Bet you didn’t know (I didn’t), but September 19, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the worldwide celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day! It is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide and is a fun day that involves people talking and even dressing like pirates. It is celebrated among fans in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Created in 1995 by John Baur (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy) , of Albany, OR, the holiday came into being as a result of a sports injury. According to Summers, he and Baur were playing racquetball one day and one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of “Aaarrr!”, and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, the two men chose Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
“Cap’n Slappy” and “Ol’ Chumbucket”, the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day
The holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Berry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry’s column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally. Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme, http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html. Visit Baur and Summers website for more information on all the fun things you can do to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day!
If you live in the Baltimore, MD area, make a point of visiting the Inner Harbor where you can get in touch with your “inner pirate” by taking a trip on the Urban Pirate Swashbuckling Adventure! I did it with my family two years ago and we had loads of fun. In fact, we were lucky enough to have the whole ship to ourselves. We spent an hour dancing, singing, role playing and finding our inner pirates. For more information, visit http://www.harbormagic.com/Urban-Pirates/index.asp.