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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 rid 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, and 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 because 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 (61)
  • sarahw-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:42 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is if your walking with a friend and a car is zooming past you. The dust makes you sneeze on you friends face.

  • lupec-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:43 p.m.

    Did you know you could sneeze up to 12 feet?

  • meaganj1-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:43 p.m.

    If your dog has just been rolling in the dirt or frolicking through your flower beds and then he/she pads over to you and brushes his/her hair on your face, the pollen or dust could cause you to sneeze.

  • heidio1-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:44 p.m.

    A really odd situation could be someone maybe tripping on a rock, and mid-fall they sneeze. I don't really know what could be the cause of this, maybe its a scared reaction, but it does seem odd doesn't it? "For some people, wires in their brain get crossed, and they end up sneezing at weird moments" I think this could be considered a weird moment.

  • kyleed-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:46 p.m.

    An odd situation that which might cause a person to sneeze is when they pluck their eyebrows. "For some people, wires in their brain get crossed, and they end up sneezing at weird moments, like when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun."

  • zoeo-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:46 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is stepping out into the sun or plucking their eyebrows. "For some people, wires in their brain get crossed, and they end up sneezing at weird moments, like when they pluck their eyebrows or walk into the sun." paragraph 6

  • kyleed1-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:54 p.m.

    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze is if every time that someone wanted to pop their knuckles they would instantly sneeze.

  • joshkcol-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:55 p.m.

    One odd cause might be when you are sleeping and you sneeze in your dream, which causes you to sneeze in reality.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    3/31/2016 - 07:57 p.m.

    I didn't know that a split-second auto pilot reflex causes us to sneeze when something irritates our nose. When sneezing, air along with droplets of water and mucus get taken out. The speed of the sneeze is around 100 miles per hour. That is really fast! I sometimes try to hold in the sneeze or sometimes the tingling feeling doesn't cause a sneeze but an irritation. Donna Griffiths held the highest record for continuous sneezing which is nine hundred seventy eight days.
    An odd situation that might cause someone to sneeze might be when someone plucks their eyebrows or walks into the sun.

  • maggiem-col
    3/31/2016 - 07:57 p.m.

    So my dad is allergic to cats and one time he was loading the car to go somewhere when he started to sneeze many times. So I said "There must be a cat somewhere," continuing "Look across the street!" There was a orange cat right in our neighbor's yard.

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