Monday, November 10, 2008

Marine Wild Life: The Big 2-3-3!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm indebted to reader Amy O. for not only informing me that today is the Marine Corps' birthday, but for also providing a little Wreckage to go with! Now, her e-mail was positively loaded with important-sounding acronyms, but from what I could decipher she gets to inspect some of the DFAC's (that's dining facilities) cakey creations over in Iraq - you know, when she's not defending truth, justice, and top-secret acronym-creations.

To be fair, this isn't too bad. Someone just hit the "align right" button before piping in "Devil Dogs":

(That little smudgie next to the "s" is supposed to be an exclamation mark.) There are more spacing issues around the logo, too, and speaking of which... Uh, Amy, I think I need to look up the Marines' logo again, because that bit below the eagle looks like a...well... [shifty eyes]

Never mind. I got enough flak today for the Mario Lopez eye candy remark. ;)

SO...how 'bout that wonky "s" and "f" in "semper fi", eh? I mean, hey, what's THAT all about?
KIM :-) said...

A little crazy cake, but yea for acknowledging the USMC Birthday!!! My husband is fighting for our truth, justice, and all that jazz right now! :-)

RooManda said...

uhh. The eagle has landed on a #2!

morga said...

Predicting a giant outcry in 3..2..



(but it really does look like...you know...)

All Adither said...

They're trying to make it look Greek, yo.

Angie (from over at www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

heartafire said...

Well, let's hope you don't get too much flak over your "flaq" mithspelling.

T.M. said...

That's a pretty sad looking EGA (Eagle, Globe, & Anchor for you non-acronym using types).

Gooberfishbowl said...

Hey, at least it looks like it's not done in fondant!

Seriously, though, a projector and a grid can help anyone align correctly. Is it so hard?

Jen said...

@ heartafire:

Oops.

:)

Wolf said...

Happy Birth Day to my fellow Marines.

Semper Fi.


And yeah, that anchor looks a little.. ok A LOT off.}:P

Deborah Godin said...

Well, they had good intentions, I guess. As for the the logo - I don't know enough about the real thing to know what all those splootches of frosting are "supposed to be" so I'll just say that I would have chosen a different "font" for the "FI"

Robyn said...

They probably weren't hired by Wilton.

But hey, at least that one looks edible. Just avoid the, um, Eagle-ish area.

Juliet said...

Wow. That anchor (if that is the anchor and not what it really looks like) does look like it's done some deep sea diving, wink wink.

Carol said...

Is no one else concerned about the questionable line of smoke coming out of that eagle's beak? Terrible!

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I don't believe "flaq" is a word...
-Deb

Abbi said...

Like to say Happy Birthday to my hubby who served 8 years in the corp! (But the cake... ouch... but knowing Marines, they found the hilarity in all of it, and ate it too!)

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

THAT was an anchor??? I need to go get our boat out of storage and double check what's been keeping us "secure" all this time....

Audrey said...

Happy Birthday Marines!!

mackie said...

that was supposed to be an anchor?!?
um, a strangely "happy" anchor?
and oddly poo-colored.

(real word verification: throw
cool!)

Donna said...

And "Dogs" looks like it's written larger than "devil"

Happy Birthday DevilDOGS!

I wonder if the cake was decorated by an Army or Navy veteran to emphasize Dogs that way.

Jared said...

It looks like the eagle has ripped off somebody's nutsack. That's just priceless.

Mari said...

Oh, anchor! Thanks for explaining, wolf. I looked at this cake in a large size and the anchor looked pornographic.

An Apron Straitjacket said...

you've got to be pretty brave to wreck a USMC cake. Lordy, I know I wouldn't want a bunch of unhappy Marines knowing where I worked.

Happy B-day USMC!

Becca said...

That EGA is seriously wrong. The eagle is not supposed to be bigger than the earth. And those continets ate supposed to be north and south America. The anchore and the rope around it look so very wrong, in many ways!

Honestly though, the birthday balls I went to most of us were to drunk to notice what the cake looked like.

At least everything is spelled correctly, even though centering is obviously a problem.

Lisa said...

Hiya. First time posting, long time fan here. This cake brought me out of lurking.

I work on a Marine base (the hubby is one) and...yeah. The anchor is definitely wonky. Especially to those of us who see it every day at work. ^^

--Lisa

Lisa said...

Hiya. First time posting, long time fan here. This cake brought me out of lurking.

I work on a Marine base (the hubby is one) and...yeah. The anchor is definitely wonky. Especially to those of us who see it every day at work. ^^

--Lisa

Crystal said...

That "questionable line of smoke" is supposed to be a banner with Semper Fidelis written in it, heh. I'm the proud wife of a Marine (didn't get close enough to see the cake last night at our ball, though...) and that's just....hilarious. The anchor - oh lordy. *giggle*

Fluffy Cow said...

A valiant attempt...

Andrea said...

Ahhhh, cakes in Iraq. My husband sent a few pics of some while he was over there. One got damaged in an alarm...a srgnt. was carrying the cake, alarm went off, she ever so gently placed the cake on the ground, then went into panic mode and dove herself to the ground...landing ON TOP of the cake!!! I laughed oh so hard at the pic of that cake!

Dea said...

Jen - go with the "flaq for the reference to Iraq" purposeful mis-spelling! LOL!

Seen worse, but at least it's apropos to the date! :D Happy birthday Marines! Thank you for your service! Enjoy your (strange) cake!!!

ehudwill said...

That is a huge cake. Even if you avoided the odd bit beneath the eagle you could still pig out.

Anne said...

It is Marine Corps, not Marine Corp. It isn't a corporation.

Anonymous said...

This might the first time I've ever seen anything in Latin appear with an exclamation mark.

Semper fi, y'all!

evil cake lady said...

is it just me or does the cake look oddly not rectangular?
and that's supposed to be an anchor?

Anonymous said...

For those wondering, this is the emblem of the USMC:

http://www.mclcb.org/images/marine%20corps%20logo.jpg

and lol, andrea, the panic-mode cake story cracks me up!!

~daughter of a marine, and I share a birthday with USMC (you'd think that'd help my dad remember it!)

Jeff said...

i should point out that United States and "Marine Corps" are supposed to be centered at the top and bottom of the seal...oops.

oh yeah, and the "continents" on the globe look more like the eagle ate some bad cake...and maybe some corn.

-Jeff (USMC)

Denise said...

Poor eagle. He;s just dropping a giant turd of freedom... probably on Afghanistan.

jackie31337 said...

Gooberfishbowl said Seriously, though, a projector and a grid can help anyone align correctly. Is it so hard?

Ah, so that's the secret! I honestly had no idea how decorators produced perfectly-aligned cakes. I thought maybe they had just developed an advanced sense of spacing and alignment over time. In hindsight, it's blindingly obvious. :)

Stew said...

Y'know.. I can't really complain about the emblem, but centering "Marine Corps" ? Would that really have been so hard.. ?

Trevor said...

Oddly enough, it's not the anchor under the eagle that bothers me. It's the F in Fi. It looks like someone was trying to do a vine or something. It just doesn't look very Marine like to me.

Alix said...

Pardon my vertigo eyes, but this cake looks like a saloon sign hanging outside the Officer's Pastry Club.

Another reson to love our Military tho.

Alixandra Hice
http://casahice.blogspot.com

Jenna said...

Oohrah =)

Anonymous said...

I think I`m being sexually frustrated or something...I keep seeing naughty bits on cakes O_O
And the...thing below the eagle? Ow.


SK

Amy said...

And here I was, thinking the Eagle had landed on a giant ball of yarn with God only knows what sticking out of it.
~Amy B

Anonymous said...

Hey Jen, also did you notice the "233rd" spelling mistake on top of the cake? I think you forgot...

Cesar

Anonymous said...

I guess this is what happens when you let men decorate/come up with an idea for a cake. Especially a bunch of Marines. It'll still get eaten in the end so I guess thats all that matters. Hopefully I won't have one to contribute after this weekend. That EGA is a little FUBAR haha. along with the 'S' and 'F' in Semper Fi.

Happy Birthday Marine Corps :)

-Justine R.

Katie Nichols said...

the last part means to marines everywhere. I watch to much NCIS.

Ellen C. said...

Semper Fidelis is Latin for "Always Faithful"