Rear Window

May 17th, 2009

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Never before has a birthday cake photograph been so chilling.

(submitted by Tessa and Rebecca)

252 Responses to “Rear Window”

  1. DPLawkward says:

    This is be far the best photograph I have ever seen. Can I have it?

  2. Tenley says:

    It’s not focused on the girl with the cake, it’s focused on the window on the left, how odd. The girl on the right in the doorway is so creepy

  3. GK says:

    Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with the soup nazi..

  4. Andrew says:

    This is begging to be an album cover.

  5. werecupine says:

    easily my favorite photo posted so far!

  6. patricefitz says:

    They took the cake outside because that was what you had to do to get a good photo without a flash! I lived through this era (okay, that dates me) and I would say from the look of the clothes and the cats eye glasses that this was taken between 1963 – 1965.

  7. FatherNurgle says:

    There is something very wrong here.

    I’m going to tell you something right now: who holds a damn cake by the frosting?????

  8. Lukey says:

    So she’s obviously made the cake inside, then bought it outside for some reason… Her little sister is looking at her like “wtf did you take it outside for?”

  9. me says:

    They are celebrating fourteen years in captivity. Yay?!

  10. This photo reminds me of a still from “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”.

  11. Sis says:

    Tessa and Rebecca (the submittees) must be the girls in the photo. It is nice to know that they are friends after the ‘It’s my party and she is not invited!’ incident.

  12. Lori says:

    That is beautiful…It must be red velvet cake.

  13. DaisyGirl says:

    I think the girl holding the cake is a lady that works in my office when she was 14….*shudders*

  14. omawarisan says:

    The figure above and just to the right of the 4…is that a streaker? Or maybe just your standard naked running man cake decoration figurine?

  15. Ron says:

    Reminds me of the Night of the Living Dead. “They coming to get you Barbara!”

  16. Spadger says:

    Coming this summer from Columbia Tristar Pictures.

    Just when you thought it was safe to blow out your candles…

    I Know What You Did Last Birthday Party

  17. Jeneva says:

    Deliciously creepy!!

  18. Lisa says:

    “Someone left the cake out in the rain….I don’t think that I can take it, ‘cuz it took so long to bake it…” etc.
    NOW I understand that song!

  19. peewee says:


  20. Xtina says:

    I’d be pissed too if my mom made me wear my grandma’s glasses.

  21. Skyd says:

    redrum redrum REDRUM!

  22. Charlaine says:

    I am sure the cake is poisoned.

  23. Karen says:

    And what are those things on the cake? A man, a gun, a rocket, a figure dancing? Odd…just odd.

  24. Tara says:

    Would you like some of my bloodcake? Loaded with protein. Guaranteed to make you smile.

  25. Cristiane says:

    Dé um arrepio de medo…

  26. Amice says:

    I think someone should check the provenance of this picture–could very well have been snapped by none other than Hitchcock himself. This is brilliantly composed and oh, so creepy! Man, if this were my picture, I’d have it framed and hanging over the mantel for sure.

  27. Gwen says:

    Clearly this is a Cinderella story where the one girl has to stay inside and scrub the floors while the other sits outside eating whole cakes.

  28. Maria says:

    Proving that 14 in ANY era is awkward.

  29. Lucy says:

    Compound Bow – The cake says 14.

  30. Girlgeek says:

    “If my plans come together, you’ll never get to see your 15th birthday….go ahead, clutch onto that 14th birthday cake for dear life.”

  31. Renata says:

    bizaro essa fotinhu!!!

  32. Art says:

    Happy birthday noir.

  33. Samantha B says:


  34. Mark says:

    It was a custom to not smile in the 60’s?

  35. alftuba says:

    This picture calls for some Bernard Hermann music in the background.

  36. Laura says:

    The glasses are awesome!!!!

  37. tat says:

    so many of the great horror movies starring children come to mind! and yet, knowing this is real makes it all the more disturbing, and wonderful.

  38. Atomicstar says:

    maybe the sister watching thru the window is simply trying to figure out what part of the cake her older sister is not touching with her fingers so she can call dibbs on that piece later!

  39. Stina says:

    I’m pretty sure that camera shutter speeds could capture smiling in the 60’s, and that these folks are just appropriately awkward!
    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank this site for educating people everywhere- I can’t remember the last time I saw awkward spelled properly! Now, if you could just sneak in some lessons on their/they’re/there, you’re & your, I’d be eternally grateful! Facebook has made it alarmingly evident just how many people still get confused by this.
    This site is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time! I LOVE it!

  40. Josie says:

    She is really holding onto that cake. Hard.

  41. jack says:

    The custom of what day? The Civil War? They didn’t smile because they had to hold the pose for several minutes.

    This pose is just strange. Who holds a cake like that? Why is she not getting frosting all over her right hand? She’s palming the cake like a basketball. Is the frosting hard? Is it not a real cake?

    Tessa and Rebecca, details?

  42. Kim says:

    The ghost birthday girl in the background gave me the shivers

  43. Ado says:

    OMG that is too funny and scary at the same time!!

  44. Eggcentric says:


  45. Jack says:

    Is that an “M” on the side of the cake?

    An “M” for M U R D E R ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ?

  46. Jon says:

    I believe it was the custom of the day to not smile in a photograph…

  47. Antizan says:


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