Friday, July 17, 2015

Against Dinosaur Cake

I seriously hope this story is a joke or a hoax, because if not the stupidity of this Arizona woman is simply astounding. Take a look at the picture. Without reading further, can you see what's wrong with this cake? I didn't notice it at first and I'm an occultist - I'm supposed to be looking for hidden meanings and so forth.

I did notice that the legs of the dinosaur were poorly drawn, suggesting a creature that had three legs on one side of its body and none on the other. But the woman's complaint was not that the legs aren't realistic, but rather that they encode the "hidden message" of the number 666!

An Arizona woman noticed something strange written on a sheet cake that was purchased from a membership-only wholesale store in the Mesa area. The woman bought her 6-year-old son a dinosaur birthday cake from Costco and they found “666” written on the cake. The retail giant has removed the cake from their online ordering system today.

Jessica Eckerdt of Queen Creek bought one of her kids a specialty birthday sheet cake from the Superstition Springs Costco in Mesa recently. While singing “Happy Birthday” to her son Nash, Eckerdt noticed that the cake had a hidden message written with the dinosaur’s legs. The three-legged dinosaur that was featured on the cake had “666” written out in blue and green icing.

Yes, clearly it's a "hidden message" in the cake rather than a poorly drawn dinosaur. Let's run through a basic thought experiment.

Is it even remotely likely that the baker knew the cake was being purchased by a complete religious nutball who would freak out at the design? That requires an awful lot of foreknowledge, considering that the vast majority of people are nowhere near dumb enough to take offense at this drawing's vague resemblance to an "evil" number.

I suppose it's possible that prior to the purchase the woman got in the decorator's face and proselytized at them, but otherwise I see no way they could have possibly known. And if I were at work decorating a cake and somebody started laying into me, I'd at least be tempted to put a 666 on their cake just because getting in somebody's face about religion at work is so totally inappropriate and out of line.

But if that's not what happened, I don't see how this could be anything but a coincidence involving a lousy artist and a flat-out crazy person.

UPDATE: So now I feel a little better about the world. It turns out that, as I hoped, this whole incident was in fact a hoax. So the unnamed Arizona woman was made up, which is a very good thing. Otherwise, it would mean that somebody this stupid actually exists and is out there in the world right now, doing who knows what.

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Unknown said...

When I took typing in middle school, the teacher was telling us the standard margins on a letter. "6" he wrote on the board as he told us the left margin. "6" again, as he told us the right margin, then a final "6" for the top margin.

Then he turned around and saw what he'd written, and quite literally did a triple take, freaked out, and scrubbed the blackboard clean.

Scott Stenwick said...

Wow. It amazes how threatened some of these people are by the mere presence of a number.

"Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of proper margins. That number is 666."

"Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a dinosaur cake. That number is 666."

Neither of those statements are in the Bible, but it sounds like these folks worry about them anyway.