Avast ye, landlubbers! It be time t’ walk t’ plank, ye filthy bilge rats. Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and ye best be ready t’ parlay in t’ starboard language or be forced t’ dance t’ hempen jig. We’ll rip an’ burn yer Jolly Roger, ye salty, pox-faced kraken … Strike yer colors!
Shiver me timbers! Ye don’t know ’bout International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Ye best listen t’ me tell ye about it.
Ahoy! buckos, welcome t’ International Talk Like A Pirate Day, perhaps t’ most magical day o’ t’ year. Aft in 1995, two buckos decided that on September 19th o’ every year, people should go around talkin’ like pirates. From that day fore, September 19th became International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD), and today be no different. T’ men behind t’ holiday be John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), both hailin’ from Albany, Oregon, and it’s them that deserve our thanks as we celebrate.
It all started on June 6 o’ that year, when Baur and Summers fought hard at their local raquetball court. When one o’ t’ men was injuries, he agonizin’ly screamed out, “Aaarrr!” T’ buckos wanted t’ mark t’ day as a holiday, but seein’ as it was already D-Day they chose Summers’ ex-buxom beauty’s birthday—Sept 19th. For a while it was a bit o’ an inside joke t’ t’ men, and 7 years they waited, celebratin’ mostly by their lonesomes, until in 2002 when nationally syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry picked up on t’ men’s holiday and began promotin’ it.
In 2006, t’ Church o’ t’ Flyin’ Spaghetti Monster adopted ITLAPD as an official holiday o’ t’ religion, and from thar it took off. It’s been featured in film, reality TV and other media since, and today be one o’ t’ most celebrated days o’ t’ year.
So thar you have it folks, that’s what International Talk Like a Pirate Day be. Ye best get on board, or we be goin’ t’ make ye walk t’ plank and visit Davy Jones’ Locker. Are ye laddies and lasses on board? Or should we shove ye through t’ bunghole o’ t’ finest rum we have? T’ choice be yers.
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