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Pirates for Dummies

September 19, 2007 @ 12:08pm

I was staying at my aunt's house a few years ago and across the room I saw the greatest book ever: Pirates for Dummies. My aunt immediately became way more cool. I made my way across the room and slid the book out of the bookshelf only to be disgusted when I saw the actual title: Pilates for Dummies. All of her cool points were lost.

In case you haven't been bombarded with it already, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It is traditionally celebrated every year on the day after TechCrunch40. The neat thing that Niki pointed out to me is that one of the two guys who came up with it chose his ex-wife's birthday for the date. Wikipedia seems to present it as having been a handy way for him to remember the date, but Niki and I are sure he did it to torment her. What better way to ruin your ex-wife's birthday than to have her bombarded with your fake holiday all day long?

I knew I had done one post about pirates in early 2004 on my blog so I did a search for pirates. I found another post which had Chuck Norris quotes mixed in with other CodeJam quotes: "It was once believed that Chuck Norris actually lost a fight to a pirate, but that is a lie created by Chuck Norris himself to lure more pirates to him."

I also found the one I was looking for, Match Game for Weblogs, where I asked people to complete the following: "My buddy Rob spends all day and night online downloading music and videos. In fact, he is such a huge Internet pirate that instead of getting him an iPod for Christmas, I bought him a blank."

I got a lot of comments from people with names like R. Dawson, G. Rayburn and Brett Somers, but it was "mr. e." who came up with the best answer.

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