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What does iron cross with skull on top mean?

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August 20, 2009 7:12AM

Death. It is an ancient pirate symbol used in flag-form (black flag and white skull and crossbones). They would fly it on the ship as a way of telling their victims they were about to die. A kind of psychological warfare in the slow approach of a sailing ship full of people about to kill you. It was quite effective.