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#82428 - 10/02/02 05:03 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
dxb Offline
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Yup. I sneeze in bright lights.


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#82429 - 10/02/02 06:27 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
FishonaBike Offline
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when i have the feeling i am about to sneeze, and i am almost there but not quite... then looking directly at a bright light will bring the sneeze on!

Me too. Bright lights won't make me sneeze unless there's a "tickle" already there.



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#82430 - 10/02/02 08:34 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
boronia Offline
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ditto for me - especially if I look into bright sunlight


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#82431 - 10/02/02 09:25 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
TEd Remington Offline
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This has always been a puzzle to me. I, like many people I know, have a tendency to sneeze when going from the dark into bright sunlight. I think it's a pretty widespread response, which implies there is a genetic advantage.

I've pondered this, and wonder if it's because a sneeze peps up your olfactory senses, so that our ancestors, when going from the forest onto the plains, would be better able to smell trouble.

On the other hand, a sneeze would alert predators of your presence, which would in my view tend to be a sorta bad thing. Unless, of course, the sneeze tends to startle the predators so they jump and run.

This response is not limited to humans, by the way. Many dogs do it. The dachsunds my parents owned were particularly susceptible.



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#82432 - 10/02/02 09:36 AM Yawn
FishonaBike Offline
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genetic advantage

Hmmm. I wonder if there's a connection to a yawn being kicked off in some people by going from a muggy indoors to a fresh and bracing outdoors?

A yawn brings on a forced input of air, so is actually waking you up. At least that's my excuse.


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#82433 - 10/02/02 10:01 PM Re: How do you sneeze?
modestgoddess Offline
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Registered: 02/18/02
Posts: 833
Loc: Eastern Ontario, Canada
jus' flingin' in my two cents' worth:

I don't sneeze in bright lights (well, sometimes I do, but not because of the bright lights! ie, not because I've moved from somewhere dark to somewhere light). The first I heard of this phenomenon, someone I knew told me her doctor had said something to her about, "You know how you sneeze when you first go outside on a sunny day?..." I said, "You do?" and I think she was surprised by this as well - we fell into the "are you crazy?" school and he was obviously one of the "doesn't everybody?" school.

Interesting how an individual's view of what is universally true/real often develops from individual experience without reference to what is true/real for others....

If you can't see the bright side, polish the dull side.

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#82434 - 10/02/02 11:14 PM Re: How do you sneeze?
Bobyoungbalt Offline
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In reply to:

ditto for me - especially if I look into bright sunlight


Me too.


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#82435 - 10/03/02 06:13 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
Faldage Offline
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I remember once reading that it was counted a big thing that Davy Crockett (or was it his father) could look straight at the sun and not sneeze. I seem to remember thinking, "how quaint".


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#82436 - 10/03/02 07:19 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
Wordwind Offline
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In reply to:

I remember once reading that it was counted a big thing that Davy Crockett (or was it his father) could
look straight at the sun and not sneeze.


...Well, bully for either of them. Pretty stupid thing to do. Leastways if you want to soundly screw up your vision.


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#82437 - 10/03/02 07:28 AM Re: How do you sneeze?
Faldage Offline
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if you want to soundly screw up your vision.

I'd say it was a right smart thang to do if you wanted to soundly screw up your vision.


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