Let Them Eat a History-Themed Cake

5 Dec

Last night, my colleague and his family graciously hosted a “End of the Semester” dinner for the History Department. Faculty and students got together for great food and great times. My job was simple. I was in charge of the dessert.

My wife said that she would order a cake from our local Publix because they make awesome cakes. However, she needed to know how to have it decorated. That is when I came up with what I considered to be a clever idea. Have it say, “This Semester is History!”

Get it? The semester is over, and we are the History Department. Funny, right? At least, that is what I thought. When my wife told the ladies at her boutique, they apparently thought it was corny.

It had to have more than words. We needed something more decorative. That is when I came up with what I considered to be another clever idea. We would put a $20 bill on the cake. Now, this one needs some explaining.

Our students wanted the teachers to have a debate about who should be on the Twenty. Actually, they just wanted to see the teachers argue, and a debate was the only way they could make that happen. Anyway, we held a debate that was open to the public.

The debaters included our resident expert of the Jacksonian Age, who defended Andrew Jackson’s appearance on the bill. There was also our other historian, who championed the image of Eleanor Roosevelt. Our anthropologist, a member of the Choctaw Nation, argued for the inclusion of Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

I served as moderator because I study prostitutes of the Old West. As much as I would love to see Big Nose Kate on money, it will probably not happen.

Anyway, the students asked the questions and thought it was awesome to see the teachers go after each other. The debate was serious and funny at the same time. It was certainly the highlight of the semester for the students.

Because of the debate, I everyone would get a kick out of seeing the $20 on the cake.image-4

I have no idea what my wife and her coworkers thought about that addition, but I can imagine.

It is too late to make a long story short, but, to make a long story short, the cake was a big hit. Everyone thought it was clever and funny. Now, I am wondering what that means about the humor of historians.

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20 Responses to “Let Them Eat a History-Themed Cake”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong December 5, 2015 at 04:57 #

    Can I put a twenty on Big Nose Kate? Maybe she belongs on the hundred.

    • Rick December 5, 2015 at 14:47 #

      In my opinion, Big Nose Kate deserves to be on any bill she wants.

      • Marilyn Armstrong December 5, 2015 at 16:44 #

        Maybe you could really break new historic ground by putting her AND Doc together on a bill. Smiling. Broadly.

  2. sittingpugs December 5, 2015 at 06:07 #

    The debaters included our resident expert of the Jacksonian Age, who defended Andrew Jackson’s appearance on the bill. There was also our other historian, who championed the image of Eleanor Roosevelt. Our anthropologist, a member of the Choctaw Nation, argued for the inclusion of Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

    I served as moderator because I study prostitutes of the Old West. As much as I would love to see Big Nose Kate on money, it will probably not happen.

    Another passage I can imagine as a sequence in a TV show or a film. Martin Sheen as the resident Jacksonian Age expert, Helen Mirren as the Eleanor Roosevelt champion, and Tantoo Cardinal as the anthropologist. Who would play you?

    • Rick December 5, 2015 at 14:49 #

      I don’t know. George Clooney is almost as handsome as me. Maybe he could do it.

      • sittingpugs December 5, 2015 at 18:20 #

        Mae West should be on the 20.

      • Rick December 5, 2015 at 20:05 #

        She would make an impression.

  3. Andrew Petcher December 5, 2015 at 08:03 #

    You might have considered Marie Antoinette!

    • Rick December 5, 2015 at 14:51 #

      With head or without?

  4. shutterbugshea December 5, 2015 at 14:31 #

    The post is fun!!! And loved the cake !!!!

    • Rick December 5, 2015 at 14:52 #

      Thanks. It tasted good, too.

  5. jcalberta December 5, 2015 at 20:52 #

    I thot it was cool.
    Is my piece of cake in the mail?

    • Rick December 6, 2015 at 03:45 #

      It might not make it that far.

  6. Mark R. Cheathem December 5, 2015 at 21:35 #

    Best.cake.ever.

    • Rick December 6, 2015 at 03:45 #

      It tasted pretty good, too.

  7. thehistorytourist December 5, 2015 at 22:01 #

    Big Nose Kate on the $20 is a great idea. Glad that the debate is moving away from removing Hamilton from the $10.

    • Rick December 6, 2015 at 03:46 #

      I wonder how many $20 bills Kate earned in her life.

      • Marilyn Armstrong December 6, 2015 at 04:12 #

        Probably not so many. Figure a $20 was big money back then … and then, she had Doc …

  8. Bantering Ram December 16, 2015 at 10:19 #

    Ah! Surely not silly money 😛 BTW, which way did the debate go?

    • Rick December 16, 2015 at 13:54 #

      The audience voted, and the supporter of Andrew Jackson won.

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