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On Talk Like a Pirate Day, you can speak the part. You can even look the part, if you like. But if you are really into the pirate phenomena, you can live like a pirate every day!

First thing in the morning, head to the bathroom for a wash behind your pirate shower curtain. Turn the skull and crossbone taps to start your shower.
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Everything in the bathroom can be tied into the pirate theme, right down to the skull toilet brush holder.
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C-Dock Pirates has more pirate bathroom accessories, like bath mats, towels, wash cloths, and this lovely toilet set.

But the bathroom isn't the only place to play pirate! More after the jump.

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A great day starts with a good breakfast. This toaster will imprint a Jolly Roger symbol on your toast! If you're a little too cheap to spring for the 29 euro toaster, you can get a stamp from Archie McPhee that will put an impression on your bread. Then just pop it in a normal toaster and see the skull and crossbones when it's toasted!
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Before you leave home, dab on a bit of pirate perfume. Scents for men include Swashbuckler, Cavalier, El Capitan and Buccaneer. For wenches, choose from Buxom, Siren and Damsel. My guess is that these perfumes smell a lot better than a real pirate ever did.

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This table is just one example of the cool handcrafted home furnishings available from the Pirate Furniture Company. Pick a pirate logo and a stain color, and they custom-finish your furniture.

There be a little assembly required on larger pieces. Instructions are included. All ye need be a screwdriver.

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Serve your guests in style with mugs, jugs, plates, and bowls from Quicksilver's Pirate Pots. He even has a bowl to serve your "scurvy dog."

It is well nigh impossible to predict shipping totals accurately online, since order size and destination vary a great deal. That's why the shipping rates be listed on a per-piece basis.

I'll be right fair with ye, though. Trust me, I'm a pirate. Har! Seriously — I am a strong advocate of treatin' me customers right.

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Pull your boots off, and set your weary feet down on your pirate throw rug.
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And as you lay your weary head down after a long day of talking like a pirate, rest comfortably on sheets, pillows, and pillowcases printed with the familiar skull and crossbones. Nighty night! Er, I mean, dreams ahoy!

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Your Dresser Is a Serious Tipping Hazard. Here's How to Fix It
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When it comes to household safety, we’re used to potentially hazardous items being clearly labeled. Hair dryers come with warnings not to use them in the shower; volatile cleaning products implore us not to drink them. But some of the most significant items carrying actual mortality rates are largely ignored: common living room or bedroom furniture.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 30,000 people were treated in emergency rooms from 2014 to 2016 as a result of furniture tipping over on them. Children are at particular risk of being injured or worse when they attempt to climb a dresser or TV stand. As Consumer Reports points out, these items do not have to conform to any universal manufacturing standard and can easily become unstable regardless of their weight, cost, the child’s weight, or other variables. Injuries are also seen when children tug on the furniture or attempt to climb inside the drawers. Since dressers are often in a child's bedroom where they can play unsupervised, the potential for an accident is high.

In testing performed by Consumer Reports, no one brand or style stood out as being inherently safer than the others. So what can consumers do?

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One easy solution is to avoid putting televisions on top of these dressers, since they pose a high risk of falling on top of a child when the dresser is moved. More importantly, child safety advocacy groups advise that adults use anchoring systems for furniture in danger of tipping over. These kits are available via mail order or in retail stores and come with straps that are connected between the furniture and two wall brackets. If weight is applied to the front of the dresser, the straps will keep it from falling over.

Some furniture comes with these kits, or with L-shaped angle brackets. Both are effective, but included straps can often be plastic that degrades over time—they should be nylon or steel. If not, you should opt for a third-party kit.

Advocacy groups have found that a lot of consumers are either unaware these kits exist or find them difficult to install. But it's a relatively easy procedure so long as you secure the anchor into a wall stud and not into drywall, where it will be too loose to stand up to a weight-bearing load. For brick or masonry walls, it’s best to hire a professional. If you’re renting and have been told not to drill into the wall, consult your landlord—it’s likely they’ll agree to waive any restrictions to make for a safer living space.

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These Unique Benches Are Made From Yogurt Cups and Plastic Bags
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When sent to a landfill, some plastic waste will sit there for centuries before breaking down. The Belgian design firm Studio Segers has found an alternative use for the plastic containers some people throw away by re-purposing them into innovative outdoor seating. This modular bench spotted by design milk is made from used yogurt cups, butter tubs, and plastic bags and is 100 percent recyclable.

Commissioned by the recycling company ECO-oh!, the H-bench consists of slender, plastic components. They come with or without backrests and are available in dark gray, medium gray, light gray, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige. Snap three of them together and you have a chair. Keep adding pieces to build a snug love-seat or a bench long enough to fit a crowd.

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The seat is designed to be customized to suit the user’s taste. Chair backs can face one way or alternating directions; the bench can feature multi-colored stripes or a uniform shade; one side can have seat backs while the opposite end is built for laying down.

The makers didn’t skimp on quality to make their product sustainable: The H-bench is made from plastics called polyolefins, which means it's durable enough to stay strong and vibrant even in harsh outdoor conditions. Get a closer look at the smart design in the video below.

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