The Netflix show Is it Cake? revolves around the idea of baking cakes that resemble everyday items and fooling judges. The professional bakers put in a lot of effort to make the cakes look like purses, fast food, toys, and more. Most people cannot help but binge-watch this show. However, shows like these are deeply connected to a culture where the concept of deception – and how to spot it – has now become rather common. Is it Cake? allows viewers to check their ability to figure out whether something is real or not. Such moments of truth combined with the ‘is it real’ concept has also been part of American history in the form of paintings. This technique was called ‘trompe l’oeil.’
During the 19th century, the art realm was obsessed and occupied by Matisse and Van Gogh. But the middle-class Americans were enamored by trompe l’oeil artworks. These paintings looked so realistic that people would try to grab whatever was painted. A lot of these paintings were also showcased without frames on shop windows, hotel lobbies, and pubs. So, there were many victims of these paintings, who easily assumed it was the real thing.
The Lincoln Stamps
An 1890 painting by Jefferson Chalfant featured a couple of Lincoln stamps next to each other. One was painted while the other was real. Just below these stamps was a painted note asking viewers to distinguish between the real and fake. This experiment was rather similar to the Is It Cake? episode titled Cash or Cake. Two containers with overflowing cash were placed in front of a baker. To win, this baker was supposed to choose the real one and win the bonus money. But the baker also had a hard time guessing.
When Deception Is Good
Sometimes, it is good to be in the dark about what we see on the screens. Alleviating your anxieties while watching a show like Is it Cake? feels good. It is simply fascinating to see that what looks like a shoe is actually a cake.
Humans are not only the superior race in the world. The animal kingdom often beat the humans with their fabulous features. Speed is one of those striking components, which makes an animal frighteningly awesome! Here are the world’s fastest animals, who dominate land, water, and sky with their eye-blinking speeds and lightning-fast strides.
Fastest Animals on Land
If there is an animal Olympics, cheetahs would dominate the sprinter races with their 60-70 mph or 96-112 km/h running speed. A cheetah named Sarah from the Cincinnati Zoo has the record of running the 100-meter sprint in just 5.95 seconds. Now, that is fast! The long slender body and powerful legs of a cheetah contribute to its lightning-speed stride.
Though members of the bird family, ostriches roam on the ground. Being the largest birds on the earth, and the fastest birds on the ground, they can grow up to 9 feet or 2.7 meters and can cover 10-16 feet or 3-5 meters in a single stride, with a speed up to 43 mph or 70 km/h. These giant birds use their long powerful legs to gain quickness.
Fastest Creatures Under Water
With a reported top speed of more than 68 mph or 110 km/h, sailfishes are considered the fastest fish in the ocean. But biologist Paolo Domenici doubts these figures and hence measures the speed of sailfish with his colleagues, to calculate the tail-beat frequencies, which is the fish equivalent of stride length. According to them, the speed of a sailfish is actually around 18-22 mph or 29-36 km/h.
• Dall’s Porpoise
According to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), Dall’s porpoise can speed through the water at up to 34 mph or 54 km/h. Biologist Paolo Domenici observes that Dall’s porpoises ride the bow waves, the wave created at a front of a sailing boat, to swim faster than normal. They have longer bodies and elongated mouths as contributing factors to their speed.
Fastest Animals in the Sky
• Golden Eagle
Golden eagles are North America’s largest birds, with wingspans reaching more than 7 feet across. They reach their top speed during aerial dives. When diving from great heights, these birds can zoom through the air at almost 200 mph or 322km/h speed.
• Peregrine Falcon
These are other predatory birds, which are the fastest animal in the world. When diving through the air, peregrine falcons can reach speeds of up to 220 mph or 354 km/h. Apart from this hunting speed, their regular cruising speed ranges between 40 and 60 mph or 64 and 97 km/h. A pair of pointed streamlined wings, drag-reducing stiff feathers, and a modified breastbone attached with powerful muscle help these special falcons to adapt that eye-blinking speed.