AAARrrgh me maties, it be the “Talk Like A Pirate Day” today! So avast and pull yer sails landlubbers for today we set sail towards tomorrow.
Geesh, that sounds lame.
We’re sure the folks who are celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day — yes, it’s real — can do better, or they’d be sent to walk the plank.
Sept. 19 is your once-a-year chance to don an eye patch, sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying “Arrrrr.”
It all started back in the 1990s as a cult joke between two friends — John (Ol Chumbucket) Baur and Mark (Cap’n Slappy) Summers — but really took off when syndicated columnist Dave Barry got to hear about their surreal festival.
Bonus Video “Pirates Vs. Ninjas”
The day even has its own unofficial anthem – Ann Arbor resident Tom Smith wrote and recorded “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” (You can download a version of the song at Smith’s Web site www.tomsmithonline.com.)
Need help with your Captain Jack Sparrow impersonations? Try using one of the pirate-speak translators that can be found on the Internet (this one seems to work well: www.syddware.com/cgi-bin/pirate.pl).
You can read more about Talk Like a Pirate Day on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day.
Lookin’ to kick back with the mateys?
A local gathering for those who like to roll their rrrrrsss is being thrown by publicist, music promoter and DJ Becki Carr — two R’s — who promises “sea shanties and other fun grog-drinking songs,” along with pirrrrate parrrrrrty favorrrrrrrs. 8 p.m. Small’s, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. 313-873-1117.