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Nothing to Sneeze At

Runny noses abound these days, and sneezes often accompany these dripping sniffers. Here are five things I felt compelled to share with you about the simple act of the sneeze.

  • A sneeze is your body forcefully expelling irritants and bacteria. Don't suppress your sneezes; let your body do its thing.
  • Sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you find yourself without a tissue. Remember this catchy phrase: "Sneeze into your sleeve."
  • A conservative estimate on the speed of a sneeze is 100 miles per hour.
  • A sneeze can send water droplets up to three feet.
  • Your heart does not stop when you sneeze, but the change of pressure in your chest can alter the rhythm of your heartbeat, making it feel like it's skipped a beat.
  • About one in four people experience a photic sneezing reflex, meaning bright light induces a sneeze. The sensation is also known as sun sneezing.
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cplast cplast 7 years
i sneeze whenever i have something minty. is that weird?
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I'm a sun sneezer. It's so bad in summer. I hate people who just spray their sneezes everywhere, or sneeze on the back of their hand (I'm convinced the spray just shoots out the side).
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
My husband plugs his nose when he sneezes. I'm afraid he's going to do some sort of damage to himself!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
My mom teaches her Kindergarten class to sneeze into their elbows. Gotta start them young! :) And I'm definitely a sun sneezer.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yep, definitely sneeze into your sleeve so you don't spray the world with your icky germs. Flu viruses are transmitted by saliva/mucous membrane contact, so if you sneeze on your hands and touch someone else and they touch their mouth/eyes/nose, you can give them your germs.
amandaaa amandaaa 7 years
please people...sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands. when you sneeze into your sleeve, the microbes are caught there and die in about 15 minutes. if you sneeze in your hands, you can touch things and transmit your disease. has a cute video learned this in my college microbiology class
classysassy classysassy 7 years
i'm one of those four
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