Today is the 25th anniversary of the invention of the first emoticon. http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm for more info. The whole thing is pretty amusing, but particularly the moniker "Digital Coelacanth Project."
I did actually know about International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I did the pirate thing with my kids last year. But they're with their other mother tonight, so I have nobody to talk like a pirate to :-(.