmy Buffet sings “The cannons don't thunder, there's nothing to plunder” anymore in his song “A Pirate Looks at 40.” Sorry, Jimmy. You're wrong. Today's ...

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