Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Yarrrr! Ripley’s Launches Pirate Talk Contest

SAN FRANCISCO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Yarrrr! A contest asking people to talk like a pirate for booty will certainly float the boat of some.

Organizers of the Ripley’s Talk Like A Pirate Contest are looking for men, women and children to deliver their best pirate impersonation in exchange for a bounty of booty.

Ripley’s spokesman Tim O’Brien says interest has already been amazing, because as he puts it, “It’s weird. It’s unusual. Hell, it’s Ripley’s.”

The first round takes place at the San Francisco Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum on June 18. Other contests will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on June 25, and in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on July 2. At each event, a treasure trove of $1,800 will be given away.

If all goes well, the contest will become an annual event across the U.S. with national finals in Los Angeles.

Although pirates were the trash-talking seamen of their day, O’Brien warns contestants not to use too much salty talk, saying, “Remember, it’s a family event.”

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