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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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What is an odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze?
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COMMENTS (190)
  • valeriep-1-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:08 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is when people pluck their eyebrows and walking into the sun. We sneeze because something irritates our nose, a split second autopilot reflex kicks in causing us to sneeze.

  • kevinb-1-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:09 p.m.

    An odd situation that makes us sneezes when you are "plucking your eyebrows, or walking into the sun" the sneeze happens because there is an irritation in the nose which makes your nose automatically sneeze trying to get rid of germs. When you go near the sun the blinding light goes to the eye cord which is right next to your noses cord and when your eyes see a bright light it affects your nose making you sneeze. It says in the text, "They end up sneezing at weird moments, like when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun. " this shows how it effects you when you walk into the sun and you sneeze. The sensitive vein gets triggered and so does the one next to it, your nose, making you sneeze. What I thought about this article was that it was cool and I learned a couple things from it!

  • taylorh-4-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:22 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is walking into the sun or plucking your eyebrows. The article says that "They end up sneezing at weird moments, like when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun." I found this article interesting because I did not know that these weird things could make a person sneeze.

  • davidd-4-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:22 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze are "when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun."paragraph-6. But ur brain causes u to sneeze "when something irritates our nose"paragraph-2. I found this article interesting because I actually believed the myth that when you sneeze your heart stops.

  • sheilah-6-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:40 p.m.

    Sometimes sneezes come at odd times. In the article it said that people can sneeze,"when they pluck their eyebrows." This might not be a situation people usually get sneezes. The brain sneezes to get the germs out. It is always a good thing to sneeze because holding on to one can harm one's body. The body sneezes when it wants to. I found this article interesting because I sneeze a lot and I found the reason interesting.

  • johnd-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 10:44 p.m.

    An odd situation that people might sneeze is at a random time. "wires in their brain get crossed. They end up sneezing at weird moments." So it is possible for your brain to mess up and sneeze randomly. Causing you to sneeze when you don't need to sneeze.
    It was a boring article

  • summerc-1-bar
    3/31/2016 - 11:25 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is when they walk out into the sunshine or when someone plucks their eyebrows, as the article says in paragraph 6.
    I found this article to be interesting because the answer was explained in great detail.

  • lukep-6-bar
    3/31/2016 - 11:40 p.m.

    Sneezing happens when our bodies are trying to get rid of mucus. A sneeze is when air along with droplets of water and mucus get pushed out of our mouth and nose. Some odd situations where some people may sneeze is when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun. This happens because wires in their brain get crossed.

  • markm-3-bar
    3/31/2016 - 11:43 p.m.

    Some odd situations that might cause people to sneeze are when people pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun. This article made stuff clearer for me because I did believe that when you sneeze, your heart stops but apparently it doesn't. This was also really interesting because a girl could sneeze for 978 days straight. I don't know why she'd do that but sometimes you just got to go for things in life.

  • carolinev-2-bar
    4/01/2016 - 12:03 a.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is when they pluck their eyebrow or even walk out and to the sun and stare at it for too long. People will sneeze in these random situations because wires in their brain cross and cause these sneeze attack's to begin. In paragraph six the article states, "for some people, wire is in their brain get crossed, and they end up sneezing at weird moments"this shows that wires getting crossed in your brain is one of the main reasons you will sneeze in odd moments.

    I thought that this article was very interesting, because sometimes I sneeze in weird situations too. Period

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