You might hear people talking like pirates around Mid-Michigan today. It is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
The parody holiday began more than two decades ago as a joke between two friends John Baur (Ol' Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap'n Slappy) of Oregon in 1995.
Talking like a pirate will score you some free chicken or fish today. Long John Silver's is celebrating by giving away a free piece of Alaskan Whitefish or Chicken at participating restaurants. If you show up dressed like a pirate, you will get a free 2-piece fish or chicken basket. Speaking like a buccaneer will also score you a free glazed donut at most Krispy Kreme locations. However, people dressed like a pirate can score a free dozen donuts.
Facebook is also getting in on the fun. Users can log into accounts in pirate mode.