Today marks another day where people are encouraged to have a little fun and remember the pirates of fantasy and “Talk like a Pirate”. It’s a parody holiday and apparently came from a very strange place. The idea for the day was born in 1995 on a YMCA racquetball court in Albany, Oregon when John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and his friend Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers were engaged in a game. According to Wikipedia and Summers, the day is the only known holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. It seems that one of them got hurt during the game and responded to the pain by yelling “Aarrr!!” Which inspired the two to banter back and forth in pirate speech.
The game was apparently played on June 6th, but out of respect for the observance of the Normandy landings they decided another date was needed. They selected September 19, simply because Summers had recently divorced, it was his ex-wife’s birthday, and he figured “the date was stuck in my head, and I wasn’t going to do anything with it anymore.” And though the idea might be 24 years old, it didn’t become popular until 2002 when a Miami Herald article put the idea onto the world stage.
In the years since; games, news people, and even social media have adopted the holiday in one form or another. It might seem silly, it might be pointless, but if you’re after just a bit of amusement consider Talking like a Pirate today!