We've all heard of pirates. Not the ones with a peg leg and a parrot on their shoulder. I'm talking about actual pirates, off the coast of Africa. Tom Hanks' new movie "Captain Phillips" is about that fight to keep merchant vessels of the United States and others safe, and is based on a true story.

In the movie, they use water cannons to keep the pirates from coming on board the ship. In real life, they use something a bit more powerful. Britney Spears. Who would have thought! The chart-topping "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! I Did It Again" are the most effective in the war against the gun carrying bandits.

According to The Mirror, Rachel Owens, a merchant navy officer on huge super tankers off the east coast of Africa says "the music is a really effective way of deterring the pirates and their high-speed skiffs. Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect." The speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew. It's so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns - as soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney they move on as quickly as they can!