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September 19, 2012
★~ Todays Quote: “Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid!” Franklin P. Jones
★~ International Talk Like A Pirate Day!
Avast, me hearties! Tiss a fine sunrise!
Ye who desires to talk like er pirate, look no further for today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Tell all ye mateys — let ye true pirate shine. Plan t’celebrate by talking like a pirate all day.
John Baur and Mark Summers created the concept of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on June 6, 1995. While playing racquetball, they began to talk to each other in Pirate-speak”. After leaving the court, they decided that there was a need to create this day. After much thought, Mark Summers selected September 19th as the date. This was his wife’s birthday. So, he thought it would be an easy date to remember. And so, International Talk Like a Pirate Day was born.
It’s really temptin’ t’ let this get out o’ hand but you’d be wise t’ keep your “arrrrrs” and “yo ho hos” under control, matey, or by sundown your nearest and Ahoy!est will have you walkin’ t’ plank ”
♥~ Holy Batman Day:
For many, there will only be one real Batman — Adam West. He starred alongside Burt Ward as Robin in the hit television series “Batman.” Running from 1966 to 1968, it kept millions of kids glued to the TV set, watching all 120 episodes with unwavering commitment.
“Holy Batman Day” honors Adam West’s birthday. Born in 1928, Adam began collecting comic books at age 10, and “Batman” made a great impression on him. Although known primarily for his role as the Caped Crusader, he has appeared in nearly 50 movies and various other TV series as well. Happy birthday, Batman!
★~Butterscotch Pudding Day:
Butterscotch is a delicious concoction consisting primarily of brown sugar and butter. Its early history dates back to 1848 and a company called Parkinson’s of Doncaster in southern Yorkshire. Contrary to what its name might suggest, butterscotch is in no way related to Scotland and does not contain liquor.
Celebrate Butterscotch by making the Worlds Best Butterscotch Recipe, making Jell-O butter-scotch flavored pudding mix or cheat a little and pour butterscotch topping over your icecream!
★~ Today in History:
♥~ 1876 – Melville R. Bissell of Grand Rapids, MI patented the carpet sweeper on this day. The name, Bissell, became synonymous with carpet sweepers during the first half of the 20th century — much like Frigidaire and refrigerator, Jell-O and gelatin dessert.
♥~ 1970 – She could turn the world on with her smile. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was seen for the first time on CBS-TV. It became one of the most successful television shows of the 1970s. The last, original episode aired on September 3, 1977.
♥~1982 – 🙂 ‘Smiley’, the first ‘emoticon’ was used in an email posting on this day. Scott E. Fahlman, in a bulletin board discussion at Carnegie Mellon University, wrote, “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-). Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use :-(.”
♥~ 1932 – Mike Royko journalist: Syndicated columnist to more than 600 newspapers nationwide, Pulitzer Prize winner and author (Boss, Slats Grobnick). Born at Chicago, IL, he died there, Apr 29, 1997
♥~1981- Slimey the Worm’s Birthday: Slimy is part of the Sesame Street family and is Oscar’s pet worm. Slimy is the smallest of all characters on Sesame Street, being only 2¾in. However, his is small size does not affect his dare devil attitude. Slimey won a gold medal in the Worm Olympics, and has parachuted from a plane, been shot out of a cannon whilst kissing girlfriend Glo and become the first worm in space. As Lou Berger, head writer for Sesame Street, put it,”Slimey shows viewers that even the smallest creature can be the most heroic, and that’s an important thing for kids to see.”
★~ Did You Know:
To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here are five little-known pirate stories.
♥~Yo-Ho-Ho and an Epidural: Grace O’Malley (born GrÃ¡inne O’Malley) was the Irish Sea Queen of the 16th century. Earning her sea legs as a kid on voyages with her father, O’Malley went on to lead a crew of 200 sailors as part of her Celtic Sea “protection service.” Her specialty? Intercepting merchant ships to negotiate their safe passage to Galway and ruthlessly pillaging any “uninterested customers.” Infamous for being lewd, gambling too much, and cussing like—well—a sailor, O’Malley truly proved her mettle when she gave birth mid-voyage. Soon after the delivery, Turkish pirates attacked the ship, and when the flailing crew came running to O’Malley, she reportedly snapped, “May you be seven times worse off this day 12 months from now, you who cannot do without me for one day!” When the postpartum hell-raiser finally emerged on deck waving her gun, the attackers quickly remembered they had other engagements.
♥~Pirate Panache: Legendary and ruthless sea-raider “Black Bart” may win the award for the most prolific pirate, with more than 400 ships reportedly falling to his sword in the early 18th century. But Bart was much more civilized than history would have you believe. The Welsh-born Bartholomew Roberts (sound less tough now, doesn’t he?) always wore a damask waistcoat, snappy breeches, and a dashing red feather in his cap. The refined Bart also drank only tea and water, commanded lights-out by 8 p.m., and had musicians play hymns for him on Sundays.
♥~X Marks the 401(k): When pirate icon Edward “Blackbeard” Teach met his Waterloo at Ocracoke Island (his pillaging hub off the coast of North Carolina) in 1718, his enemies confiscated 25 hogshead of sugar, 145 bags of cocoa, a barrel of indigo, and a bale of cotton. Not exactly the sacks full of rubies and sapphires the British Royal Navy was hoping for. When asked where the real treasure was, it’s said he replied, “Only I and the devil know.” Since that time, beachcombers have donned Hawaiian-print shirts and scoured the Carolina coast with metal detectors—most likely in vain. Blackbeard’s treasure is almost certainly more legend than fact. Pirates usually acquired their pieces of eight (Spanish silver coins), gold doubloons, and pricey jewels from black market trade of the coffee, tea, slaves, textiles, and medicines they stole from ships. But for all the talk of buried treasure, pirates weren’t known for their retirement planning. They usually blew the money on women, booze, and gambling.
♥~Playing the Parrot Card:Our modern-day image of a pirate usually comes fully outfitted with peg-leg, eye-patch, and parrot. Why? The stereotype comes directly from the fictional character of Long John Silver in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Silver’s feathered sidekick, Captain Flint, was a nice touch, but it’s doubtful pirates had pets. With long voyages and scanty rations, a parrot would have a made a better snack than companion.
♥~Stealing Second:The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t always been named after the thieves of the high seas. Originally, the Major League club was known as the nature-loving Pittsburgh Alleghenies (after the mountain range in the eastern region of Pennsylvania). But in 1880, after stealing away second-baseman Louis Bierbauer from the Philadelphia Athletics, a local newspaper called the team “a bunch of pirates.” This suited them just fine, and they’ve been flying the Jolly Roger ever since.
Have a jolly day ‘n I gunna be seein’ ye before I sail out bucko!