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11 Incredible Edible Daleks

A dalek is a science fiction character found in the British TV series Doctor Who. They are evil alien mutants who travel inside cyborg shells and try to exterminate other beings. They are also funny-looking, and have inspired many cooks to recreate their appearance in tasty treats!

1. Dalek Oreo Cake Bites

Navaboo made daleks from Oreo cookies, cake, pretzels, almonds, candy, and frosting for a Doctor Who Series 6 kick-off party. The directions are posted at Flickr if you'd like to try these yourself! Image by Flickr user Navaboo.

2. Rice Krispy Dalek

Shawn Musho and Laura made a dalek out of Rice Krispys for a friend's Doctor Who-themed birthday party. The project took

...six boxes of rice krispies, a giant tub of peanut Butter, six bags of mini marshmellows, and tons of butter and corn syrup.

Of course, some of that got eaten along the way, but the end product was a great big tasty dalek! See pictures of the process in this album.

3. Blue Daleks

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These blue dalek cakes were made by Kyle, Raven, and Evan for Raven's birthday. Image by Flickr user hep svadja.

4. Dalek Decoration

Exterminate!

Alicia made cupcakes decorated with black and white daleks to enjoy while watching the Doctor Who season finale in 2008. Yes, the ball bearings are edible! Image by Flickr user ginnerobot.

5. Corinne's Cupcakes

Corinne was inspired to not only try some dalek cupcakes, but also to post pictures and instructions on her blog sparecake. The one on the right aiming way up was named Derp.

6. Dalek Smash Cake

Sarah Slaven made a dalek cake with a surprise inside. The top is a dome of chocolate, laid over two layers of cake decorated with cookies, candy, and marshmallows.

During a Doctor Who-themed birthday party, Eli used a Sonic Screwdriver to smash the dome and reveal the tentacled dalek monster that controls the robotic dalek shell! The process of building this cake is laid out in pictures and instructions.

7. Gingerbread Daleks

Nell at Snacks-acoricofallapatorius hand-cut these gingerbread daleks. And she used edible ball bearings. That takes artistry dedication. The rest of us can just use dalek cookie cutters.

8. Dalek Pie

Once you have the cookie cutters, you can make anything in the shape of a dalek! This photo is from dazmania83, but there is no other information, like what kind of pie it is -but it sure looks good!

9. Birthday Daleks

TARDIS cake  & Dalek cupcakes

Not only dalek cupcakes, but a TARDIS cake to accompany them! These were the centerpiece treats at Gary's birthday party in 2011. Image by Flickr user marence1.

10. The Dalek Jack-o-lantern

This stretches the meaning of "edible" just a bit, but a pumpkin is a fruit, after all! Julian carved this dalek-o-lantern in 2010. See more pictures in this photo album.

11. Dalek Egg

Dalek egg frontal view

Again, stretching the definition of edible just a bit -because while eggs are edible, this project requires the inside of the egg to be blown out. But the shell that's left is pure awesome. Nancy Sims created dalek eggs for a friend's birthday. The Flickr set has the instructions accompanying each picture. The colors were added in a pysanky-style method using dye and wax. The appendages are painted matchsticks. Image by Flickr user PugnoM.
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How Do You Stress the Word: THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVing?
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Here’s something else to stress about for Thanksgiving: where to put the stress in the word Thanksgiving.

If you’re from California, Iowa, or Delaware, you probably say ThanksGIVing, with the primary stress on the second syllable. If you’re from Georgia, Tennessee, or the Texas Panhandle, you probably say THANKSgiving, with the primary stress on the first syllable.

This north-south divide on syllable stress is found for other words like umbrella, guitar, insurance, and pecan. However, those words are borrowed from other languages (Italian, Spanish, French). Sometimes, in the borrowing process, competing stress patterns settle into regional differences. Just as some borrowed words get first syllable stress in the South and second syllable stress in the North, French words like garage and ballet get first syllable stress in the UK and second syllable stress in the U.S.

Thanksgiving, however, is an English word through and through. And if it behaved like a normal English word, it would have stress on the first syllable. Consider other words with the same noun-gerund structure just like it: SEAfaring, BAbysitting, HANDwriting, BULLfighting, BIRDwatching, HOMEcoming, ALMSgiving. The stress is always up front, on the noun. Why, in Thanksgiving alone, would stress shift to the GIVE?

The shift to the ThanksGIVing pronunciation is a bit of a mystery. Linguist John McWhorter has suggested that the loss of the stress on thanks has to do with a change in our concept of the holiday, that we “don’t truly think about Thanksgiving as being about thankfulness anymore.” This kind of thing can happen when a word takes on a new, more abstract sense. When we use outgoing for mail that is literally going out, we are likely to stress the OUT. When we use it as a description of someone’s personality ("She's so outgoing!"), the stress might show up on the GO. Stress can shift with meaning.

But the stress shift might not be solely connected to the entrenchment of our turkey-eating rituals. The thanksGIVing stress pattern seems to have pre-dated the institution of the American holiday, according to an analysis of the meter of English poems by Mark Liberman at Language Log. ThanksGIVing has been around at least since the 17th century. However you say it, there is precedent to back you up. And room enough to focus on both the thanks and the giving.

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Watch Boris Karloff's 1966 Coffee Commercial
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Horror legend Boris Karloff is famous for playing mummies, mad scientists, and of course, Frankenstein’s creation. In 1930, Karloff cemented the modern image of the monster—with its rectangular forehead, bolted neck, and enormous boots (allegedly weighing in at 11 pounds each)—in the minds of audiences.

But the horror icon, who was born 130 years ago today, also had a sense of humor. The actor appeared in numerous comedies, and even famously played a Boris Karloff look-alike (who’s offended when he’s mistaken for Karloff) in the original Broadway production of Arsenic and Old Lace

In the ’60s, Karloff also put his comedic chops to work in a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee. The strange commercial, set in a spooky mansion, plays out like a movie scene, in which Karloff and the viewer are co-stars. Subtitles on the bottom of the screen feed the viewer lines, and Karloff responds accordingly. 

Watch the commercial below to see the British star selling coffee—and read your lines aloud to feel like you’re “acting” alongside Karloff. 

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