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18 Cakes Inspired by Memes

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We’ve featured cakes for kids, horror fanatics, film aficionados, geeks and gamers, so here are some cakes for those of you who spend your days on Reddit, The Daily What and BuzzFeed. I bring you -- meme cakes!

Nyan Cat

Nyan Cat might just be the most famous meme of the last year, and given that the cat’s body is made from a Pop Tart anyway, it was just a matter of time before someone baked him into existence. This Nyan Cat cake, uploaded by LittleNinjaKitteh is by far the most famous on the net, and the use of ribbon around the tiers is quite clever.

Still, that previous cake was missing the critical strawberry Pop Tart body, which is why this cake by Laura LaCoste looks so much more accurate to the Nyan’s true form.

Sometimes though, just one internet reference isn’t enough. When that’s the case, perhaps you’ll need to call Day-Zee Cakes and ask them to make you another LulzSec Nyan Cat cake like this one.

Pedobear

This adorably creepy cartoon bear is one of the most popular and longest lasting memes on the net, and the joke is directly related to age, so it’s not surprising that there are plenty of Pedobear cakes out there. (In fact, I had one at my birthday last year.)

Perhaps the most artistic of all the Pedobear cakes out there is this one photographed by Flickr user Allontion, which is also the most inappropriate as it shows the predatory bear with an adorably pig-nosed little girl sitting on his lap under a blanket.

This Pedobear cake featuring a white van with an offering of “free candy” seems like it was pulled straight from a low-budget afterschool special; in fact, that might be where DeviantArt user ViciousVeggie got the idea for her creation.

Of course, you aren’t going to get any love from Pedobear once you grow up, as this cake, given to Reddit user afkilla, reminds us.

Keyboard Cat

Similarly, Keyboard Cat made it so big that he ended up on national TV commercials, and with a kitty this cute, it’s no wonder he’s appeared on so many birthday cakes. The most accurate cake depiction of Keyboard Cat is this 3D cake created by DeviantArt user Celsia.

Personally though, I prefer this Keyboard Cat photographed by Krista Faye and created by her friend Charra that looks so fluffy and adorable.

The Rickroll Cake Is A Lie

Alternatively, this Instructable by Papersatan can show you how to create another double-meme cake featuring the “the cake is a lie” cake from Portal that is actually rickrolled by a Rick Astley cake.

This Cake Isn’t A Lie

Of course, if you want to actually eat the cake lie, then you’d better ask Flickr user Solo to put you in touch with his friend Nicole, who really did manage to bake this Portal cake.

O RLY Owl

You know who was really surprised to see the Portal cake become a reality? The O RLY Owl, so just imagine his surprise when he was turned into a cake by Jon Marion.

Socially Awkward Penguin

Of course, Socially Awkward Penguin was always waiting to become a cake –it just caught him off guard when he then had to remember the right name while singing the birthday song. Hopefully, the creator of the cake, DeviantArt user whisper n the wind, was able to remember the birthday boy’s name –after all, it was made for her boyfriend.

Troll Face

According to this cake’s creator, DeviantArt user antenna girl, it was just chocolate mud cake with a white chocolate ganache. I don’t know about you guys, but I wouldn’t trust a troll cake –I just immediately assume this mud cake was actually made with mud. Even so, at least it looks great.

Pepper Spray Cop

Speaking of trolls, Pepper Spray Cop has a reputation for being kind of a jerk, but really, he just wants to help season your dinner. Oh wait, it’s just a cake that looks like a turkey…oh well, pepper for you! If you know the origin of this great cake, please leave a comment so I can give proper credit.

Ron Swanson

As for savory foods, Ron Swanson may be featured on a cake by Liz Shim of Eat Cake Be Merry, but the Parks and Recreation character is still only interested in bacon and eggs.

Chuck Norris

Of course, if you really want a manly man on your cake, then look no further than this Chuck Norris cake ordered and photographed by Zach Bass. You have to wonder if the knife broke when they tried to cut into Chuck’s likeness.

Rebecca Black

If you prefer your real-people memes to feature teenage girls though, then you might be happier with a Rebecca Black cake like this one, given to Flickr user synthis and featuring the songstress singing a few of the memorable lyrics from her unforgettable hit, Friday.

Hipster Ariel

For those who think Rebecca Black is too mainstream though, Hipster Ariel is here for you, as long as you happen to be where the PBR. Adorably, this cake was made by blogger Emily Beth’s mother. I have a hard enough time trying to explain memes and hipsters to my mom, let alone getting her to make me cakes with them –Emily, you’re a lucky girl.

I know most of you probably haven’t had a meme cake before, but if you have, tell everyone about it in the comments. If not, what meme would you want on your cake? I’d like to see a business cat cake at a company party, but since I work from home, I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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A Hairy Situation: Meet the Winners of the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships
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From long and thick to coiled or curly, every type of mustache, beard, and goatee under the Sun (and barber's pole) seemed to be present at the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships. The biannual competition—held in Austin, Texas in early September, according to Laughing Squid—brings together hairy rivals from around the globe, who come before a panel of judges to see whose facial hair is the most coiffed and creative.

Participants compete across 17 traditional categories in three main groups: mustaches, partial beards, and full beards. Awards are granted to individuals with the best Salvador Dalí–inspired mustache; the best "goatee freestyle," or short beards styled into elaborate arrangements; and the best natural full beard, among other looks.

Held in Leogang, Austria, the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships had just 317 competitors, Bryan Nelson—who helped organize this year's event along with the Austin Facial Hair Clubtells Mental Floss. But the 2017 Championships attracted a staggering 738 participants from 33 countries.

Nelson believes that the Austin Facial Hair Club pulled off history's largest facial hair competition (the group is awaiting validation from Guinness World Records), and also says that the tournament was the first of its kind to include craft-based categories for women.

"We had Creative Moustache and Realistic Moustache, Creative Beard and Realistic Beard," Nelson says. For the realistic categories, female participants used either real or fake tresses to create authentic-looking facial hair (which they attached to their faces), and for the creative categories, "they were all over the place and could be made from whatever," Nelson explains. "Seashells, bacon, bones … it's such a creative event."

You can check out a handful of 2017's winners—who were captured in all their hairy glory by Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson—below, or view even more hilarious looks on his Instagram.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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