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Talk Like a Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.
Argh me hearties! So yer ‘ere to learn the vast secrets of this sacred day that soon be upon us!?
You guessed it, we’re referring to ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’. If you’re here to get all the deets about when it is, why it is and what to do for it, then keep on reading!
This celebration was started in June 1995 (more than twenty years ago!) A innovative Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy (formally known as John Baur and Mark Summers) sat down and decided to start the holiday as a fun way to dress up as pirates and talk like them too! Click Here for how it statred
This day offers an opportunity to not only mess around but to give something back. People can dress up as pirates and raise money for charities, what’s better than that!? And remember, be sure to maintain a standard sword's length apart.
What Do I do?
This part is easy. Make sure you grab yourself an eye patch, bandana, baggy shirt and a little toy parrot or monkey (please do not stuff a real parrot). Make sure you use awful grammar and jump right into that accent. You could even have a pirate-themed party with edible gold coins and balloon sword fights! Don’t forget to get out Treasure Island or Pirates of the Caribbean if you’re not feeling as academic.
All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
While ordering your coffee in the drive-thru, ask if they have change for gold bullion or pieces of eight. Try testing your pirate language out at the library when asking for the location of Moby Dick. The pirate language always fairs well in rough seas. Settle a debate with “I’m right or I’ll walk the plank!”
When the boss gives you a new project, “Aye, aye, Capt’n,” is the correct response. However, beware calling the boss any frothy names. The goal of the day is not to lose your job.
To polish your persona, practice a swagger, limp or squint. Long days at sea give pirates unique qualities.
Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a piratehere, or here. or better yet, see our own" Talk Like a Pirate" Page normally under "Articles and Stories" it's now on the left side menu and features some of the best pirate music to be found.
Use #TalkLikeAPirateDay to share on social media.
Important Public Service Announcement:
Though this is a Pirate "imitation day," please do not rape, steal, pillage, brawl or force your boss to walk the plank. Actual pirates aren’t all that great, so best to go for the parody romanticised version!
No parrots were harmed in the making of this announcement.
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He pulled over and stopped, as did other drivers who witnessed the accident.
The traveling salesman went to his trunk, pulled out a bottle, walked to the rabbit and poured some of the liquid on the rabbit.
The rabbit popped up, shook itself, hopped about 10 feet, turned around and waved. It hopped another 10 feet, turned and waved. It kept doing this until it disappeared from sight.
The other people said, “That's the most amazing thing we've ever seen. What was in that bottle? What did you give the rabbit?”
The salesman answered, “Just some hair restorer with a permanent wave.”
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This Day in History July 29, 1958
The U.S. Congress passes legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), a civilian agency responsible for coordinating America’s activities in space, on July 29, 1958. NASA has since sponsored space expeditions, both human and mechanical, that have yielded vital information about the solar system and universe. It has also launched numerous earth-orbiting satellites that have been instrumental in everything from weather forecasting to navigation to global communications.
NASA was created in response to the Soviet Union’s October 4, 1957 launch of its first satellite, Sputnik I. The 183-pound, basketball-sized satellite orbited the earth in 98 minutes. The Sputnik launch caught Americans by surprise and sparked fears that the Soviets might also be capable of sending missiles with nuclear weapons from Europe to America. The United States prided itself on being at the forefront of technology, and, embarrassed, immediately began developing a response, signaling the start of the U.S.-Soviet space race.
On November 3, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik II, which carried a dog named Laika. In December, America attempted to launch a satellite of its own, called Vanguard, but it exploded shortly after takeoff. On January 31, 1958, things went better with Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite to successfully orbit the earth. In July of that year, Congress passed legislation officially establishing NASA from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and other government agencies, and confirming the country’s commitment to winning the space race. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that America should put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. On July 20, 1969, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission achieved that goal and made history when astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, famously declaring “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Born: June 29th, 1900, Lyon, France Died: July 31st, 1944, over the Mediterranean coast of France
Known For : Originally a commerical pilot that flew from Africa from France, he also did flights in South America. He flew for the French Air Force at the beginning of the Second World War, and evacuated to the United States and Canada on France's capitulation to Nazi Germany. It was in America that he wrote his best known work: The Little Prince. His novels included Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars (both of which were written in the Thirties). He joined the Free French air force and took part in reconnaisance missions for the Allies.
On 30 December 1935, at 2:45 am, after 19 hours and 44 minutes in the air, Saint-Exupéry, along with his mechanic-navigator André Prévot, crashed in the Libyan desert, during an attempt to break the speed record in a Paris-to-Saigon air race and win a prize of 150,000 francs. The crash site is thought to have been near the Wadi Natrun valley, close to the Nile Delta. Both Saint-Exupéry and Prévot miraculously survived the crash, only to face rapid dehydration in the intense desert heat. Their maps were primitive and ambiguous, leaving them with no idea of their location. Lost among the sand dunes, their sole supplies consisted of some grapes, two oranges, a madeleine, a pint of coffee in a battered thermos and a half pint of white wine in another. They also had with them a small store of medicine: "a hundred grammes of ninety percent alcohol, the same of pure ether, and a small bottle of iodine." The pair had only one day's worth of fluids. They both saw mirages and experienced auditory hallucinations, which were quickly followed by more vivid hallucinations. By the second and third day, they were so dehydrated that they stopped sweating. On the fourth day, a Bedouin on a camel discovered them and administered a native rehydration treatment that saved their lives. The near brush with death would figure prominently in his 1939 memoir, Wind, Sand and Stars, winner of several awards. Saint-Exupéry's classic novella The Little Prince, which begins with a pilot being stranded in the desert, is, in part, a reference to this experience.
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