Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Homophoned In

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Here's one way to tell if a cake order was made over the phone:

Followed by a three hour tour?

[For the record, that joke makes me feel reeeeally old.]



John and I just sat here saying the words "our" and "are" ad nauseam. We sounded a lot like the seagulls in Finding Nemo: "Our? Are? Hour? R? Arr?"


Still, I take comfort in knowing you're all doing the exact same thing.


Now this one made us sound like the Count from Sesame Street. Which is to say, AWESOME.
In fact, from now on, I'm always pronouncing "welcome" like "wheeel come."


Sometimes a cake makes you wonder about its back story...

...but the good news is Sam actually didn't give a flying crap.

And finally, here's a girl with a need for speed:

Yep. Rose really likes to put the petal to the medal.


Thanks to Rachel N., Sarah D., Scot N., Kelly R., F.F., & Jon A., who only caught that last line because they've had their coffee. Good work, guys.
A.J. said...

I keep sitting here trying to figure out what Sam's cake was trying to say.

Scorp said...

Wow these bakers are horrible

Fluffy Cow said...

These are so grate!!! I dyed laughing!

CeeCee said...

Aww, you know the seagulls said, "Mine, mine, mine..." in Finding Nemo.

I guess I'm dense today--please help me with the "soar ass" cake. I can't figure out what it's supposed to be instead.

Jenniffer said...

These are too funny! The "bless are family" cake reminds me of this local commercial for a HVAC service company called "Air Comfort". Their tagline - "Because YOUR comfort is AIR comfort". Every time we hear it we spend the next 5 minutes saying "our" and "air" until neither make sense anymore!

Jenn said...

I'm sitting here repeating "soar ass" in different accents trying to figure out what it was supposed to have been....help!

Also...my word verification is "scarch". Is that what you do if you have a "soar ass"?

Invisibleman said...

*snort* The "We'll Come Program" huh? One more light mithpelling there and I'll be signing up in a heartbeat!

Allison said...

I really wonder how people manage to mess up the most obvious of statements. You'd think it's nearly impossible - especially the "two hour" one... Ah, well. We can't all be goo'ed spillers.

M. Dale said...

I'd guess if you showed the "brake a leg" cake to 100 people, less than half would see anything wrong with it.

The Pink Drink Ladies said...

I think Sam had the first cake made for Nancy and Kay.

Jackie

SuBee said...

"Bliss are Family."
We should all have such positive feelings about our families (are families?) My family's okay, but it aren't bliss.
And while I'm at it, I only wish I had a Two Hour Adventure to look forward to. My life is just not as full as those of these cake recipients.
Except for the soar ass.

WV:Ceris- No,I'm ceris, I need to evaluate my life!

Sharyn said...

In an attempt to make sense of Sam's cake, I've decided it's some inside joke they all have about how you pronounce "thesaurus." Perhaps the baker left off a second "the?" ("Thanks for the The Soar Ass, Sam.")

I also need to get my mind out of the gutter, because my first thought when I saw the "Count from Sesame Street cake" was that it was commemorating the kick-off of a new erectile dysfuntion drug.

Donna said...

Is it a freudian slip thing that the "Soar Ass" cake is the color of baby poo??? I think so! :)

Santina said...

Don't the seagulls say "mine!mine!" over and over??

Abby said...

My guess about Sore Ass is "tsuris," which is Yiddish slang for woe or trouble. Also, I've heard it used to mean the kind of trouble that gives you heartburn. As in, "she's giving me tsuris." Just a guess, though. Not sure why you'd put that on a cake.

Lola said...

I hope the "Thanks for the Soar Ass, Sam" cake is not misspelled gay wedding cake. The bakeries in New York must have been overwhelmed, but that's no excuse.

PS
Hooray for NY!

Jen said...

I think soar ass, is probably some really screwed up form of service. Just my guess :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure out the truth behind the "soar ass"! I thought for sure I was missing something obvious.

Anonymous said...

I think Sam is an aerobics instructor, and "soar" was supposed to be "sore."

…but I like Sharyn's thesaurus idea!

DB

Rebecca said...

The "Soar Ass" Sam cake made me think of "SORAS'ed" kids on daytime soaps. SORAS'ed stands for "Soap Opera Rapid Age Syndrome" which basically is when a child goes to camp a 3yo and comes home 21. LOL

But I too spent about 10 minutes trying to figure it out by saying it in different accents and faster and slower. LOL

JB said...

"We'll Come Program Administration"...to your stupid meeting... but only if there's cake.


I've been there before at work, that's for sure.

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

CeeCee and Santina,

Yup. But being the huge Disney geeks we are, we spontaneously turn many words into seagull speak.

I often wonder if Jen and I are really fun people or just completely insane from lack of human interaction.

I think *twitch* we're *twitch* fun!

john

Anonymous said...

Can't...comprehend...stupidity D:

Andrea K. said...

I'm guessing Sam went on the two hour new adventure with Nancy and Kay and got a soar ass. But at least she didn't brake a leg like Rose did!

Frankly, I'm far more offended by the color of Sam's cake -- looks like something that comes out of you, not goes into you! Blech!

.

JKS said...

Sam is a birdwatcher. He showed the grateful people who ordered this cake some sora rails. No one but a birdwatcher has ever heard of a sora, so "soras" came out as "soar ass" ("soar" catching the whole bird motif).

mel said...

I, too, at first thought the third cake was an error...but the spermy things convinced me it was actually celebrating a successful, hands-on training program.

wv-haphot: some cakes are totally hot, but some are only haphot...

elissa said...

Pretty sure Sam gave someone a thesaurus. If I could get a cake for that, I'd be passing out thesauri right, left, and center!

WV: wealae--afflicted with weals. Just in case I'm wrong, the cake purchaser probably has a wealae ass.

CeeCee said...

John, Thanks for clearing that up about turning other words into seagull-speak. I believe that you and Jen are fun people, hilarious in fact. Please tell that me conversation often turns into movie quotes as well.
Unfortunately (fortunately?) at our house, Monty Python movie quotes often show up in the middle of a perfectly normal verbal exchange. My poor kids.

Melinda said...

My first thought was a three-hour tour as well, so I guess that I'm old, too.

I have *never* understood those who use "our" and "are" interchangeably. Is it bad diction, or just an inability to discern that they are, in fact, different words?

Sam's cake is thanking him for the sore ass? Wow, uh, I hope that he took someone horseback riding. :-/ Or maybe Sam is a producer for a soap opera--I mean, daytime drama--and an actor is thanking him for the SORAS--Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome--because it provided him with a job? I'm not sure that I want to ponder it too much.

Gary said...

Third cake:
When the invitation says "RSVP," it's even nicer if you send a cake to say you will attend.

elissa said...

J(thoj): I'm going with insane, myself. But the good kind. The kind of insane you like to invite to parties, because it saves you from having to hire the entertainment.

Anonymous said...

I think the bless " are" family cake must have been called in by a southerner. Cause our " our's" sound a lot like are.
raven

Gary said...

For everybody wondering what "Thanks for the soar ass," was supposed to say:
I like the suggestion that it was meant to be "Thanks for thesaurus," but I think "soar" here is a misspelling of "sore." So, unless Sam gave someone a flying donkey, he probably took a friend on a long horseback ride, or lent somebody his bicycle, or gave somebody a birthday spanking that went on much too long.

Stephanie said...

"...but the good news is Sam actually didn't give a flying crap."

Good thing I'd put down my ice cream before I started reading this. My computer screen is most grateful. :P

john (the hubby of Jen) said...

CeeCee,

Jen: A ROACH!

john: *stomp*

Jen: That roach is no more!

john: It has ceased to be!

Jen: It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late cockroach!

john:...

Jen: I suppose you should clean it up.

john: ew.

Melinda said...

J(thoJ), I often turn words into seagull-speak, too. As well as throw random movie quotes into a conversation. One time, my husband said to me, "Life is summed up by movie quotes to you, isn't it?" I told him that no, sometimes it's song lyrics. :-P

Fluffy Cow, you misspelled your first sentence. What you meant was, "These our sew grate!" :-P

Anonymous said...

"Sam" is what they affectionately call Tinker Bell in Shrek. Just thanking her for the flying donkey, is all.

Would you like "mocabio" with your cake, Sam?

*walks away twitching* That's all folks - Ruth

Amanda said...

Jen: A ROACH!

john: *stomp*

Jen: That roach is no more!

john: It has ceased to be!

Jen: It's expired and gone to meet its maker! This is a late cockroach!

john:...

Jen: I suppose you should clean it up.

john: ew.



Bring out your dead?

Anonymous said...

Petal to the Medal. Sweet.

Labgoddess said...

You and Jon are fabulous! I'm just glad that so many couples out there speak in movie quotes or song lyrics or Monty Python speak! Makes me feel more normal...whatever THAT is!

Craig said...

Having seen WAY too many instances of 'to / too' transposition (not to mention 'there / their / they're' and the ever-popular 'your / you're'), I choose to believe alternate theories for these cakes.

Crave novel experiences but don't have a lot of spare time? 'Two Hour New Adventures' is here for you!

Next, Mr. and Mrs. Bless found a clever and economical way to announce the birth of their first child (the local wreckerator charges by the letter).

Moving right along to 'irony overload', we see that "we'll" is both punctuated properly and used correctly. The wreckerator managed to get 'administration' right, and the writing is legible. The squiggly things look like lupin (lupine) from here. Cue 'Dennis Moore' theme.

Penultimately, local gliding instructor Assam receives his first 'thank you' cake, parsed in a most unfortunate way.

Finally, this is what can happen when you order a cake from 'Fred's Garage & Bakery'. But anything that has a daisy on it can't be all bad.

Craig said...

Alternate #4 theory: Sam is a horse, the sender is a novice rider and the frosting color is meant to recall hay.

No, I don't know why anyone would send a cake to a horse. I'm just looking for innocent explanations for 'soar ass'.

Linda said...

I think the color of the frosting is the perfect indication of the intent of Sam's cake. Originally, it was to say "Thanks for the green apple two step", but that wouldn't fit on a dinky little cake.

Really? wv: shients. I'll leave it to you.

Julie said...

"Soar Ass" is clearly a reference to the favorite saying of Flo from the series "Alice"--

"When donkeys fly!"

See Jen/John, I'm incredibly old too.

WV: Braeo. The sound made by a donkey as it flies off into the sunset

BP said...

No, really in fact for sure I'm positive that last one is a daisy, not a rose. ;) OH THE IRONY

Kimberly Chapman said...

I made fondant monkeys recently, two of which were made to look like Skipper and Gilligan. It was freaky how many of the younger folk at the event totally did not get it. Meanwhile the older folk thought another monkey was a Jamaican while the younger recognized Jack Sparrow.

Pop culture has the ability to put you in your age-place really fast.

TrekGirl said...

"Back" story for soar Sam? Wow...

wv: travelik - A valley girl verb. "I, like, would love to travelik all over the world!"

the peanut said...

I have to ask, that last caption, was "petal" a reference to the tiny strange sunflower on the cake? Or some sort of misspelling?

Anonymous said...

As a high school English teacher, I see the mix-up between "are" and "our" all the time. In fact, that's probably one of the more frequent errors I correct.

I had a good laugh at people's offers to explain the "soar ass" cake. Because I often have to lean back, close my eyes, and sound out some non-existent word invented by a student, I did that in this case. I sort of thought that perhaps it was a phone-in order in which the customer asked for the cake to read "thanks for the service" (i.e. thanks for your years of service, or whatever). The baker may have rendered "service" as "soar ass," which still contains a spelling error, but that seems to pale in comparison to the larger error, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

"petal to the medal"
Love it! Very clever.

Nikki said...

I'm a tiny bit annoyed that you actually made me, just by the power of suggestion, sit here doing the whole "our/are/arr/r/hour" thing. Now I feel like a dork. Oh well, that was a pleasant waste of sanity. :3

But holy crap. Two hour new adventures? I wonder how much they cost! And how adventurous they are!

BADKarma! said...

I wonder if one can get a soar ass from braking a leg? (blinkblink)

Haiku Joy said...

When forced to mingle,
the Sprinkles of the fam
glares at the Roses.


~~~~
And now for The Show-Off Show!

The forepre-antepenultimate cake made me realize I am not as culturally American as J&J.

The pre-antepenultimate cake made me chortle at the sprinkle/rose ratio.

The antepenultimate made me grin like a Muppet.

The penultimate cake left me feeling sorry for the baker.

The ultimate cake reminded me of my traffic violation this morning.

amber said...

I'm trying to rap my head around they're cakes. Its very hard two do this. Butt, I shall press froth and keep at it.

San (wait for it) deeeeeee! said...

As a second grade teacher, let me apologize for all the elementary teachers who apparently did not teach homophones.

j.e.b. said...

I'm surprised no one else has figured out what's going on in the "Bless are family" cake. Obviously, this cake was ordered by a Southerner but wreck-orated by a non-Southerner. Any other decorator would've known "are" meant "our".

Dana said...

Wouldn't it be an EX- cockroach?

I have python quote OCD you see. Me and Eric the half-a-bee.

Jo said...

And there was me thinking the Bless Are Family cake said Bless One Family - maybe I'm even worse than the bakers and can't read, let alone spell?!

Gina said...

"The Soar Ass" = Thesaurus? Maybe? Or not. Still makes no sense!

Gina

Stephanie said...

Oh, and the title of this post reminded me of this (you may have already seen it, but just in case):
School House Polka

Suzanne said...

I'm guessing that Sam gave someone a thesaurus... but I'm not sure that really warrants a fancy chocolate cake. Maybe the baker got carried away with all the synonyms.

Anonymous said...

Maybe sam was just a pain in all of their (there they're) butts and they meant 'sore ass'

Lori said...

My first thought on Sam's cake was that he was a proctologist who gave someone a favourable diagnosis and sore was just spelt wrong.

My 5 year old's favourite bedtime songs are all Monty Python songs. I always appreciate all the quotes!

becka211 said...

I think the "Soar Ass Sam" is supposed to be "So Awesome". But the "the" doesn't fit.

Christine said...

I know the person that first one was for. I know a wreckie!

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Tracy said...

I wonder if Sam lent him a Thesaurus???

RobynR said...

How do you knoooow it's a roach?

Jen said...

My theory on Sam is that he's a glider pilot whose friends wanted to thank him for all the soars he'd taken them on. Being a regular reader of Cake Wrecks, his friend was very careful to spell out exactly which word she wanted on the cake when she phoned the bakery:

Friend: Write "Thanks for the soars, Sam". That's ess-oh-ay-ar-ess.

Baker: Got it. Ess-oh-ay-ar ass.

Hey, it's as good a theory as any other...

Briessa said...

Perhaps it's supposed to be:
Thanks
for the
psoriasis
Sam!

WV:subtli
The baker tried to slip in the misspelled words subtli, so as not to land on cake wrecks.

Anonymous said...

We have a winner! I like the above English Teacher's vote for "Soar Ass" who said it would be "Thanks for the service." Though I have to say, I also liked the idea "Rebecca" had early on, who said it was "Soap Opera Rapid Age Syndrome"!

I have spent more time on this one than I should!

Anonymous said...

Sam just took them horseback riding or something, that's all.

OMGTexas said...

At least Rose's cake looks edible - but 3 dots? Roseann Roseannadanna might say, "It's always something!"

piecesofcandi said...

Two funny!

Auntie J said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0J-T2lr0Ms

That is all. :D

Fluffy Cow said...

@ Melinda- Thank ewe. Knot sure how eye missed that.

SusanB. said...

I always thought those birds from Nemo were saying "Mike!Mike!Mike!Mike!" But then, I also used to think Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way' was really 'Horse Display'...

Lara said...

Aaargh! Spelling!

PaigeMcGee said...

Hahaha! The "Soar Ass" cake made my day!

tiny p elephant said...

Great to read after a long day at work!

Melinda said...

@FluffyCow: Your we'll come. :-)

Lily in Labrador said...

Thanks for being so consistently and incredibly hilarious. I hope you two realise just how much you make the world a better place by creating laughter! You make me pee my pants almost daily and I thank you for it! Keep spreading the cake love&laughter North to your friends up in Canada!

Little Luxuries said...

I think "Soar Ass" is what happens when you "haul ass" at such a high rate of speed that you're practically flying. So really, the cake is a thank you to Sam for racing to the rescue!

Lisa said...

Nothing perks up a "Bless Are Family" cake like tons of sprinkles!

Jamie Kline (Bookerella) said...

Lol too funny! I think it should be required that two people proofread and make sure it makes sense before putting it on the cake. And I'm pretty sure she knows it's "mine" in Nemo; she just meant that they were saying "our, are, hour" so many times it reminded her of that.

Anonymous said...

Grate post...I liked reeding it.

But RobynR's comment was what made me laugh out loud. A bit.

Lizzie

D.B. Echo said...

"Two Hour New Adventures"...sounds like Nancy & Kay might be getting a visit from the Vice Squad with a business like that.

And those squirmy things on the cake for the Program Administration from "We'll Come"...I just don't want to know.

Anonymous said...

My DH is of the opinion that it IS "sore ass" if not "soar ass", and the event was indeed worthy of a cake.

He bases this on the fact that one of his buddies is a subscriber to Iron Butt Magazine.

Get your minds out of the gutter!

It's a magazine devoted to long distance motorcycling.

Amanda said...

lol!!!! so funny!!!!

Marnie said...

I like that you grew up with the same awesome shows I did. We are not old! We are fortunate to have grown up in the 70's and 80's.:-)

Lori T said...

The mate was a mighty sailing man, the skipper brave and sure.....FIve passengers set sail that day for a three hour tour..... A Threee Hour Tooouuuuurrr...... Ha! I That totally made my day and i'm 18!! So don't feel too old Jen ;)

MARYLIN said...

Love the puns today!!

Arlene said...

That cake with the sprinkles on it looks like the roses are stealthily sneaking around the cake licking up sprinkles lol. Could just be me though. I loved the first cake until I saw what was written on it. It was pretty then the wreckerators just had to ruin it by writing on it ahhh well lol.

Belle said...

Did NOBODY notice the GENEROUS use od sorinkles on the "are" cake???

Echo said...

Long time reader, first time writing...

After viewing the second cake, I began practicing "Our? Are? Hour?" in my very best seagull voice. Then I read the next sentence. Uncontrollable giggling ensued. How did you know?!

Your blog makes my life SO much better. :)

wv: skedeper = the slightly tipsy skipper conducting the three hour tour?

jeliecam said...

You definetly had us going "our, are, r, hour..." like the seagulls from Finding Nemo.

Of course, then we had to do it again in Dory's whalespeak.

hehehehe

U half too dew that know two.

Anonymous said...

Medal?!

Anonymous said...

We named our daughter AMY-Three letters. All straight lines. She could print it before she was born. And still we get, "Amy. Is that Aimee?"

WV- namersay-The namersay their Children's names one way, but everyone else messes them up!

jo said...

#1 sounds like the celebration of a lesbian love affair, or maybe they're ladies for hire and the men they service are thanking them

#3 sounds like the staff agreeing to show up. how nice of them.

#4: Sam is either a pilot or a horse (I'm hoping). Otherwise, we have an issue of either something kinky and unmentionable...or some sort of fraternity hazing event a la "Animal House":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdFLPn30dvQ "Thank you sir, may I have another!" (Kevin Bacon has come a long way....)

#5: Is Rose a bad driver?

Anonymous said...

@ elissa--woe be to you if the recipients of your thesauri try to get you a cake. Now we're talking about an inscription reading "thanks for the sore eye"! and if that happens, send it to cake wrecks and we'll have to ponder the meaning (injury? pink eye? etc)

wv: caccipho--I came home from my vacation and my cat left caccipho all over the house in protest of the dirty litter box.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to say anything, but then I saw my WV: buggi

These misspellings just drive me buggi!

Merry from Annie's Book Stop/Sharon, MA

Anonymous said...

Other Christine:

Do you know the story behind the wreck? I'm rather curious.

M said...

The sad part about the Nancy and Kay cake is that they're opening a zoo; the cake was supposed to say "to our gnu adventures." *rimshot*

ModernDayLucyRicardo said...

How did the decorators manage to spell "Administration" correctly but royally screwed up "Welcome"?

Stumblinn said...

You definitely have a new follower. I love pictures of cakes and I love humor and you have combined the two. I am so glad that I stumbled across your site. In fact, I just twitted your "Homphoned In" post to share the laughter on the cake typos with others. Thank you so much for the laughter, something our world can never have enough of.

Audrey said...

I'm 17 and I got your Gilligan's Island joke! love your website!

Anonymous said...

"Petal to the medal"? Is she stomping on a flower? LOL