Do you know what today is? You might have noticed that several major websites like Flickr.com have added pirate flags to their logos.

That’s right, today is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” The parody holiday was invented in 1995 by John Baur (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”), of the United States, who proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.



For example, an observer of this holiday would greet friends not with “Hello,” but with “Ahoy, me hearty!” The date was selected because it was the birthday of Summers’ ex-wife and consequently would be easy for him to remember.

What’s your pirate name? Find out here.

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