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Rapscallion alert: It's 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

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Ye readers beware, Thursday is International Talk Like A Pirate Day — a treasured holiday conceived in the dark ages of 1995 by a pair of racquetball players.

According to the origin story, the two founders floundered alone for years until Dave Barry wrote about their swashbuckling speech disorder in a 2002 Miami Herald column.

Watered-down treachery has since become widely accepted. And though you may not be urged to observe such a holiday by a couple of 90s guys, only a fool would ignore the sage words of a Goonie-turned-Hobbit.  It's your time.

So polish up the parrot and snap on an eye patch. Romance, adventure and doughnuts await the brave booty hunters of Sept. 19. Here's some ammunition for your pop culture cannon canon:

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