The bizarre story of Trump’s plagiarized inauguration cake

It all started when baker Duff Goldman of Ace Of Cakes fame tweeted out this photo:

As Goldman points out, Donald Trump's inauguration cake looks suspiciously like the one he made for Barack Obama in 2013. But the story got even better when the bakery that made the cake in question chimed in too:

Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night's inaugural balls. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one. @duff_goldman originally created this for Obama's inauguration 4 years ago and this years committee commissioned us to re-create it. Best part is all the profits are being donated to @humanrightscampaign, one of our favorite charities who we have loved working with over the years. Because basic human rights are something every man, woman and child~ straight, gay or the rainbow in between~ deserve!

A photo posted by Buttercream Bakeshop (@bttrcrmbakeshop) on Jan 21, 2017 at 7:35am PST

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Excited to share the cake we got to make for one of last night's inaugural balls. While we most love creating original designs, when we are asked to replicate someone else's work we are thrilled when it is a masterpiece like this one.

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Supergirl actress Melissa Benoist brought the best sign to Saturday’s Women’s March

Opening up Instagram to this photo while arriving at the Women’s March on Chicago was easily one of the best parts of my weekend. Melissa Benoist plays Kara Zor-El a.k.a. Supergirl on The CW series, and it’s really cool to see her modeling the show’s female-empowerment message in real life too.

💪#womensmarchonwashington

A photo posted by Melissa Benoist (@melissabenoist) on Jan 21, 2017 at 7:43am PST

As a bonus: Ian McKellen’s sign was also just about perfect:

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Remember: Leia is watching

This image by photographer Kevin Mazur is one of the most stunning photos to emerge from the Women’s March on Washington. Mark Hamill had this to say about his space sister's image being used at so many marches:

You can see more of Mazur’s work on his website.

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The Women’s March on Washington was two or three times bigger than Trump’s inauguration

Photos have already emerged documenting just how many more people attended Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration than Donald Trump’s 2017 one, but this gif from CNN proves the Women’s March on Washington crowd totally dominated Trump's too:

The two photos were both taken in the same place at 12:15 p.m. EST one day apart. The difference is yuge. And, yes, both images feature the infamous white plastic White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed makes crowds look smaller. Vox is reporting the Women's March on Washington was about twice as big as Trump's inauguration, with a crowd of around 500,000 attending the Women's March. Meanwhile The New York Times—which has a lower estimate of Trump's crowd size—believes the Washington Women’s March was actually three times larger than the inauguration.

USA Today is reporting that in total Women's Marches around the world had a turn out of around 2.6 million people at 673 marches in all 50 states and 32 countries. Read the rest

Watch soothing waves roll past a ship’s porthole

http://lucybellwood.tumblr.com/post/155632412967/rosy-morning-porthole-view

Just in case you need something to calm you down today.

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Listen to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s catchy salute to The West Wing

For The West Wing Weekly podcast, co-host Hrishikesh Hirway created an extended remix of the podcast’s theme song then had West Wing superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda write and record an ode to the Aaron Sorkin series. I'll be listening to this on a non-stop loop for the next four years. You can download both a clean or explicit version of the song right here. Read the rest

This sign just about sums it up

This is a Photoshop edit rather than an actual church sign, but either way, it hits the nail on the head. Read the rest

Activists threw a queer dance party outside Mike Pence’s house on Wednesday

Equal parts defiant and celebratory, activists chose to protest incoming Vice President Mike Pence by throwing a queer dance party outside his rented D.C. house. The protest was organized by Werk For Peace, a grassroots organization created in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Founder Firas Nasr told Mic: “The work that we do is about taking our bodies out of the private into the public, using the street as our dance floor to claim space, occupy space to assert we are here and we will dance.” Pence is infamous for his anti-LGBTQ agenda but rather than merely attack him for his bigotry, the protest joyfully celebrated the queer community instead.

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Here’s your soundtrack for Inauguration Day

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Let “Trash Bird” teach you how to be happy

This entry in Reza Farazmand’s ongoing Trash Bird series explains the secret to happiness. You can read more Trash Bird comics on Webtoon. Read the rest

Advice on how to get members of Congress to actually listen to you

In this video for Mic, former Congressman Steve Israel explains the best way to get your representatives’ attention. Calling is good, but talking to them in person is better. Read the rest

Watch the climax of Star Wars alongside an audience from 1977

Boing Boing previously posted about YouTube user William Forsche, who had the forethought to bring a tape recorder to the movie theater back when he was a kid in order to capture the audience’s reaction to the original Star Wars. Well, YouTuber user Homer Thompson took that raw audio and put it alongside the visuals from the Star Wars climax, which provides a much better sense of what the audience is responding to. Han’s appearance gets the most applause, although the audience is pretty jazzed about the Death Star’s destruction too. The whole thing is a reminder of just how mindblowing the original Star Wars was when it first came out. Read the rest

Mesmerizing gif shows off a Newton’s Cradle made from light bulbs

The gif was created from a 2012 project called Asobi by Japanese art student Yasutoki Kariya of Musashino Art University.

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John Green asks: How young is history?

In this new Vlogbrothers video, John Green tries to put human history into perspective. Read the rest

Lesser-known Martin Luther King Jr. quotes celebrate his radical politics

Sick of people whitewashing Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, artist Daniel Rarela created this series featuring quotes from King's “Letter From A Birmingham Jail.” The accompanying images are both historical and contemporary. As Rarela told Mic: “As a graphic designer, I wanted to shatter this false image of a Martin Luther King who everyone loved, never got arrested, was universally popular and made zero privileged people feel uncomfortable or angry enough to want to kill him.”

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Meet Linda Sarsour, one of the women organizing the Women’s March On Washington

Palestinian-American Muslim activist Linda Sarsour is one of the co-chairs of the massive Women’s March On Washington D.C. on January 21. And Vox shared this profile of one of her biggest achievements: Getting New York public schools to recognize Muslim holidays. Read the rest

Dinosaurs make the perfect travel companions

On his Instagram, photographer Jorge Saenz spices up his travel photos with the help of some dinosaur friends. You can see all the images on the #dinodinaseries hashtag.

... Dino: the support of this healthy coexistence is not only enough grass... Brachy: It is also fundamental to know how to share it... ... Dino: La base de esta saludable convivencia no es solo el pasto suficiente... Brachy: También es fundamental saber compartirlo... ... #dinodinaseries ... #dinosaur #brachiosaurus #toydinosquad #toydinosaur #photomobile #argentina #cordoba #embalse #paleontology #instagram #asuncion #hartcollective #hikaricreative #tea_journals #outofthephone #instagramjapan #dinosaurio #onlyiphone #iphone5se #1415mobilephotographers #1415 #food #sharing #igersjurasic

A photo posted by Jorge Saenz (@jorgesaenzpy) on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:32am PST

... Rapty: I'm so tired of your mess, Spiny!! It' impossible to live with you... Spiny: I'm sorry, because I try to be ordered everyday... ... #dinodinaseries ... #instagram #outofthephone #dinosaur #dinosaurio #toydinosquad #spinosaur #raptor #jurassic #photomobile #paleontology #instagramjapan #onlyiphone #iphone5se #1415mobilephotographers #1415 #igersjurasic

A photo posted by Jorge Saenz (@jorgesaenzpy) on Dec 2, 2016 at 3:36am PST

.. Dino: "E pur si muove" said Galileo... Dinoldo: By the moment...We stay better over it.. ... Dino: "E pur si muove" (pero se mueve) dijo Galileo... Dinoldo: mejor estar arriba que abajo... ... #dinodinaseries . ... #dinosaur #iPhonemovie #brachiosaurus #instagram #pachicephalosaurus #bridge #asuncion #paraguay #toydinosquad #toydinosaur #galileo #hyperlapse #instagramjapan

A video posted by Jorge Saenz (@jorgesaenzpy) on Dec 7, 2016 at 6:13am PST

... Dino: why nobody can stop and take us? Dinoldo: because we are strangers (it's Monday...) ...

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