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Frances Kuyper, 92, was respectfully known as the "Cake Lady," and with good reason: she was fanatical for fondant, and bonkers for buttercream.

In 1994, she opened a cake museum in a house in Pasadena and displayed about 150 cakes, including a few that were 65 years old and hardened with age. She had a library of 1,000 books and 100 videos on cake decorating.

She professed to taking extreme measures when it came to defending her delicious wares.

"No, I don't have a mouse or insect problem," she laughed during a 1996 interview. "I had the place fogged with bug bombs before I opened. I have a termite guy come every month. I've tried to think of everything."

Only one person a year can say they are the smartest in the world, and in 2008, that was Mark Bytheway, 46, a grand master of trivia.

With his encyclopedic mind and ravenous appetite for facts, Mr. Bytheway stormed through pubs around England setting the high scores on quiz machines.

He gave up his IT job in 2005 and lived off his prodigious quiz winnings. At the time of his death, he was Britain reigning quiz champion.


By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 30, 2010; 9:51 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: beer, cakes, cupcakes, fondant, trivia  
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