By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:32 pm Mon, Aug 23, 2010
Look at this: they misspelled "capitalize!" (Via Cake Wrecks)
This looks like my handwriting, actually. Can’t keep to a straight line if my life depends on it.
Ah, yes… the old “stage direction mistaken for dialogue” gag.
Still works! Especially poignant when immortalized in tasty icing. Still, here’s a vital tip: if you’re farming out your cake decorating jobs and you care enough to include written punctuation instructions, please ensure the decorator is better at decorating cakes than you are. Mistakes aside, that’s some pretty wretched icemanship.
When I see stuff like this, I’m more inclined to believe that they’re fake. Not photoshopped, but intentionally created that way by someone who knows how to decorate cakes (not a very difficult skill to learn) who then takes the pics themselves and uploads them either for lulz or hits to their blog.
Or maybe someone even gave the decorator explicit instructions to misspell words or spell out what sounds like cake instructions on the cake.
Especially the “Happy birthday on both” one that very suspiciously only has a picture of one cake. If they really did both cakes that way, why didn’t they take pics of both of them? Or one pic that got both of them in frame? It just doesn’t make sense.
Yeah, I’m with you. A lot of these blogs-turned-books (or about to be, or wannabe), even if they’re not making it up themselves, probably turn a less-skeptical eye to submissions like this. Heck, with most of these (lightly-decorated sheet cakes), it would be pretty trivial to scrape the writing off and re-do it.
you could be right with your scepticism. but what do you make of this one:
i saw a bus the other day that had a black, aggressive ad all over, that spelled out each side you were looking on, in bright white and with quotation marks.
ok, you might make of it that i am lying to you. that’s what i thought my eyes were doing to me. this was so incredibly hilarious.
being the only one who can’t stop laughing loud at a crowded bus stop is such a treat.
We once had a ‘Celebrate the Depletion of the Ozone Layer’ heat wave party back in my uni days. We instructed the cake decorator to write those words, but it when we picked it up it said ‘Celebrate the Depilation’, instead. We should have all got brazilians to complete the night.
So, all you skeptics up there: Are we to assume that because things could be submitted or published online, no honest-to-goodness funny incidents occur anymore? Wow. The rest of the twenty-first century is going to suck.
Of course not. But there are a lot of people who are willing to make things up (even if it’s just insisting that a decades- or even centuries-old urban legend happened to a friend of a friend), and plenty of other people who are willing to pass it on, and will even get upset if you respond with a link to Snopes.com. This American Life did a segment on America’s Funniest Home Videos, the prototype for user-contributed content blogs, in which the producers described the fakes which they get (and how they spot them). An excessive credulity, like a foolish consistency, is the hobgoblin of small minds.
I can confirm the following instance of “stage direction taken for dialogue”, with misspelling, having seen it myself:
Everyone at the party had a good laugh about it.
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