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How to Enable Facebook's 'Pirate' Mode!

It's Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day, and Facebook is celebrating with a hidden Pirate Mode for scurvy dogs. Here's how to enable it.

Yar! Today be international (!) Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day, and that means an insufferable day o' funny talkin' from yer Hassle-Free captain. Aye!

Even Facebook be gettin' in on the fun, with a little hidden treasure in the form of a secret pirate mode! If ye be tired of Cap'n Zuckerberg's plain English, here's how ye scurvy dogs can mutiny.

Scroll ye cursor to the briny bottom of the Facebook page, all the way down to where them lubbers has typed English (US). Click ye that link o' blue, then find ye the scrawl marked English (Pirate). Click ye again with that vile ship-infestin' vermin.

Arrrr! Now yer status be your Captain's Log. Yer friends be yer mateys, yer upcoming events yer Looming Grog Fests. I'll not spoil the rest o' the surprises for ye, mateys. But if this don't put ye in the pirate spirit, then I be makin' ya walk th' plank.

When ye's ready to sail back to Facebook's old ways, just repeat the clickin', but in reverse. Yo-ho-ho!

Contributing Editor Rick Broida writes about business and consumer technology. Ask for help with your PC hassles at hasslefree@pcworld.com, or try the treasure trove of helpful folks in the PC World Community Forums. Sign up to have the Hassle-Free PC newsletter e-mailed to you each week.

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