Say Goodbye to Blowing Out Birthday Candles


In the wake of the coronavirus, you’ve probably blown out your last birthday candles.

Not a prediction of an imminent death, but rather, a prediction that unsanitary traditions will fall by the wayside.

Blowing out candles is equivalent to spitting all over cake. Birthday candles will likely be canceled. A medical study showed that “blowing out the candles over the icing surface resulted in 1400 percent more bacteria.”

A historian said that Americans have blown out birthday candles for a little more than 100 years. (quote) “Candles on cakes evolved from extravagance to a celebration for regular people. The original idea was that when you blew out the candle the smoke would carry your wish up to the gods.” (The Washington Post)