Yarr, it's pirate week on That Was Genius. Tom discusses French Buccaneer, privateer and all-round nasty guy Francois L'ollonois, who is definitely not one to cross if you happen to be Spanish. Or like your head to be attached to your body.

Meanwhile Sam discusses the pirate dynasty of Ching Shih, Cheng Yud and Chung Po: The husband/wife/adopted son (who was later also husband, yes it's complicated) family who terrorised the South China Sea with a fleet of hundreds of vessels and tens of thousands of pirate sailors.

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