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Talk Nerdy Episode 6: Talk Like a Pirate!

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Avast ye scurvy dawgs and welcome to the Alaskaaaar Commons official International Talk Like a Pirate Day arrrrticle.  I be Captain Dead Eye Jim, yer pilot fer the day.

If ye don’t know what I be talkin’ about when I say International Talk Like a Pirate Day, let me give you a summation.

In the year 1995, two lads by the name o’ John Baur and Mark Summers proved that talking like a pirate makes anything more fun by interjecting pirate talk into the play commentary of a friendly racquetball match. Later, they decided that it was so much fun that it needed to be a yearly event. They chose the date of September 19th because it was the birthday of Mark’s ex wife, and thus easy to remember.

For a few years the two celebrated the day privately with friends, until that fateful day when John stumbled upon the email of noted columnist Dave Barry. Cap’n Dave picked up the ball and went full sails ahead, featuring the holiday in one of his columns.

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The impact of Piracy on Global Temperatures. Source:Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

The holiday was later adopted by the Church o’ the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarians as they be called, recognized the importance of piracy in the prevention of global warrrrming. Being the rebellious scallywags they were, it was as natural a fit as a parrot on a pirate shoulder.

Since then the holiday has taken on a life of her own with pubs and pirates worldwide letting their Jolly Roger fly high and proud. Even the President has rubbed elbows with the likes of pirates.

Locally, there be a pirate pub crawl in downtown Anchorage, scheduled for Saturday the 21. Alaskaaaaarr Commons will be out n about with their spotting scopes and picture boxes in hand to capture the spirit of the night, so check back in with us later me hearties, and don’t be no lily livered mutineer!

In Ketchikan, listen to KRBD for pirate weather, jokes, and school lunch menu reading. They’ll have a special pirate show from 2 to 4pm local time. There’s also rumors of a Pirate Party at The Asylum.

The Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks will kick off their 2013 season with a Talk Like a Pirate Ball.

In the meantime, test yer Pirate IQ with this handy test, and no cheatin’ or ye be walkin’ the plank.

 

James Shewmake was the science and nerd culture columnist for the Alaska Commons. He also provided photojournalism and general editorial content for the site. He was the 2nd place finalist for the 2013 Alaska Press Club Leslie Ann Murray Award for his editorial piece on science and religion. James holds a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. When he is not working on content for the Commons, he is usually dedicating himself to research on subsistence fisheries, time travel, and/or the establishment of a new Galactic Empire.

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