WONDER #366: Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles?

Question 1 of 3

For the Ancient Greeks, putting candles on a cake was a special way to pay tribute to which Greek goddess?

  1. Athena
  2. Hera
  3. Artemis
  4. Demeter

Question 2 of 3

Some people hold the superstitious belief that if all the candles are blown out in one breath, what will happen?

  1. it will rain
  2. the person will have bad luck throughout the year
  3. a genie will grant the person three more wishes
  4. the wish will come true

Question 3 of 3

“Trick” or “magic” candles usually use what special substance to reignite the paraffin vapor back into a flame?

  1. magnesium
  2. manganese
  3. copper
  4. mercury

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