Ahoy, matey. Walk into any participating Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop on Thursday, September 19, 2013, and talk like a pirate, and you'll walk out with a free doughnut for your efforts. TheHappyCouponer.com also reports that if you dress like a pirate you'll get a whole dozen free.
According to Jessica Crowe, the blogger behind TheHappyCouponer.com, you have to wear at least 3 articles of pirate clothing to qualify for the free dozen.
“You have to wear at least 3 articles of pirate attire, so no, just an eye patch isn’t enough. Think tri-corn hats, pantaloons, headscarves, big earrings and ruffled shirts. And definitely - leave yer weapon at t’ door. Argggghhh!”
Talk Like A Pirate Day was created by John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) and it's celebrated on September 19 every year.
According to Summers, the day is the only holiday to come into being as a result of a sports injury. He has stated that during a racquetball game between Summers and Baur, one of them reacted to the pain with an outburst of "Aaarrr!", and the idea was born. That game took place on June 6, 1995, but out of respect for the observance of D-Day, they chose Summers' ex-wife's birthday, as it would be easy for him to remember.
At first an inside joke between two friends, the holiday gained exposure when John Baur and Mark Summers sent a letter about their invented holiday to the American syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry in 2002. Barry liked the idea and promoted the day. Growing media coverage of the holiday after Barry's column has ensured that this event is now celebrated internationally, and Baur and Summers now sell books and T-shirts on their website related to the theme. Part of the success for the international spread of the holiday has been attributed to non-restriction of the idea or trademarking, in effect opening the holiday for creativity and "viral" growth.
You can even change your Facebook page to Pirate-speak. Any time of year, but especially on September 19, click on your account settings and then click on “language.” Choose “English-Pirate” and watch all your Facebook friends turn into a bunch of scurvy dogs.
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