One day back in 1995, two normal guys, John Baur and Mark Summers, decided over a game of racquetball that they would talk (read: insult each other) like pirates; and from this simple act, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born.
The date chosen for the official holiday on Sept. 19 is remarkable only for the fact that it is founder Mark Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday and “the only date he could readily recall that wasn’t taken up with something like Christmas or the Super Bowl or Something.”
For seven years it was just these two guys and maybe (hopefully) a few of their friends joining in on the fun. Then in 2002, they hooked up with famed Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Barry who loved the idea so much that he decided to help make Talk Like a Pirate Day international: “Let's make this into a grass-roots movement that sweeps the nation, like campaign-finance reform, or Krispy Kreme doughnuts,” he wrote in the Miami Herald. “I truly think this idea could bring us, as a nation, closer together.”
To observe this culturally influential holiday with all the due respect, it is recommended that you drink rum — because besides pillaging, saying “arrrrrr,” shivering timbers, and mopping the poopdeck, that’s just what pirates do.
And if you’re dying to know what your pirate name would be, take the quiz here.
So let out your inner buccaneer, drink up with these awesome rum cocktails, and be sure to check out the International Talk Like a Pirate Day website to find a pirate party near you.