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Why do we sneeze?
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You asked us a question. Why do we sneeze?
 
Well, there are times when something irritates our nose. When that happens, a split-second autopilot reflex kicks in. It causes us to...achoo!
 
Anyways, it's basically our bodies' way of getting ride of schnoz invaders. The result is that air along with droplets of water and mucus get forcefully puffed out of our mouth and nose.
 
I'm talking up to 100 mile an hour kind of speed here.
 
That's quicker than most professional pitcher's fastball. And, hundreds of thousands of microbes might be hitching a ride on that snot train.
 
So sneezing is basically is a great way to spread germs. For some people, wires in their brain get crossed. They end up sneezing at weird moments. They might sneeze when they pluck their eyebrows. Or they might sneeze when they walk into the sun. 

No matter how bad the timing, if you start to sneeze, let her rip. Holding on to one has the potential to do some damage. The damage includes rupturing your eardrums. And yes, it's possible to sneeze with your eyes open. But no, your eyeballs are not going to pop out.
 
It's a no too that the myth of sneezing stops your heart. Speaking of something not stopping, let's talk sneezing. In 978 days Donna Griffiths holds the record for the longest run of continuous sneezing. You can only hope she bought stock in tissues.

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What is an odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze?
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COMMENTS (35)
  • jolenec-bel
    3/31/2016 - 02:02 p.m.

    When there brain gets mixed up and you will sneess pluking your brows and going into the sun.

  • jenniek-bel
    4/01/2016 - 09:23 a.m.

    When their brain mixed up the could sneeze when they pluck their eyebrows and when they look at the sun.

  • danielj-1-ver
    4/04/2016 - 08:31 a.m.

    This story talks about sneezing and what cause it and how fast you sneeze. It said that the mph you sneeze it almost as fast as a pitcher.

  • perfectpeewees-
    4/07/2016 - 11:06 a.m.

    The most odd time is when you go outside or plucking your eyebrows or when the wires in your brain get mixed up. I thought that this article was interesting because I did not know why we sneeze.

  • jadag-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:42 a.m.

    The most odd time is when you go outside or plucking your eyebrows or when the wires in your brain get mixed up.

  • stephanien-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:45 a.m.

    whenever somebody smells flowers or you pluck your eye brows and going into the sun you will sneeze.

  • danielg1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:45 a.m.

    When the wires in the brain get mixed up can cause people to sneeze at odd times such as walking out in the sun may cause some people to sneeze

  • landonj1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:45 a.m.

    A odd situation someone might sneeze is when they first walk outside or pluking there eyebrows.

  • danielc1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:46 a.m.

    cool actually i sneeze one day and my ears started to hurt and hear a bell sound

  • tymarrad-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    So I learned about how we sneeze it said that the body is getting ride of schnoz invaders that is caused when droplets of water and mucus get forcefully puffed out of your nose, or mouth. It could go up to 100 miles an hour.

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