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.