Interesting Facts About Sneezing

September 17, 2009 | In: Medical facts

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. The highest recorded “sneeze speed” is 165 km per hour.

You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.

Thomas Edison used his early movie-camera technology to film the action of sneezes.

People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a millisecond.

The medical term for a sneeze is “sternutation”.

The person who holds the longest sneezing streak of being able to sneeze almost every minute was England’s Donna Griffiths. Her usual day was spent entirely on sneezing. She actually spent the 978 days of her life sneezing.

Sneezing too hard can fracture a rib. Suppressing a sneeze can cause a blood vessel in your head or neck to rupture. Also, it is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open and it is believe if your eyes were held open during a sneeze, your eyes would pop out.

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7 Responses to Interesting Facts About Sneezing



April 29th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Sneezing is 1/8 the feeling of an orgasm :D



June 28th, 2010 at 3:30 am

A sneeze happens when mucous membranes in your nose become irritated. Your brain then triggers a series of responses that cause a sudden and forceful expulsion of air through your nose and mouth.

Pinch the urge — When you feel a sneeze may be coming on, pinch the end of your nose. This may stop a sneeze.

Beware of bright light — Exposure to bright light, especially sunlight, can briefly trigger sneezing in some people. Wearing sunglasses may help.

Clear your nose — Periodically blowing your nose to remove irritants can reduce sneezing. Rinsing your nostrils with a saline (saltwater) solution may also help.

Seek medical treatment — If you’re frequently bothered by sneezing, it may be allergies. Talk to your doctor.



July 26th, 2010 at 10:46 am

Some people only sneeze when they’re sick; lots of others sneeze when the air is dusty or filled with pollen from plants and flowers.

A few people sneeze when they go from dark places into light places, like walking out of a movie theater onto a bright street. That’s called “photic sneezing.”



August 2nd, 2010 at 7:18 pm

the word sneeze makes me sneeze…not really *sneeze* i’m just eyes are watery…



August 11th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

when i supress a sneeze ie. pinch my nose a keep my mouth shut tight. i then breathe out gently and out comes a mist or cloud it generaly happens when begin to have a few beers i know its a strange one but its true could anybody shed some light on this for me cheers



September 13th, 2010 at 2:47 am

So if a sneeze eight consecutive times I just had an orgasam?



September 20th, 2010 at 11:48 am

LOL about the orgasm thing
Carlos you’ve made my day :D

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