The founders of International Talk Like a Pirate Day
From left: Mark "Cap'n Slappy" Summers and John "Ol' Chumbucket" Baur Photo by Karl Maasdam, Karl Maasdam Photography

International Talk Like a Pirate Day began informally in 1995 as an inside joke between two friends, John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers. But it really took off in 2002 when Dave Barry wrote a column about it. So when random people approach you today and start saying things like “Arrrr!” and “Ahoy!” and “Let’s go download apps and videos we haven’t paid for,” you’ll know why. If you need help figuring out how to speak in a passably piratical manner—and I know I do—try this Pirate Speak Translator.