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Louder: Singing ‘Happy Birthday’ Makes for Better-Tasting Cake

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Food-related rituals like half-hearted renditions of "Happy Birthday" and blowing out candles not only set those moments apart from all others, but may also "improve the taste of the cake," according to a "collection of new studies" that are sure to be equally well received by mediocre bakers and the birthday song's copyright holders. Additionally, the data is still out, but further research suggests that listening to Rihanna and Chris Brown's song "Birthday Cake," on the other hand, actually makes everything you eat taste much worse. [EurekAlert via Salon]

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