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National Meow Like A Pirate Day, Ever Heard Of It?

Have you ever wondered where these constant and ridiculous national holidays come from? They all have to start somewhere, but where? September 19th is one of the weirdest ones around, so we’ve decided to break down just how “National Meow Like a Pirate Day” was able to become a “national holiday”.

It all started with a game of racquetball, matey…

You would think (or at least hope) that there would be some hilarious backstory to this unique holiday, but really it all started with two guys and a game of racquetball. Meow Like a Pirate Day is a weird adaptation of Talk Like a Pirate Day. A day where, you guessed it, everyone (that cares to participate) talks like a pirate. It all started with two men by the name of John Baur and Mark Summers. On June 6, 1995, the men were playing a rather competitive game of racquetball in an attempt to lose some weight and be healthier.

Racquetball, as you may know, can turn into an intense game very quickly (two of us in the office turn from friends to enemies instantly when playing). John and Mark were playing a hard fought game when one of them pulled a muscle going for a low shot, they yelled “Argh!” as they fell to the ground. The two guys thought it was hilarious and began bagging on each other in pirate slang. As they played on, they found their games to be more fun and entertaining when they played while only speaking in pirate lingo. Check out this quick timeline of how National Today describes this obscure holiday coming to life.


Talk Like a Pirate Day was invented. As the National Day went on through the years, cat owners found it even funnier to dress their feline friends in pirate attire. And here we are, Meow Like a Pirate Day, and Talk Like a Pirate Day sharing the spotlight. This day lives on as an excuse to relieve the stressors in our lives, and allow for laughter within the workplace and in the home. As we all know, sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.

We encourage you all to try meowing like a pirate to the person next to you. We can promise you all will crack a smile. 


The Lilly Brush Team