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• Sept. 19th… Talk Like A Pirate Day! Plus Video From The Founders

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.

Ahoy mateys!

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.

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