Long ago lived a seaman named Captain Bravo who showed no fear in facing his enemies. One day, while sailing the seven seas, a lookout spotted a pirate ship and the crew became frantic. Captain Bravo bellowed, “Bring me my Red Shirt!” The First Mate quickly retrieved the captains Red Shirt and while wearing the bright frock he led his mates into battle and defeated the pirates.
Later on, the lookout spotted not one, but two pirate ships. The captain again howled for his Red Shirt and once again vanquished the pirates.
That night, all the men sat around the deck recounting the day’s triumph’s and one of them asked the captain, “Sir, why did you call for your Red Shirt before battle?”
The captain replied, “If I am wounded in the attack, the shirt will not show my blood and thus, you men will continue to resist, unafraid.” All of the men sat in silence and marveled at the courage of such a man.
As dawn came the next morning, the lookout spotted TEN pirate ships approaching. The rank and file all stared in worshipful silence at the captain and waited for his usual reply. Captain Bravo stared with steely eyes upon the vast armada against his mighty sailing ship and without fear, calmly turned and shouted, “Get me my brown pants!”