Bakery blunder underscores the need for clear communication

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Talk about a recipe for disaster—that is, unless you have a sweet spot for puns. It seems someone’s half-baked instructions to his or her local baker cooked up an amusing result. A customer advised one of the bakery’s decorators, for whom English was a second-language, to put an image from a USB drive onto a cake. Clearly, the order was lost in translation—the cake featured a photo of the actual flash drive instead of the photo that was on the drive.

An image of the cake was made popular on Imgur and Reddit, and spread on websites such as Gizmodo, Happy Place, and The Huffington Post, but I d’éclair that some of the commenters’ puns were butter than the story. Here’s a taste:

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