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William Kidd

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The Resume

    (circa 1645-May 23, 1701)
    Successful English merchant
    Captained the ship, 'The Adventurer,' and its crew of eighty men
    Ordered by English government to capture or kill all pirates around the coast of Madagascar
    Arrested in New York City under charges of piracy and murder
    Convicted of all charges in an English court (1701)
    Executed by hanging (May 23, 1701)

Why he might be annoying:

    He was a drunk.
    His job was to get rid of pirates, but instead, he turned into a pirate himself.
    His crew consisted of criminals and cutthroats he had recruited from New York.
    He robbed and plundered many ships along India's Malabar coast, taking over 400 tons of loot.
    He burned and sank any ship he came into contact with.
    He got into an argument with his ship's gunner and killed him in a subsequent fight (1697).
    His men mutinied against him (1698).
    His name inspired 'Billy the Kid.'

Why he might not be annoying:

    It took two attempts to hang him, as the noose broke the first time.
    His body was dipped in tar and hung over the Thames River as a warning to all pirates.
    He is one of the most famous pirates of all time.
    He inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's famed novel, 'Treasure Island.'
    There are rumors to this day that Captain Kidd's treasure is buried somewhere, waiting to be found.

Credit: Ratman

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Year In Review:

    For 2024, as of last weekly ranking, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2023, Out of 3 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 12 Votes: 58.33% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 7 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 19 Votes: 36.84% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 6 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 6 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 16 Votes: 56.25% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 31 Votes: 45.16% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 17 Votes: 64.71% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 9 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 68.75% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 171 Votes: 66.08% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 32 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 42 Votes: 59.52% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 93 Votes: 77.42% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 111 Votes: 72.97% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 251 Votes: 65.34% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 55 Votes: 60.0% Annoying