It's September 18 as I pen these words, which means that tomorrow is when people around the world celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Seriously, this "holiday" is now recognized by people on every continent, even Antarctica. As the corresponding Wikipedia entry says:
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parodic holiday invented in 1995 by two Americans, John Baur ("Ol' Chum Bucket") and Mark Summers ("Cap'n Slappy"), who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like pirates. For example, instead of "hello," an observer of this holiday would greet his mates with "Ahoy, me hearty!" The date was selected because it is the birthday of Summers' ex-wife and would consequently be easy for him to remember.
If you are a little unsure of the pirate vernacular and are scared of making a fool of yourself by blurting out the wrong thing, there's a great Learn to Talk Like A Pirate website. All you do is type in a phrase – for example: "Hello old fellow" – press the "Pirate Speak" button, and receive the equivalent, which would be " Ahoy! barrrnacle-coverrr'd scurrrvy dog," in this case.
You can find out more about this party-fest on the official Talk Like a Pirate website. And if you're interested in learning more about similar occasions, you may wish to visit the Wilipedia Holidays entry and then scroll down to the "Unofficial Holidays" section to discover more than you ever wanted to know about occasions such as Bagel Day (February 7) , Blame Someone Else Day (the first Friday the 13th of the year), Buy Nothing Day (The Day After Thanksgiving), Flying Spaghetti Monsterism Holy Day (every Friday), No Pants Day (first Friday of May), Pi Day (14 March), Pi Approximation Day (22 July), and the list goes on...
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