TODAY is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!!
In This Issue
Thank you all for your continued and growing support of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Cap'n Slappy and I have long suspected that we would soon become almost incidental to the holiday. You have taken it and made it your own, and we couldn't be happier about it.
Thanks to the women of Team Pirate, Mad Sally and Jezebel the Web Wench. Slappy and I have funny ideas – they do the heavy lifting to make things work.
Thanks to Captain Chuck and the whole gang at the University of Alaska, and to Captain Killy and the mad pirates on the beach of St. Croix for making a couple of ol' lopers so welcome.
Thanks to all the friends we've met on the way – Jamaica Rose and Cockroach (hard to catch and impossible to kill) and Cap'n Bogg & Salty and The Mackay and Bilgemunky, Keelhaul and Clapeye and Bunny (yes – Bunny. Wanna make something of it?) and Talderoy and Shayna and all the rest of ye! There's so many we can't name 'em all! What a grand trip this is!
And finally, thanks to our close personal friend, Pulitzer Prize Winner Dave Barry, whose column back in 2002 launched the holiday from a small private joke among a few friends into the stratosphere. It has become an international phenomenon, and we don't use that word lightly, nor are we certain we've spelled it correctly. Dave (we call him Dave now) keeps trying to duck any responsibility, but we know full well we'd never have gotten here without him. Thanks. Dave.
Or, if you prefer, Mr. Barry.
This is a story that says it all. It was sent to us by Dennis from the small Dutch coastal town of Goes. Last year they celebrated TLAPDay in a local bar called Café La Strada, a favorite hangout for young and old alike. They had a great time. They were going to do it again this year, but the pub had burned down in January. But people kept asking Dennis where the party would be this year, so he passed the word that he'd be putting on his pirate finery and walking through the town today. He figured 10 or so, maybe a couple of dozen at most, would want to join him.
Instead, he's received confirmation from more than 100 people that they'd be there in full regalia! In a town of 18,000! Would 100 accountants show up? 100 tennis players? 100 chiropodists? I don't think so! 100 Ninjas? Maybe, but how could you tell? They're quiet and sneaky.
By the time you read this, it will probably be over and we'll know how big the party has gotten. But it's really inspirational. All over the globe, people are swaggering and just having fun. That's really all we ask.
You can go to our site at for lots, lots more reports like these, of pirates partying, doing good deeds, having fun, making asses of themselves – often all at the same time – just for the sheer anarchic fun of talking like pirates. The page is at http://talklikeapirate.com/tlapd09_2.html .
Everybody is getting into the act. Facebook pages are being translated into pirate, bloggers, role-playing games, myspace and Facebook. You've been checking out our youtube videos and commenting, and of course Twitter, where Cap'n Slappy holds forth as thecapnslapply to a growing army of twitternauts. Today the No. 1 trending topic is Pirate Day! Awe-insiring and a little humbling.
The quiz I shared with you in the last Poopdeck (answers below) is online at CNN's Web site: . Play the video to hear me read the question, then submit your answer and find out if you're right.
And now, here's the answers. I'm not resending the entire quiz, but you can check it out on CNN.com to remind yourself of the questions.
Test Your Pirate Knowledge
When is it time to "splice the mainbrace?"
When is it appropriate to shout, "Prepare to be boarded!"
When a pirate asks you, "Mind if I slip me monkey pump in yer bunghole?" you should:
Before ship-to-ship combat, a crew would spread sand on the deck
A pirate would be most likely to sprinkle a pinch of gunpowder
The term "Jolly Roger" was ...
Blackbeard's ship was called,
The "Dogwatch" is -
If you are a "shellback" you ...
You know you've been "Keelhauled" when ...
-- Ol' Chumbucket, editor
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