Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008

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What are ye planning for September 19th?

.Since Talk Like A Pirate Day fell on a Friday this year, it was a loooooong weekend of partying like pirates.Let us know what you did , an' we'll tell the world!

This year, we're especially interested in hearing about pirate parties organized as fund-raisers for good causes; they're marked below with a special icon.

Don't miss the photos! Send us your own best picture - just ONE, please! (We'll also accept links to yer on-line photo gallery).

Find out what the media's saying about Talk Like A Pirate Day here. And what the Pirate Guys themselves (and associated wenches) have been up to here. And don't miss the fan mail!

What happened around the world on International Talk Like A Pirate Day 2008

(The page got too long, so we've moved the party plans and all the other real-world stuff to a new page; clicking the links below will get you there)

Events supportin' good causes

On Sept. 19th:

  • In the New York Times Crossword Puzzle on Sept. 19 featured In 31 across was "talklikeapirateday" and 8 down was "shivermetimbers." (Ol' Chumbucket, in particular, was wowed).


Blog Like A Pirate -

Game like a pirate

  • Over at Puzzle Pirates, it's all pirates, all year long ... but Captain Countrygirly of the Devil's Crew on the Sage Ocean once again planned special goin's on for TLAPD, including free poe (pieces of eight, naturally) for those who follow this link to join the game. "And," she writes "find me in game and I'll be happy to help acclimate you to your new piraty world!"
  • Second Life always seems to have lots of TLAPD action, and this year is no exception. These are just the parties we've heard of; there no doubt were many others:
    • Kapitein Dutch Hoorenbeek notedthat the pirate sims of Beek Haven - who talk like pirates every day - planned a full day of activities for Sept. 19, including a mermaids' pirate hunt an various and sundry other activities "Sail on over in yer pirate or wench finest - we have freebie clothes and 25+ shops of the best in pirate."
    • The roleplaying group at Paravaci (which normally does not play pirates!) threw a dance on Friday night with a "Talk Like a Pirate" theme.
  • World of Warcraft: Fans tell us Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket were spotted as NPCs in WoW this week, and one posts the screenshot to prove it. Not that they actually captured the, erm, splendor o' the real lads, mind... It was all part of a site-wide Talk Like A Pirate Day event on the exceedingly popular game.
    In other Wow news:
    • Kurasu writes: "On WoW there is an item called 'Savory Deviate Delight'. This delectable food does only two things: it will either transform you into a Ninja (Freak out!), or a Pirate (Yarr!). To celebrate September 19th, I am starting to lay in stacks of the stuff, and intend to give away groups of 3 in the main city. . For those interested, this will be on the Emerald Dreams (EU) server. I expect I'll run out faster than I'd like, but we'll see how long the fish-stores can hold out! If anyone out there wants to make some donations, tell them to send their Deviate Fish to Kurasu and I'll get them fried up and cached for the big day."
    • Gavin R and his crew were the Tichondrious server taking part in a Talk Like a Pirate day Event in the port of Booty Bay.
    • Players reported discovering blood-thirsty pirates 'n pirate camps to do battle with, trinkets that turn your character into a pirate and a game add on that changed everything in the in-game chat window to pirate talk.
    • A WoW player from Europe sends us this rundown of TLAPD events and opportunities on the game
  • Pirates of the Burning Sea, the official game of Talk Like A Pirate Day 2007, immortalized Cap'n Slappy and Ol' Chumbucket as NPCs, and once again the Pirate Guys turned up in the game around Sept. 19th. Those who logged in to celebrate the holiday partied, talked piratical talk, - and got a very special reward, never before seen within Pirates of the Burning Sea.
  • Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean on-line game celebratedTLAPD with a full schedule of events.
  • Artix Entertainment put on the pirate in all its on-line games today:
  • Kingdom of Loathing, the stick-figure MMORPG, added pirate easter-eggs throughout the game for TLAPD, including such items as Binarrrca, a can of breath spray, commonly used by pirates to make their breath smell nice before they kiss the gunner's daughter. Because, y'know, if you're going to be tied to a cannon and flogged, you don't want the smell of cheap grog on your breath.
  • CapCom, the evelopers of a brand-new game, Age of Booty, launched their first public beta test on Talk Like A Pirate Day. Read about it on their development blog - ye can still sign up to play, for free, at FilePlanet !
  • Tanga, the puzzle-solving site, warmed up for TLAPD with a daily Pirate Fact courtesy o' Crazy Kids, and a little unofficial Pirate Puzzle contest.
  • Stickman Studios is rapidly approaching completion of a new on-line game, Buccaneer: The Pursuit of Infamy and held their first online, multiplayer beta-testing session on Sept. 19.
  • The folks at Thought Hammer, an online board game store, put all their pirate themed games on sale for Talk Like A Pirate Day - and they're ran a contest to give away a beauty of a model pirate ship! It's their third annual TLAPD promotion.
  • Add Astraware to the game companies running Talk Like A Pirate Day promotions, with great prices on six o' their best pirate-themed games for yer mobile.
  • Folks on the Internet game league League of Friends partied like pirates (after a two-week Pirate Days lead-up, no less) and even tourneyed like pirates on Sept. 19
  • Geekdad on Wired News rates the top pirate games of all time.

Laugh Like A Pirate

Webcomics celebrate TLAPD:

Other Web sites taking note of TLAPD:

On the air

Radio and TV stations love Talk Like A Pirate Day, and we don't even hear about most of the on-air pirattitude. Some we have heard about:

  • Keith Olbermann talked like a pirate during his Sept. 19 Countdown!
  • MSNBC's Will Geist at ZeitGeist celebrates by naming the five greatest pirates of all time.
  • CNN Headline News had a short segment on TLAPD Friday morning!
  • Bob and Tom, the nationally syndicated radio show, were talking like pirates Friday morning (according to a report we received from someone - we kid you not - at the Department of Homeland Security.)
  • Our ol' mate Mimi Foxmorton got her moment in th' spotlight on the 19th when she was interviewed by the local Cable News outlet while carousin' with her crew at a tavern in Clay, New York. Watch the video.
  • The Wiggles, the fantastically popular children's TV show out of Australia (and home of the infamous Captain Feathersword), promoted TLAPD in its fan club newsletter.
  • WDET-FM, Detroit, interviewed Mad Becky Carr of Y!PR, who will teach the host the finer points of pirattitude, on Sept. 18.
  • The Drive Time Happy Hour on WSKY 97.3 in Gainesville, Fla, had their hosts talking lie a pirate during their enitre show.
  • Oregon Public Radio's Morning Edition hosted interviewed a pair of the BOOM Pirates Thursday morning on the subject of pirate politics (and to promote the Portland Pirate Festival, coinciding with TLAPD weekend)
  • Saturday morning from 7-8 CST, the Salmon Dance at Dawn radio show on 88.3 WQNA (Springfield, IL and streaming live on played songs inspired by International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
  • WSHU Public Radio, broadcasting o’er Connecticut and Long Island, celebrated with 5 full hours of pirate music and pirate talk.
  • On Classical Music on West Virginia Public Radio, announcer-producer Mona Seghatoleslami included pirate music (and talking like a pirate) for parts of her show on the 19th.
  • WWPV 88.7-FM, Colchester, VT - Capn' Seamus Blunderbuss (aka DJ Seamus, planned a special, three-hour broadcast of sea shanties and other piratical music

    Read on for what else happened all over the world...