Blowing Out Birthday Candles Leads to a 1,500% Increase in Bacteria on a Cake

July 23, 2019

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Man, science can ruin a lot of fun.


A study out of Clemson University found that when someone blows out the candles on a birthday cake, it increases the amount of bacteria on the cake by an average of 1,500%.  In some cases, the amount of bacteria can increase 14,000%.


HOWEVER, even with all that extra bacteria, the researchers say your chances of getting sick are still pretty low.  But if the person celebrating their birthday is a little sick, it's probably best not to have them blow out their candles.

And if you're really paranoid and/or germaphobic, someone has created a patent for a sanitary device for blowing out birthday candles...a cake condom, if you will.