Ahoy, I warmly! As many of you know, September 19th is International Pirate Day, an annual phenomenon that has taken the world by storm and has been watched by every continent, the International Space Station and even the Oval Office since it first hit the headlines in 2002. So let’s pull up the Jolly Roger, break out the rum, and take a look back at the wood-shaking history of the vacation.
1. Talk Like a Pirate Day was originally conceived on D-Day.
Talk Like a Pirate Day creators John Baur and Mark Summer (nicknamed “Ol ‘Chumbucket” and “Cap’n Slappy” respectively) created the holiday while playing racquetball on June 6, 1
2. September 19 is also the birthday of the ex-wife of the co-creator of the holiday.
“[September 19th was] The only date we could easily remember wasn’t already busy with Christmas or the Super Bowl or something, “the couple later claimed. Summers claims no malevolence towards his ex-spouse, who has since stated, “I’ve never been more proud to be Ex-Wife!
3. Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry is instrumental in popularizing the vacation.
Dave Barry got so excited about the holiday after emailing it in early 2002 that he devoted an entire column to its advertising in September, turning an inside joke into a global sensation. He later appeared as a cameo in one of the buccaneers of Baur and Summers music videos in 2011 (find him in the video above at 3:25 a.m.).
4. Real pirates spoke in a variety of dialects.
Despite some extensive “English-to-Pirate” dictionaries that have surfaced across the Internet, the idea that all pirates have a common accent, regardless of their national origin, is historically absurd National Geographic noted in 2011.
5. Actor Robert Newton is hailed as the “patron saint” of Talk Like a Pirate Day.
So where did The modern “pirate dialect” comes from? Summers and Baur credit actors Robert Newton performance in Treasure Island (1950) and accordingly called him the “patron saint” of their vacation. Hired to breathe life into the scheming privateer, Newton simply exaggerated his West Country accent, and the rest is history.
6. John Baur’s family was featured in a pirate-themed episode by Swap women.
At the eagerly anticipated premiere of the reality show in 2006, the Baurs (in full looting regalia) competed against a family who, according to John’s wife Tori (also known as “Mad Sally”), “acted as if” fun ” was something to anticipate – wrapped for their protection. “
7. John Baur was so on Danger!
Baur was described to the audience as “the writer and pirate from Oregon” in his 2008 appearance. “I didn’t win,” said Baur, “but the introduction made Alex blink.”
8. International conversation like pirate day has become a cornerstone of the Pastafari movement.
Bobby Henderson, founder of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, cited the earth’s dwindling pirate population as a clear source of global warming in his open letter to the Kansas Schools Board establishing the religion. Since then, Talk Like A Pirate Day has been watched by devout Pastafarians around the world.
9. A Florida mayor once sparked a local controversy for making an official proclamation on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
In 2012, Lake Worth, Fla., Mayor Pam Triolo lightly urged her constituents to join last year’s holiday. Her actions have been criticized by former city commissioner Jo-Ann Golden, who insulted her association with murderous seafarers.
10. Day of the Ninja was created in response to Talk Like a Pirate Day.
In order not to be outdone by their hated rivals, the pro-ninja community quickly held the first annual Ninja Day on December 5, 2002. For information on Summers and Baur’s take on the warring factions, see the clip above.
11. Astronauts once celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day on board the International Space Station.
In a 2012 interview, Summers recalled “being informed that the astronauts on the International Space Station had awakened to” A Pirate’s Life for Me “and joined the pirate talk from space.”
12. President Obama once celebrated with a costumed privateer in the Oval Office.
In 2012, Barack Obama tweeted this picture on Talk Like a Pirate Day with the headline “Arr you in?”.
13. A congressman later used the holiday to criticize President Obama’s tax plan.
In 2011, Florida’s 12th District Representative Dennis Ross used the festival as a political punch line after Obama delivered a speech on his tax plan and tweeted, “It’s TALKING like a pirate day … not acting like one. Make sure you make wallets and bury your loot, the tax officer is coming. “
14. It is an official holiday in the state of Michigan.
On June 4, 2013, Senator Roger Kahn’s proposal to give the Michigan government official recognition for International Talk Like A Pirate Day was officially accepted, to the chagrin of some dissenting landlubbers.
This story originally ran in 2013.