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Myths and Sneeze Theories


Some say you sneeze because of dust in the air. Some say it’s a reaction that starts with your nerves. Those who are superstitious think it could be something more .

I found out that whenever I use mouthwash I sneeze. It doesn’t matter what type of mouthwash it is but as soon as I start swishing I get that funny tingle and you know what comes next!

Sneezing has intrigued us since ancient times. There are so many myths about sneezing that cause wonder and bewilderment to a lot of us. Did you know that the estimated speed of a sneeze is 100 miles per hour? The force is like that of a fire hose. Sneezes pack a healthy punch. Don’t hold back that sneeze! With that kind of force you might bust a blood vessel. Here are some other things you may not know about sneezing:

  • The myth about the phrase “God bless you” after a sneeze says that during the time when the plague was prevalent, folks would say “God bless you” to ward off the disease. If you didn’t say “God bless you”, it could be fatal to the sneezer.
  • Another myth says if you don’t say “God bless you” to someone, their heart might stop.
  • Scientists are unclear as to why but during a sneeze, our eyes shut and it is impossible to keep your eyes open. Try it. The myth that coincides says if you do open your eyes, your eyes will pop out of your head.
  • Bacteria sent from our sneeze can travel up to 150 feet away.
  • In biblical times, people once thought that when you sneeze it was your soul trying to escape.
  • An old Asian myth says that if you sneeze someone is talking bad about you. If you sneeze twice in Canada, it stands for joy if you are pregnant if you’re not pregnant, someone is talking smack about you.

What do your sneezes say about you?

Divide Caroline says there are types of “sneezers”. This is what she says.

  • The “Correct” carries Kleenex and is careful to cover your mouth when sneezing, meaning you’re respectful of others and likes to maintain a dignified disposition.
  • The “Supporter” tends to hold in sneezes rather than risk sneezing on someone, which indicates a quiet and caring character.
  • The “Expressive” makes a big production out of sneezing and often sneezes multiple times at once, possibly making you a showy and dominating person.
  • The “Driver” sneezes loudly but quickly, making her direct and forward-thinking.
Check out the Big Bang Theory’s take on sneezing! Anyway, sneeze away because sneezing is known to boost your immunity.
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