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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A dangerous coincidence

Coincidence in the sense that they coincide, not that their coinciding is by chance:

Today, as you know, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day*.

It is also the official publication date for Saints Behaving Badly**, which as you'll recall includes the story of St. Olaf. He was a Viking***.

I need hardly point out the risk this poses of rekindling the Great Pirates vs. Viking Debate.

*. It is not, however, International Type Like a Pirate Day, which is why this blog is pirate lingo free.
**. In case you thought that was about the worst title possible, The Way of the Fathers demonstrates that it could have been called Saint Misbehavin'.
***. Note that "viking" is also a verb, meaning basically "acting like a Viking," though I don't think "to vike" quite made it into English, which is a shame.