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Deathday Cake

Happy Deathday to you...
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We celebrate birthdays yet shun the concept of death.

No longer! Let us celebrate the life we have lived with a party, a song and a big ass celebration cake, perhaps decorated with Arum Lilies in marzipan on a chocolate cake so dark it's almost black.

We can bottle your last breath and use it to extinguish the flame of a last, single candle.

Life is too short to be sad and serious.

UnaBubba, May 13 2012

Coffin Cake Pan http://www.pushinda...w.asp?idproduct=187
"Baked ...." [8th of 7, May 14 2012]

Abby Sciuto http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abby_Sciuto
A Goth Geek ... [8th of 7, May 14 2012]

Kirby Groomkirby http://en.wikipedia...ki/One_Way_Pendulum
A compassionate murderer ... [8th of 7, May 14 2012]

The ultimate deathday cake. http://www.flickr.c...tbakery/2948533206/
[Phrontistery, May 20 2012]

Irish wedding traditions http://www.ireland-...ddingtraditions.htm
A site whose veracity I have not confirmed. [Voice, May 21 2012]

(?) Funeral traditions http://www.youriris...of-an-irish-funeral
[FT]'s question is not answered here. [Voice, May 21 2012]


       Can dead people eat cake?
blissmiss, May 13 2012

       // We celebrate birthdays yet shun the concept of death. //   

       Speak not for all of us. We Heathens and Pagans have our own ways.   

Alterother, May 13 2012

       I see dead people. Other people eat cake to celebrate their passing.
UnaBubba, May 13 2012

       Birth happens to all.
Death happens to all.
Cake now, well, cake is an altogether different confection. Tradition so 'tis.
Should be some layers I would think... phyllo pastry-ish even.

       //Can dead people eat cake?//   

       Well, that's the great thing about this idea - there's more of it for those of us who are still alive! [+]
Wrongfellow, May 13 2012

       The good thing about this idea is the numbers, because people only stay alive for a certain amount if time, but there is no limit to how long you are dead. There is the potential,then, for a family with an organised method of keeping records, to have cake almost everyday, which would probably result in more deaths, and more cake.   

       So this is actually an idea for infinite cake [+].
erenjay, May 13 2012

       So I am to take a stab at which day of the year I am going to die, and shout? May I change my mind each year?
wjt, May 13 2012

       No, it's more like you die, and then we all eat cake.   

       //this is actually an idea for infinite cake//   

       That's got to be [marked-for-tagline]!
Wrongfellow, May 13 2012

       //infinite cake//   

       I picture Marie Antoinette looking on, smugly.   

       The cake should be decorated to imitate that of Miss Havisham's. Complete with cobwebs.
RayfordSteele, May 13 2012

       Yes, there's always a rich aunt whose death we can celebrate with cake. Or, if you are so inclined, break out the cake for former movie stars, science fiction writers, rock stars or anyone else whose death you'd like to commemorate.
UnaBubba, May 13 2012

       I don't know about elsewhere, but where I am from there is always a dinner after the funeral and therefore dessert is always afterwards. I must admit, not a special deathcake, which sounds so morbid and delightful...so [+]. (deathbun)
xandram, May 14 2012

       // you die, and then we all eat cake //   

       It's a million-to-one chance, but it might just work. [+].   


       The cake should be carried into the room by six pallbearers, preferably dressed as - and bearing a striking resemblance to - Abby Scuito. <link>   

       It is possible that the ongoing craving for Deathday cake may lead the consumer down the same dark path as Kirby Groomkirby <link>. Not that that matters ...
8th of 7, May 14 2012

       I would accept Abby Sciuto clones as pallbearers. I'd accept them as nearly anything, really.
Alterother, May 14 2012

       Did someone say scones? Oh, sorry... as you were.
RayfordSteele, May 14 2012

       Is she your one celebrity free-bee [Alterother]?   

       Mine is Jessica Alba.

       Audrey Hepburn... as she was.
UnaBubba, May 14 2012

       Actually, she's probably Jenny's... Mine is usually Salma Hayek.
Alterother, May 14 2012

       Miss Hyek is quite lovely, as was miss Hepburn...
We need a time travel debate machine.

       Yes, I think I'll get right on that.   

       Sandra Bullock. Even if the last name looks like bollocks...
RayfordSteele, May 15 2012

       Bollock naked?
daseva, May 15 2012

       OK. Now, I want you to imagine your "dream girl", popping out of a Deathday Cake.
UnaBubba, May 15 2012

       It'd be a little late though, wouldn't it?
RayfordSteele, May 15 2012

       Wake cake.
sqeaketh the wheel, May 15 2012

       Popping out, or jumping out? The distinction could be important.   

       I want cake served at my wake. Cake and whiskey and mead. And weed.
Alterother, May 15 2012

       "No longer! Let us celebrate the life we have lived with a party, a song and a big ass celebration cake"   

       This is already baked. I've been celebrating big ass for years now.
normzone, May 15 2012

       Try eating less?
UnaBubba, May 15 2012

       The cake must be metal cake! Blacker than the blackest black, times infinity!
sninctown, May 16 2012

       The cake is a lie?   

       You can't handle the toothache!
UnaBubba, May 16 2012

       //The cake is a lie?//   

       A gamer? Or is that a reference to something else?
erenjay, May 16 2012

       Everybody's joking, but it's actually not that hard to know when you or someone else is going to die. Afer rapidly increasing health problems, my Grandfather told my Dad that day that he was going to die, and he did. Animals seem to know too, the old story of an animal going off somewhere to die. Or if you're in a hospital/hospice, with serious health problem like cancer or something. Especially if multiple organ system failure starts setting in.   

       Not to mention the creepy but totally predictable/understandable phenomenon of cats curling up next to someone who's going to die soon. In one case it was a dog, but in at least two cases it was a cat (this was all in nursing homes, and the animals would do this repeatedly), and I would imagine it's more of a cat thing.   

       Which makes me think, it's funny, certain things just make sense. Supposedly the Egyptians thought cats were the guardians of the underworld, and you say to yourself when you hear that "Yeah, I could see that". Ditto any similar depictions of cats, like in the movie Constantine when he uses a cat to visit hell. Some things just flow naturally from the mind. It's slightly proven, people across cultures tend to guess the right words for things from another culture, see the "Booba"/whatever- the- other- word- was experiment with shapes. So... yeah, I think everyone can agree if there's one creature with a connection to death and the underworld, it's cats, so it stands to reason they know when someone's going to die.
EdwinBakery, May 16 2012

       So we should have cat patties, made of tuna or something, to feed the kitty who is on death patrol. A sort of reward. Yes, cat cakes too!
blissmiss, May 16 2012

       There are several recorded cases of resident cats at nursing homes who know when a patient is at death's door. The most famous was Tilly, a cat at an End-Of-Life Care Center somewhere in Australia, who would break from her usual routine to spend the entire day with a dying patient, only leaving their bed as the deceased was being removed. She did it for something like fifteen years and was never wrong. It got so that her coming was seen as a happy event, bringing staff and other residents to the soon-to- be-deceased's bedside to celebrate their life and wish them well.
Alterother, May 16 2012


       //A gamer? Or is that a reference to something else?//
I'm not much of a gamer, but I couldn't wait for the Portal sequel.

       First Person games give me motion sickness, but I will eat ginger pills like popcorn when playing Portal 2. So worth it.
Alterother, May 16 2012

       Not mine, [UnaBubba], I'm referring to girl booty. I like big butts and I cannot lie...
normzone, May 16 2012

       Now I understand why you live in SoCal.
Alterother, May 16 2012

       Can't make Portal work on my PC at any decent framerate. In desperation, I've reduced myself to watching Youtube videos of other people play.
RayfordSteele, May 16 2012

       Upgrade your graphics adaptor.
8th of 7, May 16 2012

       Yep. I've had to put a good quality graphics card in my son's desktop, to cater to his Minecraft addiction.
UnaBubba, May 17 2012

       Don't confuse cause and effect, [Alterother]. Or correlation and causation. Or - ah, hell, just come visit. I'll make a batch of beer for the occasion - what's your poison?
normzone, May 17 2012

       Beer, unfortunately. I have Celiac disease, so beer makes me very ill. Which is sad, because I used to love the stuff, and because my Dad's ales have won several statewide competitions.   

       But if you can make good beer, you can make killer mead (and if you've never drunk mead before, there's a double meaning to that). If I ever have the chance to take you up on that offer, I'll bring some homegrown tomatoes.   

       And my wife, who will help us check out all the booty, no doubt.
Alterother, May 17 2012

       ...and, I presume, the last dying breath would take care of the candles? Bun. [+]
Grogster, May 17 2012

Alterother, May 17 2012

       "You can't have one's sugar coated thanatophilia cake and eat it too"
skinflaps, May 17 2012

       Laptop. No upgrade available.
RayfordSteele, May 17 2012

       On my honor, this is going into my will.   

       Also a google image search for deathday cake does get results.
Voice, May 20 2012

       I've looked at some and I want the one I've linked.
Phrontistery, May 20 2012

       Baked by the Irish
simonj, May 21 2012

       That looks like a Mexican thing, [Phront].
UnaBubba, May 21 2012

       I'm reasonably certain, being part Irish myself, that nobody at an Irish wake is in any condition to do any baking at all. There are only two reasons for an Irishman to be in the kitchen at a wedding or wake.
Alterother, May 21 2012

       whats' the other one ?
FlyingToaster, May 21 2012

       To piss in the sink.
UnaBubba, May 21 2012

Alterother, May 21 2012

       I was just going to post a 'Deathday' idea, but did a quick search, and of course it's already been done. My idea is slightly different to this: it seems odd to celebrate the arbitrary date of you birth every year and to make the number of years you have lived appear like some kind of achievement. Far more useful, surely, to celebrate every year the number of years you have remaining until your death (according to standard actuarial tables) as a timely reminder to seize the day - carpe diem, and all that - and not waste the precious time you have left. Of course, you'll have to pick an actual day of the year to have this celebration on, and for approximately every 1 in 365.241 people they'll hit the right day with their death.
hippo, Jun 25 2021

       Years before computers and the internet, I had a small Casio calculator which featured a date calculator. You could enter your birth date and it instantly came up with the figure of how many days old you were. This was amazing for the time. Then I sat on it one evening and it was never the same...... it started telling me my weight in ounces instead of the number of days old.
xenzag, Jun 25 2021


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