Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oh, the Irony

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Oh, they're feeling appreciated, alright.

Or at least in need of some red icing.


Thank goodness the Drink Club found a baker who really gets into the spirit(s):

(Hey, so that's where the missing "c" went!)


Double your pleasure, double your pun: Hey, Glendale, your weight is over!

The question is: how do you define, "Bigest Loser?"


Say, does this next cake remind you guys of anything?

Anything at all?


Just curious.


And finally, there are many ways to spell the word "irony." This, however, is probably the best one of all:

*headdesk*



Laura B., Audrey C., Nicole V., Katherine C., & Dana A., isn't it ironic? Don'cha think?
Jenniffer said...

That gifted cake actually reminded me of the "Underneat That" cake that started it all!

Shanti said...

Re. the Drunk Club cake - he's not just the decorator, he's also a member.

And who gets someone a cake to celebrate losing weight?!

WV word: marmi. I'm getting Little Women flashbacks.

Anne said...

These are fantastic. Well, fantastically bad. And funny.

That Far Side cartoon is one of my all time favorites.

Sharon said...

I've swapped the vowels,
from the telephone call,
I've brought you creepy, bizarre, and everything that goes with it,
I've wrecked it all.

But it's been no bed of roses,
just swirls of poo.
I consider it a challenge,
how do you spell that?
I have no clue!

Congratu, gradu, radu lations!

We are cake wreckers, my friends.
And we'll keep on wrecking to the end.
Flotsam and Star Trek,
Barbie and green Shrek.
No time for grammar,
'cause we are cake wreckers
of the world........

Sharon's Edible Art

Suzie said...

OMG! Is that third cake from the same bakery as "the cake that started it all"?

The Boob Nazi said...

Drunck is probably my new favorite way to spell drunk.
ANd I loooveee that Far Side cartoon.

Anonymous said...

When you said "Say, does this next cake remind you guys of anything?", I was hoping you were referring to that Far Side cartoon. Love it!

Suzanne :-) said...

I just had to comment because of the word verification.

dudgi--The spelling on these cakes is a little dudgi.

Abby Normal said...

It’s ironic that so many people argue about the definition of irony.

Classic Steve said...

You sure "drunck" and "Bea" weren't jokes?

WV: aingers -- Inexcusable spelling aingers me.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of Gary Larson, perhaps even the bigest. My favourite is the one when the little Visible Man, who is transparent with all organs, blood vessels, etc. showing through, breaks out of a toy store feeling free and full of optimism yet has no idea that he is about to repulse the world with his visible innards.

CK said...

The Academy of Richmond County is in my hometown! I'm so proud!

Anonymous said...

If you like the Far Side, you might like this http://didntyouhear.com/flickr-is-reenacting-the-far-side

Amanda said...

Jenniffer said the same thing I was going to!! I think it's the same cake with different writing :D

And does anyone else see the irony in a big chocolate cake for the "biggest loser" anyway?

NYCGirl said...

Me too, Jenniffer!

Anonymous said...

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Don't you realize that this post is highly offensive to all drunck teahers whose gifted students were the bigest losers at a spelling bea? For shame.

normie

NYCGirl said...

So I guess we could say about the 'Underneat That' cake "isn't it iconic?" ;)

Crazy Colorado Knitter said...

What's odd and sad is that I *went* to Richmond Acdemy. (Class of 93)

Imagine my surprise that my high school showed up on Cake Wrecks.

Mary Connealy said...

It's gotta be a pun, Jenn.

No doubt young Beatrice (Bea) WON the spelling bee.

I need to believe that.

WendyMom said...

I love that their celebrating the "bigest loser"- weight loss- with a big freakin' chunk of chocolate cake! Way to support us fatties!!

Carol said...

Anyone else think the chocolate one looks like it says "Glendale Digest Loser?"

Candy Hamblin said...

Hmmmm, reminds me of the time I misspelled "illiterate" at my college english program spelling bee. Stage fright, nonetheless.

The Petersons said...

a little too ironic, I REALLY do think....

Kate Halleron said...

Well, while we're making fun of people's spelling, there's no such word as 'alright'.

It's 'all right'.

There. Feel better?

Vicki said...

Midvale School for the Gifted has got to be one of the most memorable Far Side comic. It's funny/sad that I immediately thought of it without Jen's prompting.

And with the first cake how ironic that they got "Appreciation" right (and it's a big word).

ania said...

Oh my goodness! When I started going to a "dedicated" gifted school, my second oldest sister copied that comic and gave it to me.

Anonymous said...

As a gifted student, I'm highly offended. Don't you know how hard it is to be gifted, how people break into a "gifted" accent every time you walk into a room?

Actually, I did go to a magnet high school for science and technology and the school did sell a t-shirt with that Far Side comic on it (with our school's name on the sign). Awesome.

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

Kate Halleron,

Alright has been in use since the 19th century. It is the same contraction as altogether and already but, for some reason, it's still frowned upon. But, of course, horrible inconsistencies in the English language are the rule.

It always irks me that we quibble over words like this but our kids are still saying "ain't got no."

john (the guy with four English teachers in his life including his mom)

Trevor said...

One of my all-time favorite Far Side cartoons. And yes, it made me think of that AND the Cake That Started It ALL (Hereafter only referred to as CTSIA).

Bravo! I didn't even know there was a club for alcholics at school!

Anonymous said...

these bakers ain't got no excuse for these cakes all right!

Michelle said...

I think my "gifted" classroom (the room dedicated to the gifted classes, not that the room was gifted) had that cartoon hanging up. We also had a few Calvin and Hobbes. Memories...

Anne-Marie said...

The Midvale School for the Gifted - one of my many favorite Far Side cartoons!!! And Sharon of Sharon's Edible Art - YOU ROCK!!! Great revised lyrics for "We Are The Champions".

msyendor said...

Sorry. My 2-cents as a *verbatim* transcriptionist

"All right, who's mess is this?" -- off my case! If it's "all right," then it ain't no mess.

"Alright, who's mess is this?" Like, yeah.

And, all together now, when I say I want royal blue, I don't mean baby blue. Because they're altogether as different as a chihuahua is to a bulldog.

Silrette said...

Celebrate Litracy!

Classic Steve said...

@msyendor: That should be "whose," not "who's." :P

WV: bolowig = a combination that I expect a wreck character to wear someday.

Donna said...

OMG OMG OMG!!! I thought of that exact Far Side cartoon when I read the inscription on the gifted cake. That cartoon has been a running joke in my family since the early 1980's.

Big red A+++ for the day!

Molly Malone said...

Holy hell! How can anybody be THAT bad at spelling?! Oh, yeah - icing pipes don't have spellcheck...

Allison said...

Best Far Side cartoon ever. And now, cake to go with it! Hooray!

Anonymous said...

Good thing we found that errant 'c'.

I love Far Side - and that's even one my husband understood. (I usually had to explain them to him)

We have found copies of the panel taped up in various public places.

The errors on the cakes, however, *ahem*. Are we sure they don't do this on purpose? It seems to happen all too often for it not to be planned.

~~Di

Why are we dogging on alright/all right again? Just say "allllllrighty then"!

wv - fedef - I believe I am fedef with grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes.

Suniverse said...

Our daughter goes to the local gifted school, and let me tell you, that Gary Larson cartoon is a FAVORITE among the parents.

I think I need to get drunck.

Penelope said...

That "Acdemy of Richmond County" one really hits home.

My high school's yearbook for my senior year said, quote, "the acdemy of irving". Yeah. Mmhm.

Katie B. Smith said...

OH WHAAA I'm a gifted student too. Learn to laugh at yourself! I think these are hilarious!

All together we will henceforth be spelling drunk D-R-U-N-C-K because it's altogether too good to pass up. Are we all ready for a good laugh, already? Everything will be alright when the words are spelled all right!

betsybrownie said...

Yes! Far Side appearances! Also, anytime I see a spelling error I want red ink, icing, anything! I would've been a teacher but it requires more patience than I possess.

StephakneeSays said...

I second Jenniffer and anyone else who said the "Underneat That" cake that started it all.

Mags said...

I have that Midvale School For the Gifted cartoon as my phone wallpaper - it's one of my favorites! And you're right, that cake would have fit right in there!!

I'd like to join the Drunk Club... or at least do some quality control... :)

Amy said...

Was hoping you were referring to that Far Side cartoon before I scrolled down to it! One of my favorites of all time. :-)

And, sorry, have to disagree with the argument that "alright" is the same contraction as "altogether" and "already." Altogether is not (at least not anymore) a contraction for all together, in that "all together" and "altogether" are different parts of speech that mean different things. For instance, if I wrote "We are altogether" you would think "altogether what?" -- whereas "we are all together" is a complete sentence in itself. Ditto already, e.g. "We have already finished our exams. We are all ready to graduate." So even if "alright" perhaps *should* be a word in the way that altogether and already are, by analogy, it would actually not mean "all right."

Anonymous said...

Great wrecks today! I do have to question the choice of Alanis' lyrics with this fabulous collection ... given that her song was about bad luck, and not irony.

D said...

Yay! I submitted our "Spelling Bea" cake and I'm so glad to see it up here, because it cracked me up!

No, it wasn't a pun or done on purpose... sadly, the kid in the bakery obviously wasn't a "bea" winner himself!

Dana A
LilFamily13.blogspot.com

Nameless said...

Quit whining about "alright". It is in both Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com dictionaries; therefore, it exists. Both sites have a "note" stating that the term is mostly informal but not incorrect. John is 100% correct.

outbackgirl said...

The Midvale School for the gifted is one of my all time favorite Far Sides - thanks for the giggle!

Anonymous said...

That is my FAVORITE FAR SIDE COMIC of all time!!!!! I love that there's a cake to go along with it.

Angie said...

I think the wreckerator on that last cake was so hopped up on icing (did anybody else notice how MUCH there was??) that s/he didn't notice that "bee" was spelled wrong.

(And I just love how people gotta go and ruin a perfectly hilarious post with grammar critiques...)

Mags said...

"Midvale School for the Gifted"... I have the t-shirt, the hat, and an apron... and the cartoon itself has been on my fridge ever since it showed up on my daily calendar.

Love your blog.

Anonymous said...

If we're not supposed to ruin the forum with grammar critiques, how are we supposed to ruin it? with politically correct sensitivity rants, perhaps?

BADKarma! said...

...At least Glendale didn't have a "Bigest Losser"... O_o

WV - deste: These wreckerators are deste-iend to go on to great things. No, really. Seriously. (blinkblink)

Stefiko said...

Haha! More Irony for you all! I went to Midvale!! And that's the exact mistake my peers and I would make!

Liz said...

@ msyendor: I am 100% with you on the royal blue-baby blue thing.

You wouldn't happen to be a fellow Blue Devil would you? :-)

Lori R. said...

What is a covnty?

Anonymous said...

When I saw that cake I immediately thought of Midvale School for the Gifted. AWESOME.

Anonymous said...

I love you Midvale School of the Gifted

Kimberly Chapman said...

Hah, I knew I wouldn't be the only one to notice the alright thing!

It's fair enough to use it colloquially on a blog. Perhaps a bit ironic in a post that's critiquing grammar, but still fair enough.

I used to use it all the time until my editor beat it out of me. It shouldn't be in the formal prose of a book. Even so, a book based on a blog is probably allowed to be more colloquial than a novel. The humour frequently necessitates it.

Now I shall return to writing my characters, who say "all right" but also many other words you would not use on this blog. :D


WV magnity: the baker left the iron spoon in the batter so the cake came out all magnity.

Mrs. Lecours said...

I am a teacher of the gifted and I keep that cartoon on my board. Can't wait to show these cakes to my students.

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

Dear Alrighters,

The dictionaries of the world say that alright is a word.

The spell checks of the world say that alright is a word.

Many English teachers of the world agree that alright is acceptable.

Alright is used in books and periodicals which are edited by actual editors.

Even basic logic says that if already and altogether are words, there is absolutely no reason that alright should not be correct.

Yet the Grammar Nazis cling to this like it's the shining beacon of elegant, eloquent society.

It ain't worth it.

john

Jennifer said...

Please--that cake was for Bea, who spelled 2010.

That Far Side cartoon has always been one of my favorites; thanks for giving me another reason to smile!

Regarding the "Teaher Appreciation"cake, don't you know that there's a large faction of people who believe that grading with red pens is detrimental to student's morale? There's been a campaign going on for a few years now to convince teachers--sorry, "teahers"--to grade with purple pens!

Anonymous said...

I'm not associated with Gary Larson in any way, but I have read something he's posted about how he doesn't want any of his work to be on the internet.
A note from Gary

Just wanted to let you know. :(

Heather said...

Thank you! I needed this! I was having a few *headdesk* moments tonight grading papers. It's nice to know that my students will have a career in cake decorating when I steer them out of nursing.

Anonymous said...

Last time I checked, the English language and its rules weren't set in stone. Look at the word "ain't". Roughly a century ago, it was a word that even polite society used in lieu of saying "am not". These days, it's looked on as an uneducated expression. Every so often I hear that "whom" will become an archaic expression and it will always be "whom". Not wanting to rant, just wanting to point out that only languages that don't want to survive never alter.

Jeff said...

Mispellers of the world, UNTIE!

Craig said...

Anonymous @ 5:44; agreed -- but that was yesterday. Ditto Normie and Anonymous @ 11:50. Serenity Now! :-)

The irony of the 'Spelling Bea' cake is that I have seen an advertisement for 'Aunt Bee's Recipe Book' on a site dedicated to memorabilia from the 'Andy Griffith Show'.

I'm surprised Glendale didn't have a 'bigest looser', given how popular the lose / loose transposition is.

What, no 'to /too' mix-ups? That's to bad. Granted this post is about spelling, not grammar, but a missing (or less commonly, extra) 'o' also counts as a spelling error. That's just an observation, mind -- I'm not about to tell J&J how to run their blog.

Anonymous said...

The last one was the best....made my night!!

Keep them coming!!! :)

Mayzie said...

Let me get this straight...
they spelled "appreciation" correctly, but not "teacher"?

...breathe in, breathe out...

Arlene said...

I have a feeling after seeing these many teachers will want to join that drunck club lol. Scary where they decide to put C's. I suspect whoever made the drunck cake was imbibing the entire time lol. That spelling bee cake was rather pretty, if not the spelling part. And I happened to love yesterday's post :).

Lachelle said...

Love the sight.

Anonymous said...

hoked on fonics worced four me

Daniel King said...

So it strikes me that quite a few of the cake wrecks come from Kroger/Wal-mart/Megastore bakeries.

However, the cakes you feature on Sunday Sweets are always fancy, professionally made cakes by individuals or smaller baking companies.

Why not give a shout out to the megastore bakers that do a really great job churning out cakes with impressive, evenly-spaced, correctly-spelled frosting goodness? Just an idea, because I know quite a number of bakers at those places that are really good at what they do.

Justinian said...

Once again, online enlightenment.

The Far Side + Cake Wrecks. (Swoons)

Anonymous said...

As soon as I saw "gifted" I knew RIGHT where you were headed.

I was totally with you in your Far Side comment post a ways back, too. That was me, too -- hours on the couch with the collections.

Susana

Alisa said...

I wonder if these decorators are the same students who answered the question "What are your plans for the future?" with this answer: I defiantly want to go to collage! :-)


(I am a teacher and I have seen this far too many times from my seniors!)

Erika said...

The Arthur of that last cake has got to be very proud.

Count me among those who thought of "the cake that started it all" as well as the Midvale cartoon.

Ashley said...

The big cupcake actually looks pretty good.

Shayne said...

yes sprinkles are important especially the patriotic ones i think over sized foods are wrong because i think of the starving kids of the world

becks said...

I thought of Midvale School for the Gifted too!

~Nikki~ said...

Spell check... say it with me " Spell Check!"

Anonymous said...

LOL.

In the sense of "we are all together," the two sentences "We are all right" and "we are alright" do NOT mean the same thing. The first means "none of us is (or are) wrong," and the second means "we are in good condition."


As for the phonics hater, the sound of the letter "c" has rules, and in "worced," it has to be an "s."

Becky said...

I knew it was only a matter of time before a cake close to my heart appeared.

I am a graduate of the Academy of Richmond County and was in the gifted program.

I also see wrecky cakes everyday and can bet that I know exactly where that cake came from. I recognize the scrawl.

Lael said...

It is "all right," not "alright." Just thought I'd mention it since we're making fun of misspellings.

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/all-right-versus-alright.aspx

Paula Barbee said...

Your site is more addictive than StumbleUpon! lord help me!

Anonymous said...

Whew! I thought for a flickering, frightening moment we were heading for an ECPOT.