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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

A Grave Situation

Q: What do Wreckerators do when they lose their bakery jobs?

It pays better, and there are a lot fewer complaints.

Elissa R., does Tomb Wrecks know about this?

Update from John: For those of you crying "Photoshop:"

This is clearly cut in the stone; look carefully at the S in both words. We also have Elissa as our eyewitness, who took this pic with her own camera while standing in the graveyard.

Besides, after the amount of Wreckage we've documented, does this really surprise you that much? ;)

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Reader Comments (65)

It took me a LONG time to get it, and I'm still not sure...after all, the Civil War was, I believe, the first time that soldiers were drafted (or "conscripted," thus my ambivalence about the word "script." Maybe he was drafted?).

October 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

Hey, don't poke fun. The "soldiers in script" were the most elite and badass unit in the Civil War!

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpikkewyntjie

I do think that it refers to the soldier's having been conscripted, and not to the desired style of the writing. Although it does read funny to a modern eye.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

@SuBee said:
"Cemetery markers go through so many appovals before they are set, that someone would have spotted this before it was engraved."

This is apparently not true of all monument companies. Two examples: My cousin's crypt marker had his last name misspelled "Railla" instead of "Failla"; and my brother-in-law's marker misspelled his last name "Belthis" instead of "Balthis". So whoever is "approving" them, it certainly isn't any of the family.

~Kathy D~

WV: bumme... when they wreck your grave marker, it's a real bumme.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've made a pretty heavy study of the Civil War era, and I've never seen the phrase 'soldier in script' used in any contemporary accounts.

To be sure, I googled it, and nothing material came up except this blog.

So those arguing that it was an acceptable phrase of the time don't have a leg to stand on.

And yes, gravemarker mistakes happen a lot - spend some time in cemetaries and you'll see.

October 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate Halleron

I simply thought it meant he was an actor who always played a soldier. . . . However it is funny now that I put it all together.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNevan

Now I can imagine a tomb that reads "I want flowers" on it.

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterButa

So *that* explains the cake wrecks we see! They're all decendents of this stone carver!

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAliza

"I do think that it refers to the soldier's having been conscripted, and not to the desired style of the writing. Although it does read funny to a modern eye."

Exactly. I wouldn't have known any of this so yeah, it looked (sadly) funny to me when I first saw it.

But I checked the comments to see how many people would call 'Photoshop!' anyway. Because no offense to anyone who would rather call Photoshop on everything than risk being duped but it seems that is the "trendy" thing to do over the past couple years. Not sure how to organize it but I'm SURE there's some fun to be had with taking REAL unusual pictures and asking people to prove how they were Photoshopped :)

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurenH

No. Way. I'm shocked. I can't believe that didn't get fixed by somebody...

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDanger Boy

Oh boy it took me a few minutes of looking and re-reading to figure out what was wrong. I tried to think of what a script was....D'oh. LOL
At least it should provide a little levity in an otherwise 'grave' situation.
(ummm, no disrespect intended, my sincere condolences to the family of the deceased)

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCKay

Could also be that the deceased (and their family) had a sense of humour.
A friend of our family died 2 years ago after a very long battle with cancer. As such, Tony planned his own funeral. He wanted it to be memorable and so had NO "dreary" songs at all. They were all funny, silly songs that reminded us of him. For example, the last song at the service was Monty Python's "Always look on the bright side of life". LOL
I also remember an interview with Scottish comedian Billy Connolly a few years back when he said what he wanted on his tombstone. He said he couldn't decide between "See! Told you I was sick!" or "Good heavens! Is that the time already?"

Sydney, Australia
Cake Wrecks fan :D

October 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My husband was a stonecarver and, yes, doo-doo occurs.

This one is pretty funny and I also googled the phrase and nothing came up in the historical records.

Heck, even in our own family, when my father-in-law's stone, after we had spent hours designing it, was carved and set with a HUGE flaw right in the middle of his name.

My husband tells stories of how he would be hired to fix "typos" in stones. It consists of filling in the bad word with a stone/glue paste and recarving it. A ton of this work was done to solve the "Y2K" problem when husband/wife stones were carved with the death date of the still-living spouse being pre-carved "19__" and that person having the utter gall of living past year 2000.

Terri (another CakeWrecks inspired blog)

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Coop

PS: I ran this past my expert stonecarver husband and he laughed his head off. He's carved dozens of stones for veterans and repaired/replaced many more for old graves and he's never seen the phrase "in script." He thinks it is a legit tomb wreck done by an illiterate carver who was just reproducing the marks on the paper.


October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri Coop

oh my god. i still dont get it. if someone doesnt explain im gonna go crazy

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

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