This one has a little story.
This is the slightly shortened version.
My cousin, Steve, had gone to Chicago on business. While he was out there, he had shopped at a Warner Brothers gift store and brought home a black plastic "bomb" with a fuse coming out of the top – like in the cartoons. There was writing around the top of the black ball – "Who’s the Genius?" And inside, Steve told me, was a tee shirt. Cool packaging.
And it was empty. Steve was stunned (and annoyed at spending money on an empty plastic ball), and I thought it was incredibly funny.
Now…to add some background – Steve and I are the same age – I’m a month older – and we’ve known each other since we were twelve. We’ve always had a friendly sort of rivalry in terms of who’s smarter – I’m probably the crueler of the two of us. He’s much better natured.
So – the empty plastic container struck me funny on a few levels.
And so, when it was time to make his birthday cake, I had the perfect subject matter.
I don’t even remember what kind of cake was inside. Probably chocolate. I do, however, remember grinning like a fool the whole time I was making this, the whole time I was icing it in black, and writing "Who’s the Genius?" around the top.
And honestly? He’s much smarter than I am. But don’t tell him I said that.