Blowing out the candles on a birthday cake is one of the most time-honored traditions of turning one year older. No matter whether you host a large party or a small gathering of friends and family, most of us never go more than a year without blowing out candles atop one birthday themed dessert or another.
Unfortunately, however, the act of blowing out birthday candles is also one of the most unsanitary parts of any celebration. A 2013 study conducted by Clemson University found that the average number of bacteria on a cake leaps from 200 to 3,000 after the candles have been blown out, and some countries have even gone so far as to suggest that their residents forgo birthday candles completely (we’re looking at you, Australia).
Luckily, if you’re not quite ready to give up on birthday wishes and cherished traditions for the sake of health, there’s a brilliant new viral video that might offer a solution. Entitled, “Tell me again why you don’t blow out the candles?” the clip demonstrates a hilarious new take on birthday celebrations.
Even if you’re not a germophobe, we suggest that you test out the method at your next birthday bash. At the very least, you will likely get a laugh, and at most you might prevent some of your closest friends and family from taking ill. After all, you may never look at a birthday cake again after thinking about all of the spit and bacteria that is distributed on the surface as part of your traditional celebration!