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Amusing Monday: Sunday is ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’

September 13th, 2010 by cdunagan

Shiver me timbers and avast you landlubbers!

“Talk Like a Pirate Day” is almost here. It will be this Sunday, Sept. 19. All folks, good and bad, are called on to, well, talk like a pirate for a day.

Strangely enough, this international event started out with a couple of guys — John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers joking around while playing racquetball. They started poking fun and encouraging each other in pirate lingo. The two celebrated the annual occasion of talking like pirates somewhat quietly among friends for seven years until 2002, when they sent the idea to syndicated columnist Dave Barry, who made it an international event.

So now these two guys have a website, TalkLikeaPirate.com, which has grown through the years and includes tips and all manner of fun and games.

There’s also the official “International Talk Like a Pirate Fan Page” on Facebook, and I’m sure this crazy idea has started producing some major booty for them and a good number of other folks who have jumped aboard the Jolly Roger. I’ll leave you to investigate these treasures on your own.

In the spirit of Amusing Monday, I’d like to share with you this video about Robot Pirates, which I found amusing, though it probably has nothing to do with Talk Like a Pirate Day.

But the event was clearly being celebrated by Freaking News and a bunch of folks who created Photoshop images on the theme “If pirates ruled the world.” Most include some well-known people dressed as pirates in various situations, which I think you’ll find amusing. Since the contest has been going on several years, there are a lot of photos, organized here in galleries:

Gallery 1, 2007
Gallery 2, 2008
Gallery 3, 2009

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