cake eaters? whats it all about?

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Jan 16, 2010
 
So, i've heard of alot of talk about people from ilion being cake eaters and im wondering what it's all about. i only recently moved to ilion, from what i've heard thus far was back in the day herk played ilion in football, and there was a bet that whoever lost had to eat some cake, im guessing filled with nasty stuff...so whats the deal?
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ur dad creme filled the cake and gave it to your family at sit down celebrations,no big deal....it was so good the rest of ilion soon ate it ...
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Ilion - CakeEaters
Frankfort - Spaggetti twirlers
Herkimer- Pizza pushers

Came back in the 50's based on majority of nationality in each town
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Jan 17, 2010
 
When I was in school (early 90's), the story was that Ilion made some special/huge cake to celebrate their anticipated Homecoming game win. They lost, yet they ate their cake anyway.
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The term Cake Eater comes from the fact that back in the day, most of the peaple in Ilion where the WASP persuasion. This is a term used by Southern European's (like the Italians of Herkimer & Frankfort), it's like saying "mayonaise face", or "blue eyed prick". People from Ilion have been being called this longer than most of us have been alive.
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It goes back to sometime in the 1920's. It also has to do with people in Ilion being better and KNOWing they are. We get to eat cake while the rest of the valley eats bread or crackers.
Also, since Ilionites are a little more stuck up,(deservedly so) it goes with Marie Antoinette's alleged saying of "Let them eat cake".
Other towns think of us as snobs, thus we eat cake while they don't. Cake Eaters are people from or in a comfortable and affluent background.

Herkimer is Pizza Pushers cuz they are the Thruway stop and more chain commercial businesses that blight communities like pizza joints (Pizza Hut,Dominoes) burgers (McD's, B.K) and others KFC, Taco Smell, Walmart.
Also, the Italian Catholics from back in the day.

Frankfort is just Spaghetti Benders

Mohawk not even good enough to rate.
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The term cake eater is actually an insult,do a little more research and you may be shocked,and if you think being insulted makes you a better community you must be off your rocker,or on a sugar(cake)high!
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Ilion people are stuck up OMG,thats because other villages forget they exist unless they have to drive through cake town to reach their destination!
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I agree I sometimes drive through Ilion to get to Frankfort,besides that I never go there,they have nothing in that town.
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The story has something to do with laxatives being put in a cake that the Ilion football players ate before a big football game against Herkimer .. I believe it was in the 1950's
Anyone else hear same?
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Proud Cake Eater wrote:
It goes back to sometime in the 1920's. It also has to do with people in Ilion being better and KNOWing they are. We get to eat cake while the rest of the valley eats bread or crackers.
Also, since Ilionites are a little more stuck up,(deservedly so) it goes with Marie Antoinette's alleged saying of "Let them eat cake".
Other towns think of us as snobs, thus we eat cake while they don't. Cake Eaters are people from or in a comfortable and affluent background.
Herkimer is Pizza Pushers cuz they are the Thruway stop and more chain commercial businesses that blight communities like pizza joints (Pizza Hut,Dominoes) burgers (McD's, B.K) and others KFC, Taco Smell, Walmart.
Also, the Italian Catholics from back in the day.
Frankfort is just Spaghetti Benders
Mohawk not even good enough to rate.
Are you out of your mind? Ilion is better than the other towns? It's pretty well known that they are the scummiest! Look at your welfare homes. The schools in Ilion are filled with students of lower income compared to the other valley schools. Get over yourself. I would be EMBARRASSED to say i lived in Ilion. And the reason they are called "cake eaters" is because like someone said they are always anticipating wins in sports yet they never do.
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Sep 9, 2010
 
The laxatives in the cake story has been around for years.
The true story is because cake back in the day was not something everyone could afford to eat, so they called us cake eaters, as an insult, as stuck up (looking down upon everyone else in the valley).
I imagine with Remington Arms being successful at that time and families living closer to their place of employment (before advancements in the transportation industry), they were considered more well off financially than the average person in the valley.
You will always find someone who resents a person who has more money and will try and bring them down with an insult - so calling us a cake eater, is just about Ilion residents in that period of time, acting like they were superior to the average person in the valley.
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Sep 9, 2010
 
Makes sense to me.
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after Saturday
rather eat Ilion cake
than Herkimer crow

feel bad for coach Steele
suffer AlmaMater loss
he wont go to Elks
BOMBERS r BACK

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Sep 10, 2010
 
read it here first
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Sep 10, 2010
 
Proud Cake Eater wrote:
It goes back to sometime in the 1920's. It also has to do with people in Ilion being better and KNOWing they are. We get to eat cake while the rest of the valley eats bread or crackers.
Also, since Ilionites are a little more stuck up,(deservedly so) it goes with Marie Antoinette's alleged saying of "Let them eat cake".
Other towns think of us as snobs, thus we eat cake while they don't. Cake Eaters are people from or in a comfortable and affluent background.
Herkimer is Pizza Pushers cuz they are the Thruway stop and more chain commercial businesses that blight communities like pizza joints (Pizza Hut,Dominoes) burgers (McD's, B.K) and others KFC, Taco Smell, Walmart.
Also, the Italian Catholics from back in the day.
Frankfort is just Spaghetti Benders
Mohawk not even good enough to rate.
Went to Ilion High in the early 40+ years ago, the nicknames where around then and Herkimer didn't even have any of the fast food resturants then, so thats just not true. There was however a Dairy Queen for a while, just down the street from Big Jim's Subs.
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Wait....I'm confused. Ilion may not have a lot, but it seems to be a better living community than Herkimer. I'm not sure about Frankfort or Mohawk.

My friend lives in Frankfort...say it's nice but the cops are assholes.

I know people who live in Mohawk but they never express like or dislike of it. so i have no clue.

Where do you get that Ilion has more welfare cases? The housing in Ilion is way more expensive than Herkimer (except in select areas).

I dunno....I've only been living in the area for about 6 years.
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I don't know 'bout you
Herk sure seems alot darker
with it's downtown folk
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Sep 11, 2010
 
crushed herkijerks! yeeeeha!
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they are called cake eaters because when herkimer and ilion were going to have their biggest game of the season they sent a cake full of laxitives to ilion right before and they had to forfit because all the players were sick

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