Sunday, September 18, 2011

Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Hook

Two of the most famous Pirates of our time.



Arrrrr ye mates, today we celebrate Talk like a Pirate day.  The following is an excerpt from a column written by Dave Berry in 2002 which caused this day to thrust into the national limelight!

"Every now and then, some visionary individuals come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your immediate reaction is: ''Those individuals should be on medication.''

Today I want to tell you about two such people, John Baur and Mark Summers, who have come up with a concept that is going to make you kick yourself for not thinking of it first: Talk Like a Pirate Day. As the name suggests, this is a day on which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea, or what? There are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all.

Baur and Summers came up with this idea a few years ago. They were playing racquetball, and, as so often happens, they began talking like pirates. And then it struck them: Why not have a day when EVERYBODY talks like a pirate? They decided that the logical day would be Sept. 19, because that -- as you are no doubt aware -- is Summers' ex-wife's birthday.
Captain Jack Sparrow

Since then, Baur and Summers have made a near-superhuman effort to promote Talk Like a Pirate Day. As Baur puts it: ``We've talked like pirates, and encouraged our several friends to, every Sept. 19, except for a couple where we forgot.''

And yet, incredibly, despite this well-orchestrated campaign, the nation has turned a deaf shoulder to Talk Like a Pirate Day. In desperation, Baur and Summers turned to me for help. As an influential newspaper columnist, I have the power to ''make or break'' a national day. You may recall that almost nobody celebrated Thanksgiving until I began writing about it in the 1970s."
Captain Hook

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2002/09/08/100129/arrrrr-talk-like-a-pirate-or-prepare.html#ixzz1XxCai3mK

For more information, or help with pirate speak, check out this website:  http://www.talklikeapirate.com/howto.html

To take a ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney World, click here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIN-MqaA_Dk


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