129 Days Until Talk Like a Pirate Day!
In this issue:
Artists! Team Pirate is seekin' new art for this year's Official International Talk Like A Pirate Day T-shirt (and mugs, and other stuff we hawk on CafePress).
Bein' as how we lack any sort o' artistic talent ourselves, we propose a competition. The winner – or winners, if we can't make up our minds – will receive a mug or T-shirt bearin' their design, whatever other booty we decide t' throw in – and the satisfaction of bein' an official part of the best holiday ever.
Failure to comply with these rules will disqualify your entry, so look sharp!
THE FINE PRINT:
We may be pirates, but we're not out t'plunder artists. Here be the legal stuff:
Congratulations to our pirate pals across the pond, the Brixham Buccaneers of South Devon, UK.
A year ago they proudly announced that at the annual get together, the Brixham Pirate Festival, they had set a world record, certified by the good folks at Guinness, for having the most costumed pirates at one place at one time. Then, in September, the Portland (OR) Pirate Festival beat their mark. That was also recognized officially by the Guinness folks.
Well, you can’t keep a good buccaneer down, unless of course you strap him to a cannon before you toss him overboard. In any case, not to be outdone, last month the Brixham bunch took the record back. Unofficially (pending official verification by Guinness) they had 1,722 freebooters gathered down there in Devon, snatching the record back. So congratulations!
But our Oregon filibuster friends are warning them not to get too cozy with the title, because when September rolls around again they intend to take the title back. This could get entertaining.
And of course, there are lots of other pirate festivals out there and perhaps some others will want to get into the effort.
For now Brixham wears the crown! By this fall, who knows?
Summer is all but here, and that means the festival season kicks into high gear.
You can get a list of upcoming festivals on our links page at
But we should warn you. The list is only as accurate as the information people send us and sometimes they change plans or dates and forget to tell us. So it behooves you to follow the links to their sites and make sure it's accurate.
As near as we can tell, the following information is correct. If you know of other pirate festivals in the offing that aren't listed here, let us know and we'll happily add 'em to the list!
That’ll be all for now. Keep spreadin’ the word – and the word is “Aarrr!”
- Ol’ Chumbucket, ed.
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