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Arrr you ready? 5 ways to mark Talk Like a Pirate Day

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Posted: Thursday, September 18, 2008 8:15 pm | Updated: 11:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Avast, ye lily-livered bilge rats! Friday be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

If nothing else, it will give you another excuse to annoy your co-workers and loved ones with expressions like "shiver me timbers!" and "poop deck."

But such salty language isn't for everyone, so here are some other examples of seminautical nonsense to celebrate the pirate's life.

Whatever you decide, just don't forget to say your "Arrrs" and "Ayes"!


Why talk like a pirate? This folk holiday began in 1995 after one of the two founders injured himself playing racquetball and shouted "Arrr!" in a piratelike manner.

Robert Newton: The actor (pictured) who played Long John Silver in the 1950 Disney film "Treasure Island" is the holiday's patron saint.


Undead monkeys like the one kept by Captain Barbossa in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" are rather hard to come by. So how about a more traditional pirate pet? The Oasis Sanctuary in southeastern Arizona is a safe harbor for feathered friends without a home. Oasis takes in birds whose owners are no longer able to give them the care they need, or who think that taking care of Polly is as easy as giving him a cracker. The sanctuary does not offer birds for adoption, but it will help to put committed parrot pals in touch with those who do. Otherwise, you can sponsor a bird at the sanctuary or support it through other means, such as buying souvenirs from the gift shop or CafePress store (


With trick-or-treat time fast approaching, Spirit Halloween stores ( are already popping up all over the Valley, and they're celebrating their 25th year in the boos-ness. The venerable Easley's Fun Shop in downtown Phoenix ( is open year-round and has been around for more than 60 years. Pirates are popular, so secure your eye patches, hooks and peg legs early.


At some point, even the most hearty sea dog has to come ashore to bury his treasure - or, more likely, to dig up someone else's. The Lost Dutchman Mine is still out there in the Superstition Mountains. Perhaps the most famous lost mine in America, it is misnamed for a German who reportedly discovered an immensely rich gold mine in the late 19th century. If you're not feeling that adventurous, you could try geocaching. The hobby centers on finding sealed containers buried all over the world, hunted by GPS-toting outdoors enthusiasts who want to see what others have left behind and contribute to the hidden caches. Wide World of Maps and More ( has stores in Mesa and Scottsdale with all the tools and books you need to get started.


Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy in a Blu-ray collectors set became available for the first time on Tuesday. Here are some other naughty or nautical adventures that might have been overshadowed by the recent Disney ride-based epic:

"Captain Blood" (1935, starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone). With a stirring score that influenced "Star Wars" composer John Williams, this helped to define the pirate film genre.

"The Goonies" (1985, directed by Richard Donner, starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Joe Pantoliano). Oregon teens try to save their home from developers by seeking the booby-trapped booty of legendary pirate One-Eyed Willie.

"The Princess Bride" (1987, starring Cary Elwes and Robin Wright). The Dread Pirate Roberts kills the true love of a beautiful princess-to-be, then comes to claim her for his own.

"Cutthroat Island" (1995, starring Geena Davis and Matthew Modine). A pirate queen and her learned slave go on a treasure hunt for a treasure map.


"Blackbeard: A New Musical" runs now through Sept. 27 with 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows at downtown Phoenix's Herberger Theater Center. "Blackbeard" tells the tale of the American pirate who blockaded Charleston Harbor in the early 18th century. Tickets cost $19-$39.

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