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How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

Jennifer Gensch
Jennifer Gensch

Photograph by Flickr user Jennifer Gensch.

Friday, September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Time to get your sea legs and gather your mateys and practice your “Arrr”s! Here are a few ways to mark the occasion.

1. Talk Like a Pirate

Photograph from Talk Like a Pirate Day.

After all, that’s what the holiday is for! The International Talk Like a Pirate Day website has resources for helping you get the talk right. And you can even learn to talk like a German pirate or a French pirate. And if that’s all too complicated, or if you live online like I do, you can use their simple translator.

2. Attend a Pirate Party

Photograph by Flickr user Scott Vandehey.

The Faust Hotel & Brewing Company in New Braunfels, Texas, invites all you scurvy dogs Friday, with a costume contest and a pirate talk contest.

The Cure Lounge in Louisville, Kentucky, presents Party Like a Pirate Day with music from Drunk & Sailor.

The Waldorf Beer Club in Scranton, Pennsylvania, will celebrate their 5th annual TLAP Day party. There will be prizes for those showing up in pirate costume.

If you want to find out what’s happening near you, check the Google map of Talk Like a Pirate Day events.

3. Play Putt-putt Free

A park called Blackbeard’s Cove has to celebrate this auspicious occasion, and the park in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, will award a free game of putt-putt to anyone dressed as a pirate, and there’s a book reading for kids featuring pirate books read by …police officers. It was too difficult for them to find real pirates who can read.

Come in to any location of Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf Friday and get $2 off if you talk like a pirate.

4. Watch a Pirate Movie

Take a look through the 50 saltiest and rummiest Pirate Movies listed in chronological order, and chances are that you’ve seen quite a few of them. Maybe you’ll want to rewatch one or two, or select a new film to enjoy of TLAP Day. There are hundreds of pirate movies, but sadly, not all of them are available at RedBox or Netflix.

The Berwyn Public Library in Berwyn, Illinois, is having a party for kids, featuring a triple feature of pirate movies, headlined by Muppet Treasure Island. Since this is for kids, the party will be on Saturday.

5. Change your Facebook Language

Under the general settings of your Facebook page, you can select “English (pirate)” as your language for the day. Arr!

6. Read About Pirates

May I suggest these enlightening articles from the mental_floss archives?

11 Rules From an Actual Pirate Code

Democracy on the High Seas: How Pirates Rocked the Vote

Did Pirates Really Make People Walk the Plank?

6 Famous Pirate Ships

10 Pirate Myths and Surprises

Or you could read a book about pirates, fiction or non-fiction. A group of authors is staging a pirate book giveaway, open for entries through Friday.

7. Eat and Drink Like a Pirate

Photograph by Flickr user Dave Morris.

Considering that classical pirates were sailing for months at a time, a meal heavy in seafood makes sense. Pirates also stowed pickled and spiced food supplies that would last a long time. And there was hardtack when everything else was gone. But after a looting, food could be sumptuous. Salmagundi was a kind of pirate stew that included everything in the galley. There are also plenty of drink recipes, many featuring rum, for your celebration. 

8. Do a Good Deed

Hft, an organization that provides service to those with learning disabilities in England, is using Talk Like a Pirate Day to raise funds for their programs. There are plenty of ways you can join in the fun and help out!

Tampa Bay is using TLAP Day to raise funds for LifePath and Suncoast Hospice. The party starts at 5 at The Getaway in St. Petersburg.

The Ship Inn in Weymouth, UK, is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support during a TLAP Day party starting at noon.

9. Eat a Free Doughnut or Twelve

As they have for years now, Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts on September 19th. Go into any Krispy Kreme outlet and talk like a pirate for a doughnut. If you go in dressed as a pirate, you can snag a dozen doughnuts! The bakery also has some tips for celebrating TLAP Day in other ways in their Pirate Academy. 

See also:
17 Swashbuckling Facts About Talk Like A Pirate Day
The Late Movies: Pirate Talk
Your Pirate Home

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Happy National Margarita Day! While you could celebrate by having a few drinks, you could also skip the hangover by unlocking one of tequila's amazing abilities outside of the glass. Many spirits are useful for activities beyond sipping (vodka, for example, is a great stain and odor remover), but tequila holds some particularly magical powers. Here are just a few of them.

1. SYNTHETIC BAUBLE

In 2008, a team of scientists in Mexico discovered that when the heated vapor from an 80-proof tequila blanco was combined with a silicon or stainless steel substrate, it resulted in the formation of diamond films. These films can be used in commercial applications, such as electrical insulators, or to create one big fake diamond. Who knew that spending $50 on a bottle of Don Julio was such a wise investment?

2. ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCE

Keeping with the science theme: In 2011, researchers at England’s University of Oxford suggested that we may one day be gassing up our cars with tequila. They identified agave, the plant from which tequila is produced, as a potential biofuel source—and a particularly attractive one, as the plant itself is not consumed by humans and can thrive in desert climates.

3. WEIGHT LOSS SUPPLEMENT

Scientists have long promoted the potential benefits of the agave plant for its ability to help dissolve fats and lower cholesterol. The bad news? These properties get a bit diluted when the plant is distilled into alcohol. Even more so when it's whipped into a sugary margarita.

4. SLEEP AID

Take three or more shots of tequila and you’re bound to pass out. A single shot can have the same effect—just not in that drunken stupor kind of way. Relaxation is one of the positive side effects of tequila drinking; a small amount (1 to 1.5 ounces) before bedtime can reportedly help you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

5. COLON CLEANSER

Too much of a good thing may not bring a welcome turn of events for your liver … but your colon will thank you! Researchers at Mexico’s University of Guadalajara have identified the blue agave as a potentially helpful source for delivering drugs to the colon in order to treat colitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease and even cancer.

6. DIABETES PREVENTATIVE

If Ernest Hemingway had known about the healing properties of tequila, his signature drink might have been a margarita instead of a daiquiri. In 2010, experiments conducted at Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute of Guanajuato revealed that the agave plant (which is high in fructans, a fructose polymer) could stimulate the GLP-1 hormone, aiding in increased insulin production.

7. COLD REMEDY

“Plenty of liquids” is a well-known remedy for getting oneself out from under the weather. But expanding that definition to include a kicked-up shot of tequila makes a day laid out on the couch sound much more appealing. In the 1930s, doctors in Mexico recommended the following concoction to fight off a cold.

.5 ounce of tequila blanco
.5 ounce of agave nectar (to eliminate bacteria and soothe sore throats)
.5 ounce of fresh lime juice (for Vitamin C)

Though some people (including tequila companies) swear by its healing powers, others say it's hogwash.

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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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