International pirates, a gospel, and a flying spaghetti monster

The Flying Spaghetti Monster: His Noodly Appendage and Michelangelo. A parody of Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam.' ARTIST: Arne Niklas Jansson

The Flying Spaghetti Monster: His Noodly Appendage and Michelangelo. A parody of Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam.’ ARTIST: Arne Niklas Jansson

By Gemma Hall

Pirates, a flying spaghetti monster, and a new religion celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. The worldwide celebration is just as it describes; a day dedicated to speaking like, acting like, and if particularly dedicated, dressing like a pirate.

International Talk Like A Pirate Day originated in the United States in 1995 between close friends, or rather matey’s, John Baur and Mark Summers, over a game of racquetball.

For several years, the Talklikeapirate.com founders celebrated quietly until Baur found the email address of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and New York Times columnist, Dave Berry.

Berry’s ‘Arrrrr! Talk like a pirate — or prepare to be boarded’ was published in the feature section of the Miami Herald and Talk Like A Pirate Day rapidly became a worldwide recognised holiday.

Talk Like A Pirate Day went overboard and became International Talk Like A Pirate Day. International Talk Like A Pirate Day boasts a global involvement rate, including the use of the day by many charity organisations worldwide for fund raising.

Shiver-me-timbers!

Oregon State University graduate, Bobby Henderson protested to the  Kansas State Board of Education that Intelligent Design was being introduced into the science curriculum of public schooling, detailing his parodied belief in the existence of a higher entity he described as a Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Henderson’s protests went unanswered, but a blog post led to book contract from Villard to write the satirical, and now religious text, The Gospel of The Flying Spaghetti Monster. 

Proceeding the publication of the Gospel, The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was born. As described on the Church website:

“By design, the only dogma allowed in the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the rejection of dogma. That is, there are no strict rules and regulations, there are no rote rituals and prayers and other nonsense. Every member has a say in what this church is and what it becomes.”

The Church of the Flying Spagetti Monster became “the world’s fastest growing carbohydrate based religion.” Often accused of being a mock-religion, Pastafarians, followers of the yet-to-be recognised religion, describe their faith as a reasonably light-hearted belief system, refer to their creator, The Flying Spaghetti Monster, as ‘His Noodly Appendage,’ and have the option of wearing colanders on their heads as a religious head piece.

Henderson maintains that pirates were the ‘original Pastafarians’, and theorises that the cause of a reduction in the number of pirates worldwide since the 1800s is a result of an increase in global warming and natural disasters.

The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster consequently recognises International Talk Like A Pirate Day as a particularly significant holiday.

National Australian Captain of The Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Tanya Watkins says the celebration is additionally ceremonious this year, because the Church considers Friday’s as a Religious Holiday, and this year International Talk Like A Pirate Day falls on a Friday.

“It’s a very important day, because pirates are very important to Pastafarians. And every Friday is Holy Day, where we get together and drink beer and eat pasta – so International Talk Like A Pirate Day on a Friday this year – is twice as good, “ she says.

“There are a couple of events [around the Nation] that have been planned. People basically get dressed up as pirates and go out and meet each other and just have a bit of fun – that’s one of the main things about the Church; it’s that everything should be fun.”

International Talk Like A Pirate Day celebrations in Australia run all day on Friday September 19th. Whether you’re a Pastafarian, celebrating to donate for charity, or you just arrrr, International Talk Like A Pirate Day is for any first-mates or scalawags; whatever floats your boat.

Yo-ho-ho.