Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More piratey stories

Talk like a pirate at the Seattle Aquarium

Ahoy, me hearties! - Patients' pirate antics raise spirits

Top ten gadgets for land-lubbin' types to celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

Ninja fans diss Talk Like a Pirate Day

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pirate translator widget

Available here

More TLAPD news coverage

Be ye ready to talk like a pirate?

PotBS Celebrates Talk Like A Pirate Day In Seattle

Pirates of the Burning Sea has become the official video game of International Talk Like A Pirate Day (September 19th), and to celebrate they are raiding the coastline of Seattle, causing a right ruckus in the streets, and hanging about the Seattle Aquarium looking swarthy and unkempt.

New Orleans’ PyrateCon 2008 Planners Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day

TLAPD on Buzzfeed

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Pirate haiku

The Wichita Eagle is celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day by inviting readers to submit piratey haikus. For example:

Listen here, matey
It be five, seven and five
Or ye walk the plank
Click here to submit your own pirate haiku, and to check out their piratespeak quiz.

Reuters UK article about TLAPD

Due to the time difference, Talk Like a Pirate Day starts in the UK before it starts here in the US.

Ahoy there landlubbers -- it's time to talk pirate

September 19 is your once-a-year chance to don an eye patch, sport a ridiculously large hat and keep on saying "Arrrrr.

It all started back in the 1990s as a cult joke between two American friends -- John "Ol Chumbucket" Baur and Mark "Capn Slappy" Summers -- but really took off when syndicated columnist Dave Barry got to hear about their surreal festival.

"We tap into that need for whimsy in people's lives," Summers says of the 24-hour celebration of quirkiness when they urge all self-respecting swashbucklers to show "pirattitude."
Click here for more.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The pirate guys are on MySpace

Book for Little Pirates

New book from the pirate guys--this one for kids--available via

A Li'l Pirates ABSeas

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Top 10 pirate pickup lines

From the International Talk Like a Pirate Day web site

10 . Avast, me proud beauty! Wanna know why my Roger is so Jolly?

9. Have ya ever met a man with a real yardarm?

8. Come on up and see me urchins.

7. Yes, that is a hornpipe in my pocket and I am happy to see you.

6. I'd love to drop anchor in your lagoon.

5. Pardon me, but would ya mind if fired me cannon through your porthole?

4. How'd you like to scrape the barnacles off of me rudder?

3. Ya know, darlin’, I’m 97 percent chum free.

2. Well blow me down?

And the number one pickup line for use on International Talk Like a Pirate Day is …

1. Prepare to be boarded.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Some pirate critters

We haven't put an eyepatch and hat on *every* animal yet, but we've got a good start...

See also our pirate collie, golden retriever, and cockatoo.

How to talk like a pirate

Watch this video to avoid needless embarrassment on Talk Like a Pirate Day.

What be your pirate name?

I'm "Bad-Rum Eve". What be your pirate name?

Wednesday is Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day 2007 is almost here!

Here are the lyrics to the official Talk Like a Pirate Day song by Tom Smith. (Since tomorrow is the last Sunday before Talk Like a Pirate Day, if you'd like to request that he play that song, you'd better hurry.)

Most days are like all of the others,
Go to work, come back home, watch TV,
But, brother, if I had me druthers,
I'd chuck it and head out to sea,

For I dream of the skull and the crossbones,
I dream of the great day to come,
When I dump the mundane for the Old Spanish Main
And trade me computer for rum! ARRR!

T' me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It's "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!
When laptops are benches God gave us fer wenches,
And a sail ain't a low price ta pay!
When timbers are shivered and lillies are livered
And every last buckle is swashed,
We'll abandon our cars for a shipfull of ARRRs
And pound back the grog till we're sloshed! Yo ho....

Don't pick up yer phone and say "Hello,
Our ten-o-clock meeting's delayed",
Ye scrunch up yer face and ye bellow,
"AVAST! Ye've been bleedin' BELAYED!"

Ye can't keep this fun to yerself, I bet,
So sing "Aye!" "ARRR!" "Ayy!" every man!
We ain't got much grasp of the alphabet,
But a damn good retirement plan!

T' me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It's "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!
Whatever's in fashion is in for a thrashin'
And bein' polite is passe!
When it's ev'ry man's duty to grab his proud beauty
And let out a hearty YO HO!
And if this offends you, hold y'r breath as we sends you
Ta Davy Jones' Locker ya go! Yo ho....

We'll tell every banker "Heave to and weigh anchor!"
Buy latte with pieces of eight
We'll fight to be chosen as cap'n or bosun
The loser, o' course, is worst mate!

When we hoist Jolly Roger, the landlubbers dodge 'er,
We fill 'em with loathing and fear,
We'll plunder and pillage each city and village,
Or at least clean out Wal-Mart of beer!

There ain't no computin' or morning commutin',
No "Parking Lot Full" signs for me,
No lawns ta be mowin' or bills to be owin',
I'm knowin' the pull of the sea.

The fresh salty brace of the wind on my face
Through hurricane, sunshine or squalls,
I'm keepin' my eyes on the distant horizon,
Verizon can hold all my calls!

To wear a red coat full o' buckles,
To earn a few duelling scars,
Well, at least we can get a few chuckles
By filling the office with ARRRs!

And maybe we'll never get closer,
Than watchin' 'em on the big screen,
So here's to old Errol and Depp as Jack Sparrow,
And every damn one in between!

T' me,
Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho,
It's "Talk Like A Pirate" Day!
That time in September when sea dogs remember
That grown-ups still know how ta play!
When wenches are curvy and dogs are all scurvy
And a soft-wear patch covers your eye,
Ta hell with our jobs, for one day we're all swabs
And buccaneers all till we die!

So hoist up the mainsils and shut down your brain cells,
They only would get in the way,
Avast there, me hearty, we're havin' a party,
It's "Talk... Like... A Pirate" Day!

Over the next couple days, I will be highlighting more piratey links, and some of the pirate-themed designs Demetrius and I have created.

Friday, September 14, 2007

TLAPD on Squidoo

Here's a Talk Like a Pirate Day lens on Squidoo.

Know of any good links I should add?

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Talk Like a Pirate Day at Zazzle

Zazzle is currently featuring Talk Like a Pirate Day designs, and is celebrating the holiday with a design contest.

Top prize is $1000, and you're only allowed to choose one of your designs to enter. Skulls and crossbones seem to be a dime a dozen, so we're entering the "Pirate Wench" design Demetrius created.

You can see our other pirate-y items at Zazzle here.