Escaping for a minute the build up to fancy dress costumes for Halloween, did you know that September the 19th every year is Talk like a Pirate day, it's origins are far more recent than the like of famous pirates of yesteryear: The International Talk Like A Pirate Day was born in the 1990s, when two Americans, John Baur (Ol' Chum Bucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy), be talkin' like pirates all o'a sudden. Because of this they then They decided that, from that day forward every September the 19th would become a day where people could talk like a pirate! Since then this annual event has grown and now it actually has quite a large following which continues to grow.
Video of Cap'n Slappy, Ol' Chumbucket and Chumpail sing an original pirate ditty composed by Slappy himself:
So now would be a perfect time for a fancy dressed party based around the theme of pirates and for you to dress in a pirate costume. Pirates costumes are extremely popular, probably the most popular theme in fancy dress that there as and as such there are literally hundreds of pirate costumes for sale on the web, infant pirate costumes, kids pirate costumes, adult pirate costumes and even pet pirate costumes, they are all available.
Shop for Pirate Costumes on the web:
Amazon.co.uk for UK shoppers
Amazon.com for US shoppers
A few things you may want to know about pirates for your talk like a pirate day:
Did Pirates bury their treasure so nobody else could find it?
Pirates burying their treasure may have happened now and again, but probably not that often as most Pirates didn't expect to live very long basically because of what they did for a living, so having a retirement plan probably was not high on their list of concerns. On top of that do you know of any pirate ship crew that would allow their captain burying the treasure they'd won together?
Did Pirates made their victims walk the plank?
There is actually no evidence that pirates made people walk the plank. Pirates' preferred means of punishment was keel-hauling, which meant tying their victims to a rope and dragging them under the ship. Considering that ships' hulls tended to accumulate debris from the water, this tended to result either in wounds (if the victim was dragged quickly) or drowning (if slowly). Either way this was probably much worse than walking the plank!
Pirate Master Costume
For more information on Talk like a Pirate day check out these sites:
Talk Like A Pirate Day UK Headquarters (http://www.yarr.org.uk/)
The Official site for International Talk Like A Pirate Day (http://www.talklikeapirate.com/ )