I know you're expecting a Disney post, but I've got something new in store for you. In case you've forgotten (and I'm pretty sure you have) tomorrow is one of my (and Honorary Playfriend Kathy's) favorite holidays...
National Talk Like A Pirate Day
Since its tomorrow, we won't do any pirate chatter here today, but feel free to come back tomorrow and holler "shiver me timbers" if you feel the need. This year, for educational purposes, I thought I'd share a bit of the story behind the holiday and how two guys with an idea can gain notoriety with the right promotional push. According to the website (http://www.talklikeapirate.com) it was founded by Mark Summers (not the Food Network guy) and John Baur in 1995. Apparently during a rowdy game of racketball, one of them yelled "arrgh" and from there they slipped into pirate speak as they taunted each other. They decided to make it an annual event and eventually got Dave Barry to write about it in his nationally syndicated column. It took off and the rest is history.
Their site is amusing and I encourage you to check it out. It even has pirate vocabulary to help you expand your pirate speak, pirate lingo for kids, and suggestions on how to speak pirate in the workplace. But I have to say my favorite part is the Top 10 Pirate Pick Up Lines © ...
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!
So, got any good pirate pick up lines? There's a "booty" joke just waiting to be had out there. Will you be celebrating the holiday at all? Even just a little bit? Did you know you could set your language in Facebook to "pirate?" Give it a try and let us know how it goes. :)
PS. Don't forget to keep PM company this week! One commenter from today's thread will win a book and a goodie I buy in Disney World. Perhaps a pirate themed gift to go with today's post... hmm...