It's your birthday? Do us a favor, don't spit on the cake - All Access Sporting News

Updated February 17, 9:49 AM CT


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It's your birthday

Friday, July 2017 07:28:41

Which has more germs? 

Your smartphone, or a toilet handle? A dogs mouth, or a humans?

Our mouths are loaded with bacteria. But as gross as that may seem to some, the vast majority of those bacteria are benign. 

The latest news is that blowing out candles on a cake increases the bacteria on that cake 14-fold—even though, "in reality, if you did this 100,000 times, then the chance of getting sick would be very minimal," lead researcher Paul Dawson told the Atlantic. 

The report in the Journal of Food Research found that, "for whatever reason," the results vary quite widely from person to person. For instance, some people who blow out candles transfer basically no germs, while others increase the amount of bacteria on the surface of a cake by 120 times.

How you blow makes a huge difference. A ten-year-old blowing - is hurling God knows what into the cake. A Fifty-year-old blowing, understands the process; the air, the velocity necessary, and is basically keeping it sanitary, assuming they just go with the numbers "5" and the "0". 

Speaking of, if you have to take a second breath to blow out the candles... you need to throw some cardio into your workout.

 Side bar: No cake was consumed—or even baked—in the course of the study. As the researchers write, "To test aerosol transfer to cake, icing was spread evenly over foil then birthday candles were placed through the foil into a Styrofoam™ base." But the researchers don't want people to react to their results the way the saliva-scared folks at Romper have; they say the research "just ruined birthday cake forever." The best advice, per the scientists? Relax, enjoy the party, and maybe skip the cake if the person blowing on it is obviously sick. But wouldn't you do that anyway? 

BTW, your phone and your mouth have more germs.

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