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I cut open a 1987 Yamaha MX-10000 Centennial Series Power Amplifier and it was cake

On the inside, we’re all cake in the end.

cake meme with an amplifier
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This weekend Buzzfeed’s Tasty blog uploaded a video of a bunch of cakes. The hook was that the cakes look like every day normal objects, but were actually cake. The caption said as much. However, since we’re all spiraling in a reality that has pressured our brains into tiny little baggies of discombobulated mush, the internet latched onto this juxtaposition of visual illusion and reality and the video went viral over the weekend.

This video is kind of like the premise of Crazy Delicious on Netflix, in which contestants have to create foodstuffs that look like other things that are not always food. But they are food.

The point is, amidst all the madness happening in the world (mostly in the United States, let’s be honest here), it was nice to have something distract us for a moment, taking us back to the early days of Twitter when it was all nonsense and memes.

This cake meme is not to be confused with cake day, which is a term used to highlight a Reddit user’s site anniversary. Also not to be confused with made-up holiday National Cake Day, which takes place on November 26th but only on the social media calendars of marketing firms.

No, this cake meme was a welcome distraction from the hell storm of anxiety and apocalyptic fear that really lies within each and every one of us. Though, those started to mix with the cake and Twitter users were quick to begin questioning their reality.

Then the home bakers started sharing their own videos of things that don’t look like cake but are cake. Then the graphic designers hopped in and started sharing things that definitely aren’t cake but were digitally cut open to reveal cake. The jokes intensified. We leaned into this meme like we haven’t leaned into a meme in a long time (because we haven’t). It felt like sex after a two-week quarantine.

While our so-called President had the hemorrhoids sucked off his asshole by a sitting U.S. Senator, while the White House worked to discredit the one smart person in the building and the bobble-headed Secretary of Education got eviscerated by CNN’s Dana Bash, we took a moment to fuck off into a mystical cake world.

This country is changing thanks to the pandemic. It might not look like it right now, it might look like absolute hell out there, but there is change coming. It will be forced by the people and by leaders who are actually worth their salt (certainly not Ron DeSantis, the biggest pile of moderately sentient human excrement stuffed into a suit). Education, healthcare, employment, universal basic income, housing, and so on will all undergo drastic changes in the next couple years, regardless of Federal leadership. The people will do it.

For the moment though, we can eat cake. We can watch videos about cake and we can take a break from reality and fall headfirst into the fantastical delusion of everyday objects being cake. That’s the delight of social media, that’s what we’ve missed. While I was blocking antisemitic trolls last night, I was also taking the time to look around my apartment and wonder if all this is real, or if it’s just cake.

What do you think? Have you found any suspicious definitely-not-cake items around your home? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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A tech writer on the internet for over 15 years for outlets such as Forbes, Wired, TNW, and others, Curtis is exhausted, burnt out and happy to just write buying guides and the occasional review for KnowTechie, the best tech blog your mom never told you about. Ephemeral existence for ephemeral times. Please send pitches and grainy pictures of the inside of your elbow to kevin@knowtechie.com

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