Arr! Michigan to formally recognize ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 19:53 EDT
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The Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution to officially recognize September 19, 2013, as International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

“Thank you, matey,” state Sen. Roger Kahn (R-Saginaw) said on the Senate floor. “Today we have passed speak like a pirate day.”

The resolution noted that International Talk Like a Pirate Day “began humbly in 1995 between two pirate enthusiasts named John Baur and Mark Summers as way to express their individual passion for nautical plundering.”

The two men celebrated International Talk Like a Pirate Day on their own for seven years before contacting comedian and author Dave Barry in hopes of popularizing the day. Their hopes turned into reality after Barry wrote a column about the day. The swashbuckling holiday was an instant sensation.

“Whereas, As ITLPD has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, it is appropriate for the state of Michigan to formally acknowledge this holiday and grant it the recognition it truly deserves. As a Great Lakes state, one of Michigan’s main duties must be promoting worthy maritime initiatives. ITLPD would give Michiganders who feel a strong connection to our Great Lakes an opportunity to properly celebrate beloved maritime activities, past and present,” the resolution added.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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