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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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German Police Tried to Fine Someone $1000 for Farting at Them
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In Berlin, passing gas can cost you. Quite a lot, actually, in the case of a man accused of disrespecting police officers by releasing a pair of noxious farts while being detained by the police. As CityLab reports, Berlin’s police force has recently been rocked by a scandal hinging on the two farts of one man who was asked to show his ID to police officers while partying on an evening in February 2016.

The man in question was accused of disrespecting the officers involved by aiming his flatulence at a policewoman, and was eventually slapped with a fine of 900 euros ($1066) in what local media called the "Irrer-Pups Prozess," or "Crazy Toot Trial." The errant farter was compelled to show up for court in September after refusing to pay the fine. A judge dismissed the case in less than 10 minutes.

But the smelly situation sparked a political scandal over the police resources wasted over the non-crime. It involved 18 months, 23 public officials, and 17 hours of official time—on the taxpayers’ dime. Officials estimate that those two minor toots cost taxpayers more than $100, which is chump change in terms of city budgets, but could have been used to deal with more pressing criminal issues.

[h/t CityLab]

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In 1909, a Door-to-Door Catnip Salesman Incited a Riot in New York
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In 1909, New York City businessman G. Herman Gottlieb was looking for a way to make a quick buck. He found it in a wooded section of Northern Manhattan, where wild catnip grew. After harvesting two baskets full of the plant, Gottlieb headed downtown to Harlem, intending to sell the product to residents with pampered felines.

As the history blog The Hatching Cat recounts, what Gottlieb didn’t know was that the neighborhood was also home to plenty of feral cats with voracious appetites. As Gottlieb made his way around the neighborhood, a handful of stray cats seized upon some leaves that had fallen out of his basket and began writhing and rolling around on the ground. Soon, even more kitties joined in, and “jumped up at his baskets, rubbed themselves against his legs, mewing, purring, and saying complimentary things about him,” according to an August 19, 1909 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Gottlieb tried to frighten the cats away, according to The Washington Times’s account of the event, but the persistent animals wouldn’t budge. “All of them, rich and poor, aristocrats from the sofa cushions near the front windows and thin plebians from the areaways struggled mightily to get into the two baskets of catnip,” the Times wrote. Soon, Gottlieb found himself surrounded by somewhere between 30 and 40 cats, each one of them clamoring for his goods.

When he eventually spotted a policeman, Gottlieb thought he’d found an ally against the cats. Instead, Sergeant John F. Higgins promptly arrested Gottlieb for inciting a crowd. (“Why don’t you arrest the catnip?” Gottlieb asked him, according to the Times. “That is collecting the crowd. Not I.”)

Trailed by several cats, Higgins and Gottlieb made their way to a police station on East 104th Street. But when they arrived, authorities couldn’t decide whether or not the salesman had actually broken any laws.

“We can’t hold this man,” Lieutenant Lasky, the officer who received the arrest report, said. “The law says a man must not cause a crowd of people to collect. The law doesn’t say anything about cats.”

“The law doesn’t say anything about people,” Higgins replied. “It says ‘a crowd.’ A crowd of cats is certainly a crowd.” Amid this debate, a station cat named Pete began fighting with the invading felines, and, with the help of some policemen, eventually drove the catnip-hungry kitties out of the building.

Gottlieb was eventually released, and even driven home in a patrol wagon—all while being chased by a few lingering cats, still hot on the trail of his now regrettable merchandise.

[h/t The Hatching Cat]

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