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Snag free Krispy Kreme doughnuts Monday for International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Yes, there's an International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

And the best way to celebrate it is to dress up like a marauder and get free food.

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 For all who "speak ye pirate," Krispy Kreme is offering a free original glazed doughnut. Those who dress like a pirate will receive a dozen free glazed doughnuts.

According to the doughnut chain, customers must include at least three of the following elements: 

  • Eye patch
  • Pirate hat
  • Pirate flag
  • Bandana
  • Peg leg
  • Parrot on shoulder
  • Pirate shirt or loose white shirt
  • Knickers
  • Leather belt
  • Silver and gold necklaces and earrings
  • Pirate hook
  • Pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals

SnapChat users can also use a custom Krispy Kreme Snapchat pirate filter to "dress up," according to the event page. Customers who present a photo with the pirate filter can also qualify for a dozen original glazed doughnuts.  

In addition to the chance to score freebies, Krispy Kreme is offering the Pirate Doughnut, a filled doughnut decorated with a pirate face. Another doughnut, the Skull and Crossbones Doughnut, is topped with chocolate icing and finished with white icing and a skull candy piece.

The deal is valid at all chain locations in the U.S. and Canada only on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Sept. 19.

Long John Silver's is offering a similar deal. Customers who talk like a pirate will receive a free fish tender or a piece of chicken, and those who dress like a pirate will receive a free two-piece fish or chicken basket.

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Olive Garden serves first responders free food on Labor Day

Firefighters and paramedics across the country didn't have to worry about who would cook lunch on Labor Day.

Representatives from Olive Garden restaurants prepared and delivered complete pasta and salad lunches to first responders Monday, continuing a tradition the national chain started 15 years ago.

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More than 800 Olive Garden restaurants nationwide served their local first responders a special "thank you" lunch for their ongoing, dedicated service to the community. Restaurant chain officials said they have served more than 10,000 free meals since the program started in 2002.

For first-responders at the Fairfield Fire Department in Ohio, the efforts of the restaurant and its employees were greatly appreciated.

"We as a department definitely appreciate it, especially on holidays like this when we get busy" firefighter and paramedic Briana Molfetta told the Journal-News. 

Several pans of spaghetti, fettuccine Alfredo, meatballs, sausage and chicken were set up by Olive Garden employees at the Fairfield Fire Station No. 2, where Molfetta works. They also prepared bowls of salad and bags of bread sticks. Thirty minutes after the food arrived, 15 firefighters and medics, plus one Fairfield police officer, had eaten most of the food.

Molfetta said she was one of the last to eat because her lunch break was delayed because she was on a medic run. 

"We get busy, especially on holidays. It helps us out. It was nice to come back from a run to a hot meal," she said.

Lt. Jamie Ruhl called the prepared lunch "a nice break" for the firefighters, especially on a holiday.

Jessica Adamson, a cook at Olive Garden, said she was "very proud and honored" to serve the firefighters. She applauded her company for supporting the first responders.

"It's a very good cause -- giving back to them because they do it every day for us," Adamson said.

'Capitol Fourth' wasn't totally live

An Independence Day tradition that millions tune in to see every year may have left some a little disappointed. 

That's because if you watched "A Capitol Fourth" from the comfort of your own living room, you weren't watching a fully live showing of the annual fireworks display.

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The Washington, D.C., area was under rain clouds during most of the nation’s birthday, so to help fill out the show, PBS added video from previous years' fireworks displays for its live stream, WRC reported.

THE FIREWORKS HAVE BEGUN OVER WASHINGTON, DC!!!! #July4thPBS pic.twitter.com/dZQ4J3Af6o— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Viewers went to Twitter and Facebook to point out that the fireworks couldn't have been live because the sky was clear in the video, while the capital was overcast and foggy Monday.

PBS admitted that the show was a "combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years."

We showed a combination of the best fireworks from this year and previous years. It was the patriotic thing to do. #July4thPBS— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

pic.twitter.com/qzrykdW9Cy— A Capitol Fourth (@July4thPBS) July 5, 2016<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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Quiz: Which Fourth of July firework are you?

Ever wonder which Fourth of July firework you're the most like? Take our quiz to find out!

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How do fireworks — work?

Firecrackers are easy: Light the fuse and run. But most firework explosions are a bit more complex.

A Roman candle, for example, burns top-down through several layers of pyrotechnic charges called stars.

The colors in fireworks come from metallic powders. Aluminum burns white. Copper gives fireworks a blue color. Lithium or strontium powder turns them red.

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Mortar shells — the quintessential aerial fireworks you see in the big displays — require careful assembly beforehand.

The arrangement of stars determines what they look like when they burst in midair. A circle-shaped pattern yields a circular firework. Star-shaped patterns give up star-shaped fireworks, and so on.

The timing of what explodes when and with what force can be controlled with precise fuses and thicker wrappings. 

Even the noise fireworks make depend on what they're made of. Certain fuels, for example, can make flying fireworks sound like they're whistling.

Glow sticks instead of fireworks? The safety advice you need to know

Parents looking for safer or legal alternatives to fireworks during the holiday weekend could be tempted to turn to glow sticks.

While glow sticks and glow jewelry can be a less fiery way to light up the holiday evenings, an Oklahoma poison center wants parents to be mindful.

The Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information said poison centers manage increasing numbers of calls about exposure to the chemicals inside glow products during Independence Day weekend.

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“Because of their attractive shapes and colors, glow products are very tempting for children to place in the mouth,” the center said in a release. “In doing so, the child may bite into and puncture the product, allowing the liquid to leak out and be swallowed or splash into the eye.”

Seeing a child with a glowing liquid coating their mouth can be extremely concerning, but the center says a mouthful of the liquid is “minimally toxic” and should only cause minor mouth, throat or skin irritation.

Any liquid on the skin should be washed off with soap and water. If swallowed, parents should gently wipe skin around the mouth and give the child something to drink.

If splashed into the eyes, the glow liquid needs to be thoroughly irrigated.

Call a local poison control center immediately for treatment recommendations following any exposure to glow products.

Additionally, observe children closely to help prevent glow product mishaps that could cause a fun day to end painfully.

June 21 is National Selfie Day

If you don't already see enough selfies on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines, get ready to see a surge of them Tuesday.  

June 21 is National Selfie Day.

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According to Bustle, you're more likely to snag the perfect selfie with good lighting, a good background and the use of flattering filters.

One of the best and most retweeted selfies was Ellen DeGeneres' photo of more than a handful of celebrities at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie-Pitt, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyongo, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Kevin Spacey were among the stars snapped in the selfie.

"If only Bradley's arm was longer," DeGeneres captioned the picture. "Best photo ever."

Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" the word of the year in 2013.

This is the second year National Selfie Day has been observed.

Dads are embarrassing -- just ask these children

Let's be honest: Dads can be pretty embarrassing.

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For all of the wonderful things they do, there are also plenty of cringe-worthy moments. For example, dads sometimes sneeze dramatically -- in public. Dads have been known to humiliate their kids in front of their crushes. And according to one woman, her father yells at strangers from the porch.

Newsy talked to children of all ages about some of the embarrassing things dads do and some of the more positive things that make them so special.

Watch the video below to get all the feels.

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