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planktonian
01-19-2005, 04:53 PM
Most times when i look at the sun from a certain angle I sneeze. I usually sneeze twice and then stop.

My sister is the same.

Does anyone know why this happens.

Thanks
Andy :

Squink
01-19-2005, 05:02 PM
Does anyone know why this happens.
Cecil knows all:
Why do some people sneeze when going out into bright light? (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_303.html)

Q.E.D.
01-19-2005, 05:02 PM
Cecil nose....errr, knows. (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_303.html)

Rune
01-19-2005, 05:03 PM
I do it too. Some people do not. I've heard it's an inherited trait fairly easy to trace through the family lines.

I suppose itís there to protect the eyes. Looking at the sun, or any bright light, can damage your vision or make you go blind.

Q.E.D.
01-19-2005, 05:03 PM
Curse you, Squink!! :p

Squink
01-19-2005, 05:04 PM
Feeling under the weather today Q.E.D.? You're a little slow. ;)

planktonian
01-19-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks very much. I can now officially class myself as suffering from PSR!! - I wonder if I can get disability benefit :cool:

I will probably subscribe to this site just cos you answered my age old question.

Thanks

WhyNot
01-19-2005, 05:20 PM
Yep. My grandfather, my dad, me and my son. We're teased in the family for it. But we all have the prettiest blue eyes, so there! :p

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