Monday, January 28, 2013

Sneeze if You Need To

My dad, my brothers, and I sneeze in response to bright sunlight. We always have. It’s like sneezing is what is going to get us used to the light. Sneeze twice, then you’re good. My mom has always chuckled whenever it happened, or whenever we mentioned it to one another, “You don’t have to sneeze.” We shake our heads at her, knowing that we do have to sneeze, but there isn’t anything we can do to prove it to her.

Except watch Veggie Tales.

Photic sneeze reflex?! That’s actually a thing? I’d always known that I was right when my mom was telling me I was being silly, but I didn’t know there was actually a clinical term for it. According to wikipedia, there are still many things we don’t know about it, but it does effect 18-25% of the population, and the first known mention of it was by Aristotle.

In conclusion: Ha, Mom! Take that!

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