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You know all of those “if you’re a certain age, you should get what this is?” images that float around Facebook? This Oregon Trail cake, spotted on Dorkly, could serve as one of those. I wasted…er… spent countless hours of my young life playing this game on an Apple II. And my, what a *lovely* sentiment for a birthday cake.


Snake Cake. Run for Your Lives!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Oh no, not Oregon Trail…

  2. engineerzero says:

    I read the Journals of Lewis and Clark. They reported abundant game, mainly peaceful and helpful natives, and not a single death on the expedition. Their guide was a teenage girl who brought along her baby. They not only went to Oregon, they came back too.

  3. Gillian BenAry says:

    I used to get so upset when my relatives died, I had to stop naming them after my REAL relatives.

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  5. Cecil Adams says:

    they STILL have Oregon Trail on the computers at my school :P lawl <— go 2