It was a fine showing for International Talk Like a Pirate Day today: the increasingly-hallowed September 19 event that affords the toiling masses of white collar stooges to let their skull and bones flag fly, saying things like "ahoy, matey" and "arr" around the water cooler. Today had some odd participants you might not expect out of an Internet nerd movement, so let's get started on today's moonlighting pirates:
Republicans Not letting a strategic opportunity go to waste, Florida Republican Congressman Dennis Ross used Talk Like a Pirate day to assail the president's deficit speech. "Perhaps the Pres misunderstood. It is TALK like a pirate day.. not ACT like one. Watch ye purses & bury yr loot, the taxman cometh #humor." A tip for the Congressman, if you have to stipulate #humor, you're doing something wrong.*
Cats Right on point, Buzz Feed rounds up 20 cats feeling extra pirate-like today.
Journalists Ok, nothing surprising about newshounds flaunting their meme cred. Firing off the first shot, Hotline's Reid Wilson got the day started early wishing everyone a "happy Talk Like a Pirate day," earning him a kindly retweet by NBC News' Chuck Todd. Slate's Dave Weigel used the opportunity to make a Goldman Sachs quip "'Hi, my name is Lloyd Blankfein.' #TalkLikeAPirateDay." Tekzilla host Veronica Belmont was rather fatigued. "Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day, and I just can't seem to mustARRRR the enARRRRRgy. #sorry #arrrr" with Search Engine Land editor Danny Sullivan agreeing "i'm too tired to talk like a pirate today. matey."