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Pirate Hunting Cruise Hoax

The Internet continues to abound with articles on Russian pirate hunting cruises, in which passengers purportedly pay for the chance at shooting pirates at sea. On its face any clear-headed reader should have assumed any such article to be merely repeating a hoax--which indeed the pirate hunting cruises are. Nonetheless, the articles continue to circulate and, given the content and large number of comments on these articles, are taken as fact by a large number of readers. To repeat, the purported Russian pirate hunting cruises are nothing more than a hoax. See for example Snopes.com. The articles appear to have surfaced in May 2009, and to date show no signs of going away.
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