Pirates have been cleaned up and made to look like heroes, but in their day they were the scummiest, scurviest, meanest, greediest and most ruthless dogs sailing the seven seas.
Which is why it would have sucked to be a pirate- constantly sailing meant eating disgusting things like hard tack and leathery cured meats, overcrowding meant disease and urine a-plenty, and the combat was bloody and horrific.
(NSFW due to language)
Sam O'Nella Academy has ruined another childhood fantasy for us all with this animated short, which is probably okay considering most pirates really were terrible role models.
-Via Laughing Squid