1. Entertainment

    To Celebrate #TalkLikeAPirateDay, Here’s a Pirate Rock Band Singing About Pieces of Eight

    Two things you need to know real quick: First, "Pirate Rock" is a real thing. Second, the band Captain Bogg and Salty are great at it. If you don't believe us, check out this video for their song "Pieces of 8ight." There's a rather lengthy intro, but the song kicks in at the 1:30 mark.

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  2. Weird

    U.S. Government Continues to Target Piracy in All Forms, Seizes 1,400 Halloween Costumes From China

    Assuming the image used by Today Health is accurate, it looks like 1,400 little girls won't be going out on Halloween as somewhat creepy pirates. U.S. Customs and Border Protection diverted the shipment of costumes to a warehouse for testing as they reached Seattle in September, but only just confirmed their suspicions: They are full of lead. There's a certain level of lead that's considered acceptable, but these Chinese costumes tested at 11 times the legal limit.

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  3. Weird

    Avast, Mateys! Today Be the 10th Anniversary of International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Batten down the hatches, me buckaroos, as it looks to be a mighty fine International Talk Like A Pirate Day. In fact, it just so happens to be the 10th anniversary of the holiday, so feel free to celebrate with ye mateys over a barrel or two of grog. The event appears to be here to stay, and ye won't hear none of us blubberin' over the fact. If we had it "arrr" way, there'd be more o' them throughout the year. Hit the jump to learn more about ye olde pirate lingo.

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  4. Tech

    Torrenting Turtle Knows the Truth About Software Pirates

    Anyone who has ever pirated anything has surely seen a message in the included info file that makes seemingly noble claims about the pirated copy being for demo purposes only, or how the piracy group strongly encourages people to buy the product if they enjoy it. Well, everyone knows not all software pirates are that noble, whether or not they claim to be. This tidbit of knowledge is so common, in fact, that even a turtle knows the truth.

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  5. Entertainment

    Next Season, the Japanese Power Rangers Will Be Pirates

    This image is the first released shot of the main characters of Japan's next season of Super Sentai, or, as we know it in America, Power Rangers. Your eyes do not deceive you. Those are an assortment of "futuristic" cutlasses and flintlock pistols, and a background of nautical maps. It gets better.

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  6. Weird

    Shakespeare Sort of Sounded Like A Pirate

    One of the best classes I ever took in college was The History and Structure of the English Language, where one of the many, many fascinating things our lexiconnoisseur professor revealed to us like an endless buffet of the best intellectual candy was that the English accent in the time of Shakespeare is closest to what we would now, in America, identify with International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Thankfully, some theater productions do occasionally experiment with presenting the Bard's work with the sounds of contemporary speech. This video from the University of Kansas is of a production advised in it's Original Pronuciation efforts by professor Paul Meier. Probably the most exciting thing about this to me is that now all those awkward couplets actually rhyme again. (via Kottke.)

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  7. Weird

    It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

    Say what you want about ninjas: they don't have their own day. Probably because that would be too obvious. I mean, what's the point of having a day where you expect ninjas? But pirates, now. There's a sort of ego thing going on there, I guess. Anyway, looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further.

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  8. Entertainment

    Return of Bruce Wayne Action Figures, Side-by-Side with the Comic Covers

    Remember these?  The covers of the six-issue mini-series The Return of Bruce Wayne, featuring Caveman Batman, Puritan Batman, Pirate Batman, Cowboy Batman, and Private Eye Batman?

    ...of course you do.

    Well, the actual issues started their run earlier this month, and DC Direct, the collectibles wing of DC Comics, has announced an exclusive figurine for each time-lost Batman. We've put them side-by-side with their corresponding Return of Bruce Wayne comic covers after the jump.

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  9. Weird

    Oops: Chinese Theme Park Uses Porn Poster to Advertise Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

    On a trip to an amusement park in Xiamen, China, Redditor coltrane087 noticed something unusual about a Pirates of the Caribbean ride: In the midst of standard fare promotional posters for the film, someone had slipped in a poster from Pirates, which is not, in fact, an installment in the beloved Johnny Depp-helmed series, but is rather a pornographic film that, among other accolades, won the 2005 AVN Award for "Best All-Girl Sex Scene - Video."

    Don't see it? Zoom in on that bottom right corner:

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