Speed Sneezing

If you can read this, I can safely assume two things:

First, you passed second grade (congratulations) and second, you have never tried to sneeze with your eyes open.

If you had tried to sneeze with your eyes open, then obviously your eyeballs would have popped out of your head and you wouldn’t have been able to read this blog post. At least, that is what people say about sneezing with your eyes open, isn’t it?

Is that really true? Is it even possible to sneeze with my eyes open?

According to Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, your eyes will not fly off of your face from a forceful achoo. In fact, our eyes aren’t even connected to our nose at all.

Discovery Channel says that our eyelids snap shut during a sneeze because it is a reflex. The nose and eyes are linked by cranial nerves, so the stimulation from the sneeze travels up one nerve to the brain, then down another nerve to the eyelids, triggering a blink for most people.

I find that pretty interesting, but there is one specific part of this article that really caught my eye (pun definitely intended).

The article says that a “sneeze can erupt from your nose at an explosive 200 miles per hour.”

That is frightening. I don’t want my body doing anything 200 miles per hour. It is amazing that our noses don’t fly off our face when going that fast.

How do they measure the speed of a sneeze? What technology could possibly tell us how fast a sneeze is?

It can’t be those electronic speed limit signs you drive by on the road. Those things don’t go into triple digits.

I would like to find out how fast I sneeze. Mainly just to make it a competition with my brother.

Speaking of competition, I think there should be a new Olympic sport called speed sneezing. Wouldn’t you like to know who the Usain Bolt of sneezing is?

In speed sneezing you would have to outlaw performance enhancing drugs and test everyone for increased levels of pepper.