I swore I’d be ready this year. But I was not. Because here it is, September 19th, and I’m still not talking like a pirate.
Not quite it, right?
In trying to come up with something to share with you about this... ah... auspicious occasion, I came across two amazing facts.
1. International Talk Like a Pirate day is a major observance in the parody religion of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. And...
2. It is the only holiday that came into being due to a sports injury.
Both of those things are explained here.
Meanwhile, if you want to get some pirate into your life right now and you’re on Facebook, Pirate is actually a language preference. When on Facebook, scroll down to the bottom of the page. On the extreme bottom left, right after the Facebook copyright mark, it indicates what language you’ve chosen. Click it and you’ll get options. One of those options is English (Pirate) Beta. Choose this, but be careful to remember how you did it so you can do it again to make things go back to normal. This is one of Facebook’s big lessons: having a computer talk to you in pirate is amusing for about seven minutes. After that it’s just annoying.
Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day!