It’s “Don’t Talk Like a Pirate Day!”

We all saw Homer Bailey’s no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates last night. The Pittsburgh Pirates have fallen from first place in their division to being completely out of the playoffs and, last night at least, completely out of hits. It can’t get any worse than that…can it?

Oh yes! It can!

On this day in 61 B. C., Pompey the Great celebrated his third triumph for victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars on his 45th birthday.

Drink 4cast 4 2day.

A bad 24 hours for pirates is still a big day for Pompey! Let’s have a;

Pompey Royale Cocktail

3 oz. Champagne

1 oz. pomegranate juice

½ oz. passion fruit juice

1/3 oz. raspberry syrup

1 tsp caster sugar

Dissolve the sugar in the juices and add to a champagne saucer with champagne and syrup.


A couple of other items of interest;

–          Today in 1951, the first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast in the United States, a college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh, was televised on NBC. I believe Pompey the Great may have started at quarterback for Duke.

–          It’s Inventor’s Day in Argentina. That’s gotta be a tough day to fill.

Lots of birthdays;

–          Mononymous artists Tintoretto (1518) and Caravaggio (1571) were born today. Last names were invented by an Argentinian inventor several years later…or perhaps by Pompey (whose last name was “the Great”).

–          Lazlo Biro, inventor of the ball-point pen, was born today in 1899. He was Hungarian, not Argentinian.

–          Miguel de Cervantes was born today in 1547. Mr. Cervantes wrote DON QUIXOTE (reputedly not with a ball-point pen).

–          And of course there was Pompey the Great, born today in 106 B. C.

I’m his agent.




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