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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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COMMENTS (35)
  • myasiac-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:47 a.m.

    I thought this article was good and informational. I thought that because it told me things that I didn’t know about sneezing and some that I already knew.

  • danielal-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:48 a.m.

    I think its kinda odd that some people sometimes sneeze when they pluck there eyebrow or when they go into the sun.

  • itzels-rob
    4/08/2016 - 09:52 a.m.

    This article was interesting because I didn't know why we sneeze. It's cool how fast we sneeze.

  • jordanm3-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    i just now found out how we sneeze

  • janiyahw-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:35 p.m.

    I really thought that when you sneeze your heart stops, that's what my mom keeps telling me.But i never knew that sneezing can cause damage to your body like the eardrums.To me its kinda weird how you can sneeze from arching your eyebrows or even walking in the sun. Its crazy how sneezing is faster then some baseball players in the world. This was a very interesting story and i learned something new. Hope to read and learn more new things.

  • jordanm3-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:36 p.m.

    i just learned that if u don't sneeze u can mess up your ear. so i can't hold it in no more

  • lizethw1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:36 p.m.

    According to the text an odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is plugging their eyebrows and walking into the sun.

  • navionm1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:37 p.m.

    I Didnt Know That When We Sneeze It Is basically Coming From Our Bodies. So Sneeze Is A Great Way To Spread Germs , And I Diddnt Know That Some People Might Sneeze When They Walk In To The Sun They Will Sneeze

  • geobanip-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:37 p.m.

    i did not know you can sneeze for that long wow

  • jalenw1-rob
    4/08/2016 - 01:37 p.m.

    When you walk out in the sun or you pluck your eyebrow you can sneeze. That happens when your brain wires get crossed up.

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