Thursday, September 18, 2008


From the column that started it all.


Every now and then, some visionary individuals
come along with a concept that is so original and so revolutionary that your
immediate reaction is: ''Those individuals should be on medication.''

Today I want to tell you about two such people, John Baur and Mark Summers, who have come up with a concept that is going to make you kick yourself for not thinking of it first: Talk Like a Pirate Day. As the name suggests, this is a day on
which everybody would talk like a pirate. Is that a great idea, or what? There
are so many practical benefits that I can't even begin to list them all.

Baur and Summers came up with this idea a few years ago. They were
playing racquetball, and, as so often happens, they began talking like pirates.
And then it struck them: Why not have a day when EVERYBODY talks like a pirate? They decided that the logical day would be Sept. 19, because that -- as you are no doubt aware -- is Summers' ex-wife's birthday.

Since then, Baur and Summers have made a near-superhuman effort to
promote Talk Like a Pirate Day. As Baur puts it: ``We've talked like pirates,
and encouraged our several friends to, every Sept. 19, except for a couple where
we forgot.''

You can read the rest here. Also visit my previous tribute which includes a link to McSweeney's.

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