A little vacation afterthought...
While in Key West, former pirate stomping grounds with acual sunken treasure waters, we went to the Pirate Soul's pirate museum on a lark, which has actual pirate artifacts at hand and a fairly decent, if small, museum: a pirate chest, sword/buckler, matchlock pistol, dinner plate, etc. There's also a very nicely done digital book of pirate history you can peruse. It also holds one of only two actually-proven-provenance pirate flags known to the world. It's actually a fairly plain looking skull and bones (which I can't show here unfortunately). It's nothing like the made up stylized pirate flags we found over in the gift shop and you can see all over the place including this one on the back of a Jeep.
This rings back to the most recent Pirates of the Carribean movie where at one point a whole fleet of pirate vessels at sea with their own pirate flags. It looked like they all shopped at that Pirate Museum gift store. Obviously the movie is fiction, with more attitude added to pirate life than reality, but sometimes you see just how fake it is. In terms of the actual movie, I still think the first of the three was still the best, with this third being far too overachieving in terms of plot, and direction. Overstimulation is sometimes just that. The characters behave as the director figured self-interested pirates would, meaning they would do whatever they needed to achieve their own goals, but at some point, it got far too complicated to keep straight who wanted what. Visually, they also tried far too much, pushing into ludicrous speed... yes, they went plaid.
(See I didn't give away the plot entirely)
There be pirates... (Pirates of Carribean non-spoler)