20 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Pirates

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6. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a thing

Yes, there really is an International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It’s held each year on September 19 and people are invited to say “arrr!” as often as they can. Michigan State officially acknowledges the day, it’s a holiday for Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster adherents, and you can select “Pirate” as a language option on Google and Facebook.

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7. Julius Caesar was captured by pirates

It was 75 BC when the Roman Julius Caesar was seized by pirates while sailing in the Mediterranean. The pirates had no idea who they’d taken and requested a payment of 20 talents for his release. Caesar is said to have thought this hilarious and offered them 50. After he was freed, he captured his pirate kidnappers and had them crucified.

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