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Michigan to officially recognize 'Talk Like a Pirate Day'

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Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp. Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp.
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

We may not get the day off from work, but Michigan residents can now officially celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day" this September.

That's because a resolution brought forward by Sen. Roger Kahn, R-Saginaw Twp., was approved by legislators on Tuesday.

"Talk Like a Pirate Day" is celebrated on Sept. 19 and has gained increasing popularity ever since humorist Dave Barry mentioned it in a newspaper column back in 2002, according to the TLAPD's web site.

Khan celebrated the passage by taking the podium Tuesday while wearing a black eye patch and saying, "It's time, and now recognized, that the state of Michigan acknowledges this holiday and grants it the recognition it truly deserves."

Kahn pointed out that Michigan is the Great Lakes state and should support and promote "worthy maritime initiatives."

Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing, however, didn't think very highly of the resolution. "I just want to thank the senator from the 32nd District for making the most compelling argument he could for a part-time legislature," Whitmer said.

Arrrr... government.

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