The Poopdeck

The Talk Like A Pirate Day Newsletter
Published when the fancy strikes
Ol' Chumbucket, ed.
ISSUE NO. 74 (I believe), Sept. 17. 2009
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1 Day (and several hours) Until International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!

In this issue

Calling for Arrrt!

  • The more than 10 million members of the worldwide art community on are celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day Saturday with a variety of mini-contests and all-day pirate chatting in the forum section. More information is available at

DeviantArt is an online art community attracting everything from commercial and traditional artists to anime and manga fans and people who paint and draw fantasy. Computer-generated art is very big there as well. Of course, we're hoping there'll be lots of pirate art posted. DeviantArt happens to be one of the favorite Web sites of Ol' Chumbucket's daughter Kate, who brought the event to her old man's attention.

  • Finally, a public art project that doesn't involve covering someone else's art with chocolate pudding, or a sculpture that you couldn't tell from a collapsed box girder bridge. This is a public art project you'll really want to see – because it involves pirates!

The Sea Warriors Project will bedeck the streets of New York's South Street Seaport with flags picturing 11 historical pirates from 230 B.C.E. to 1930, including Koxinga, Queen Teuta, Mary Reade, Captain Kidd, Barbossa and Sir Francis Drake. The flags will fly between Front and Beekman Streets. The public opening will be on Saturday, September 19th, from 4 to 6 p.m. inside Cannon’s Walk.

The artist, Michelle Vaughan, said the opening coinciding with our holiday was "sheer luck," but we think different. We think it's one o' them "harmonica convergences" that show the whole world is coming round to the joy that IS International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

More Goings On Around the World

  • The Denver-based Celtic/pirate/folk band Potcheen will celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with a concert in Trinidad! No, not the Caribbean island. This is Trinidad, Colorado, at 8 p.m. at the Lucky Monkey event hall. (Gotta love the name, dontcha?) Trinidad is the home of Wench in Waiting Toni, the sister of our own Web Wench. And Toni is sure to be at the Lucky Monkey Saturday night. So make a point of seeking her out and buying her a drink.
  • I mentioned earlier this week that the MMPORPG "Pirates of the Burning Sea" was probably doing something to mark the day. I heard back from them, and I was right. "We've switched on our Talk Like a Pirate Day content in-game with our 1.18 update, so our scallywag players can go on special TLAPD missions to get cool rewards!" they tell us. "New players can also take part, all they need to do is talk to Cap'n Billings in Marsh Harbor or Tortuga if they sign up at for a 14-day trial."
  • And speaking of MMPORPGs, the biggest of 'em all surprised me when they pointed out that "World of Warcraft" players who make their way to Booty Bay on the day can meet NPCs based on Cap'n Slappy and meself. I probably knew that at one time, but I must have forgotten. All I know is that we're definitely characters on "Burning Sea," and apparently "World of Warcraft" as well.
  • Then there's this - – sent to me by a fellow who appears to be on Taiwan. An online bike equipment company, BDOP Cycling Co., announces on its site "Pirates have seized the shipping lanes and now control the high seas! To celebrate, the pirates are offering a 1 day amnesty on all shipping fees. That means that any products bought on 19 Sept will be shipped For Free!" Well, as you can imagine, this does not apply directly to Cap'n Slappy or me. (You've seen our photos, right?) But you might be needing some high-pressure rim strips or a dashboard genie or some Armstrong nutritional aids – whatever those things are – in which case this might be just the ticket. Wait until Saturday to order and get the shipping free! Me? I don't even know what most of this stuff is.
  • Finally, a reminder that if you're anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, get down to the Portland Pirate Festival this weekend in Cathedral Park in the St. Johns neighborhood. On Sunday afternoon, they're hoping to assemble about 1,500 costumed pirates to break the record for most costumed pirates in one place at one time. And say hello to all me old mates, Cockroach and the Seafair Pirates and Luc the Lucky and Cap'n Bogg & Salty and all the rest o'em.

A Pirate's Best Friend May Be His Librarian

Jezebel The Web Wench was scanning down the events on our Calendaarrr and noticed something.

"A large number of them are being held at public libraries, mostly as piratical storytimes for the younger set. Librarians seem to love TLAPD - and why not? Name another holiday that's nonsectarian *and* has connections to history, literature and all the other things libraries love! We've even heard that the American Library Association has recommended Talk Like A Pirate Day to its member librarians as an opportunity for planning a special event. We at Team Pirate - book-lovers all - couldn't be more proud."

She's right, ya know! Pirates love books – especially books about pirates! And thus we love librarians. Me eldest offspring, Jack "Redbeard" Baur, is a librarian himself – working as a "teen librarian" in the Bay Area. Sounds sorta like a superhero, doesn't it? "Jack Baur – Teen Librarian!" Using his powers only for good, of course.

Test your Pirate Talk Knowledge

Here's a little quiz we wrote for our friends at You'll be able to see it on their site Saturday morning, but we thought you'd enjoy taking the quiz now. We'll send ye the answers on the holiday itself – International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Remember – this is for entertainment purposes only. Please, NO wagering!

When is it time to "splice the mainbrace?"
a) When sailing into port.
b) When a crewmate suffers from gout.
c) When having the first drink of the day.
d) When the mainbrace is broken.

When is it appropriate to shout, "Prepare to be boarded!"
a) When attacking a ship.
b) When crashing a party.
c) On your wedding night.
d) All of the above.

When a pirate asks you, "Mind if I slip me monkey pump in yer bunghole?" you should:
a) Agree to marry him.
b) Give him directions to the nearest free clinic.
c) Slap him and say, "I'm not that kind of girl!"
d) Give him a drink.

Before ship-to-ship combat, a crew would spread sand on the deck
a) To get that authentic "Caribbean beach" ambience.
b) To provide sure footing when the blood flows.
c) To hide in so your enemy can't see you.
d) For luck.

A pirate would be most likely to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder
a) In his rum.
b) On his cornflakes.
c) On the deck.
d) On anyone named Marv.

The term "Jolly Roger" was ...
a) Named after a saucy cartoon cat who solved mysteries with a roving band of teenagers.
b) Derived from the French, "Jolie Rouge" meaning, "Pretty Red."
c) Named after the English pirate, "Fat Roger Whifflebottom" who was famous for his skill in needlepoint.
d) Never used to describe a pirate flag until Disney's "Treasure Island."

Blackbeard's ship was called,
a) Queen Anne's Revenge
b) Lonely Dodger
c) USS Enterprise
d) Prizzi's Honor

The "Dogwatch" is -
a) Someone who sneaks a puppy aboard a pirate ship.
b) A singularly unattractive "sportin' wench."
c) Either of two short "watches" aboard a ship - 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.
d) Second assistant to the cabin boy.

If you are a "shellback" you ...
a) Have a serious skin condition.
b) Are good at Three Card Monte
c) Have been congratulated so many times you are immune to compliments.
d) Are an experienced sailor who has crossed the equator at sea.

You know you've been "keelhauled" when ...
a) Your mates drag you under the ship while at sea.
b) You've been drinking rum for six days straight and can't remember where you parked your boat-thingy.
c) You receive a strong letter of reprimand in your personnel file.
d) The other pirates pull a prank on you - and when you realize you've been had they all yell, "You've Been KEELHAULED!"

Okay, time's up! Pencils up, please. Now the proctor will go around the room collecting your quizzes. – What? No proctor? Okay, That's not happening. But pass the quiz around to your friends (if you have any) and find out Saturday which one of you knows most about talking like a pirate!

Until tomorrow,

-- Ol' Chumbucket, editor

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