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#82478 - 10/14/02 10:15 PM Re: achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo  
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sometimes, Annastrophic, as sneeze is just a sneeze. even if you sneeze a half dozen times in rapid succession
then again...


#82479 - 10/14/02 10:28 PM Re: achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo  
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The Spanish word for sneeze is estornudo and the most unusual consistent noise I ever heard a sneezer make was made by one of my Mexican sister-in-laws or is that sisters-in-law?. Her's was a truncated "heep", almost like a chopped off beginning of a hiccough. Curiously, the Spanish for hiccough is hipo pronounced ee-po. Let the discussion on hiccough vs hiccup begin!


#82480 - 10/15/02 07:52 AM Re: achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo  
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My mom is one of those serial sneezers of whom you speak, ot. Without fail, she sneezes three times in rapid succession, then there's a pause of thirty seconds or so, and she has one final nostril-blaster.

I'm not typically a serial sneezer, but now that I've developed Midwest allergies, I've been known to get several in one sitting. My normal pattern is one if it's just a standard sneeze, two if I'm getting sick.


#82481 - 10/15/02 10:09 AM Re: Soundly Screwing Up Vision  
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the big lie

This from someone who doesn't know the difference between picking nits and rattling chains.


#82482 - 10/15/02 02:10 PM Re: achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo, achoo  
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sometimes, Annastrophic, as sneeze is just a sneeze. even if you sneeze a half dozen times in rapid succession
then again...


Close but no cigar, Dr. Troy.


#82483 - 10/15/02 04:10 PM Re: Yawns are contagious  
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Just the sight of someone yawning, or the mere thought of a yawn, can trigger it

You're absolutely, 100% right, Juan!

Yawns are even more contagious than laughter. Although it's more difficult to stop contagious laughter once started..


#82484 - 10/15/02 06:26 PM Re: Yawns are contagious  
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I've heard that cats are the only other species susceptible to this yawn phenomenon - so if you yawn at a cat, you can make it yawn. Same as a baby - that's the way to get them to pop their ears if they're having trouble on an airplane - establish eye contact and yawn at the kid.

The weird things I pull out of my brain.


#82485 - 10/16/02 01:21 PM Re: Yawns are contagious  
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if you yawn at a cat, you can make it yawn

I believe that's subtly different, FB - it's about you and the cat saying that you are relaxed in one another's company. You can also try letting your eyes close slowly, and often a friendly cat will copy you, showing that it is relaxed in your presence. It'll often, say, jump into your lap after.

Didn't know about the baby reaction, though. Have to try that.




#82486 - 10/17/02 04:39 PM Re: Yawns are contagious  
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Not just cats, I think I can make my dog yawn...
What about contagious hiccups?



#82487 - 10/21/02 05:15 AM Re: Yawns are contagious  
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Just to add a bit more to the yawn topic, although it doesn't really give an answer...

http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/homework/s95628.htm


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