I Don't Wanna Live That Long: Birthday Cake With 72,585 Burning Candles

December 13, 2016


This is a video of the Guinness World Record being set for a birthday cake with the most candles lit, with a staggering 72,585 (beating the previous record set by Mike's Hard Lemonade by over 20,000). Who the hell turned 72,585? Nobody, it was made to celebrate the life of a late meditation teacher who would have been 85, leading at least one blogger to speculate some people don't understand how many candles you're supposed to put on a birthday cake. This year let's make grandma feel like she should have died thousands of years ago.

Guinness World Records' most prolific record breaker Ashrita Furman and members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre celebrated what would have been meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy's 85th birthday by attempting to break the record for Most candles on a birthday cake.

A staggering 72,585 candles were lit and remained burning for about 40 seconds, ensuring that the previous record went up in flames.

Taking place at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in New York, a team of 100 people worked together to make the cake, individually place each candle and then light them with 60 blowtorches.

Admittedly, that fire looks glorious. The only thing better than a cake that looks like it's burning like a dumpster fire is a cake that looks like it's burning like a dumpster fire when a sexy dancer pops out of it. And hopefully that dancer sprayed themselves with flame retardant, because nobody wants to have to compete with somebody screaming in agony when you're trying to sing happy birthday.

Keep going for a video.

Thanks to William HL, who agrees the person with the world record for most birthday candles should also be the person with the world record for living the longest.

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