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Why do we sneeze?
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You asked us, why do we sneeze?
 
Well, when something irritates our nose, a split-second autopilot reflex kicks in causing 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, like when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun. But, 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 including 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, 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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CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
What is an odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze?
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COMMENTS (188)
  • darieny-ver
    3/31/2016 - 04:07 p.m.

    When someone plucks their eyebrows or walks into the sun like the article says.

  • romans-1-hol
    3/31/2016 - 04:35 p.m.

    Ahhh ok

  • royc1-har
    3/31/2016 - 06:21 p.m.

    An odd situation can be walking in the sun and plucking eyebrows. I Saw a video about a girl who had a disease which made her sneeze 20 times a minute. When you sneeze you spread bacteria everywhere and you send it up to 100 mile per hour. When you have to sneeze it's important that you don't hold it in. If you do hold it in you might blow out your eardrums.

  • tialden-1-bar
    3/31/2016 - 06:46 p.m.

    Some odd situations that might cause one to sneeze as stated in the article are when plucking eyebrows or walking in the sun. Sneezing is caused when we have an irritation in our noses and our body automatically sneezes in attempt to get rid of the irritants. One crazy fact about sneezing is that humans can sneeze at speeds of 100 mph. I found this article useful because now I know why people sneeze.

  • colbys-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 07:08 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is when Their eyebrows are plucked or when they walk out into the sun as they said in the sixth paragraph. When we sneeze it can reach up to 100 miles per hour which is faster than most professional baseball pitchers. This article was interesting to me because when I walk out into the sun I usually sneeze.

  • taylorl-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 07:38 p.m.

    Some odd situations that might cause someone to sneeze are, as the article states,"when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun." This article interested me because I read the title and wanted to know more about it.

  • briannt-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 09:24 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is when they pluck your eye brows, or when you walk into the sun. Also not in the article, maybe in class when it is perfect silence, or in class general. When you sneeze, your getting rid of schnoz invaders. The longest sneeze is 978 days by Donna Griffiths. I choose this article because I always sneeze in the morning at school, between 1-3 period I sneeze, mostly in 1 period though. Also, I am so embarrassed to actually sneeze in class, plus my friends are like, you sneezed on me, yuck, I didn't mean to sneeze on you. How about when they have to sneeze, I can't say yuck to them, no there to sensitive. How about me, I'm not sensitive.

  • caymanm-2-bar
    3/31/2016 - 09:35 p.m.

    Some odd situations that cause someone to sneeze are when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into sunlight. Most sneezes are caused from an irritation of the nose. The article says, "They end up sneezing at weird moments, like when they plucked their eyebrows or walk into sunlight." It is better to sneeze then to keep it in because you can burst your eardrums. I thought this article was interesting because sneezes can be up to 100 miles per hour.

  • william1108-yyca
    3/31/2016 - 09:40 p.m.

    It is amazing that if you hold your sneeze that something happens to your ear drums. But now that I have read this article I now know all about sneezing. Maybe one day when I go to the library maybe I will learn about more about sneezing and if it can efect anything else.

  • ben0424-yyca-byo
    3/31/2016 - 10:04 p.m.

    Sneezing was not really a major concept for me, but this did intrigue me. When I read the part about sneezing with your eyes open, it interested me. I thought that it was impossible to sneeze with your eyes open, but it apparently is possible. Sneezes can also go 100 miles an hour, so it seems very unique. Another thing that intrigued me, is we're releasing a whole lot of germs to the air, but we get blessed for it. It seems pretty strange for that to happen.
    Critical Thinking Question Answer: An odd situation that someone might sneeze, is when they go into the sun.

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