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(Gizmodo)   Staring at the Sun can make you sneeze. HERE COMES THE SCIENCE   (gizmodo.com) divider line 59
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2014-06-16 01:01:53 PM  
Oh. I thought everyone knew this. My dad taught me to look at a bright light if I was ever stuck on the edge of a sneeze and it would make me sneeze. Probably unconsciously do this every few days or so. Works.
 
2014-06-16 01:05:20 PM  
Coining the term "solar sneeze" alone makes this line of inquiry worthwhile...
 
2014-06-16 01:17:14 PM  

FoonFlake: Coining the term "solar sneeze" alone makes this line of inquiry worthwhile...


Yeah, until it knocks out the satellites or the power grid!
 
2014-06-16 02:43:50 PM  
Does anyone else derive serious pleasure from sneezing or am just some kind of freak? A good solid sneeze makes me get all lightheaded and tingly afterwards. If it wasn't for the high probability of boogers flying out of my face, I'd force myself to sneeze all the time.
 
2014-06-16 03:17:22 PM  
Staring at a light isn't what makes you sneeze. It's the act of looking up at the light that makes you sneeze. At least that's what an old science teacher told me, so I tried it and it worked.
 
2014-06-16 03:18:37 PM  
Anyone else have a peppermint-triggered sneeze reflex, or am I just a weirdo?
 
2014-06-16 03:18:52 PM  
Photic sneeze response is common in my family. My mom does it, I do it, and my kids do it.
 
2014-06-16 03:19:44 PM  

miss diminutive: Does anyone else derive serious pleasure from sneezing or am just some kind of freak? A good solid sneeze makes me get all lightheaded and tingly afterwards. If it wasn't for the high probability of boogers flying out of my face, I'd force myself to sneeze all the time.


If I have a sneeze building then yeah, it feels good to tilt my face to the sun and make it happen but otherwise you're kind of a freak.

My sister and I both have a fairly strong "solar sneeze" reflex. If I can feel that I have a sneeze coming on I can 100% force a sneeze by looking towards the sun. Although I always do it with my eyes closed and it still works so I dunno. I can't say I have tried to force a "cold" sneeze by looking at the sun. I'll give it a shot the next time the sun comes out (Seattle, so not today!)
 
2014-06-16 03:21:12 PM  
"The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. The sun is but a morning star."
~~Henry David Thoreau, on Hindu farkers who stared at the sun to blind themselves as a show of religious devotion.

Er, I mean Fakirs.
 
2014-06-16 03:21:32 PM  
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2014-06-16 03:22:33 PM  

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Damnit
 
2014-06-16 03:22:46 PM  
that's where the fun is
 
2014-06-16 03:22:57 PM  

cgraves67: Photic sneeze response is common in my family. My mom does it, I do it, and my kids do it.


I do it, but a lot less since I started taking Xyzal.  My older son rips off three or four sneezes every time he goes out in the sun.

What I want to know is why salt makes me cough.
 
2014-06-16 03:24:40 PM  

TerminalEchoes: Staring at a light isn't what makes you sneeze. It's the act of looking up at the light that makes you sneeze. At least that's what an old science teacher told me, so I tried it and it worked.


I sneeze just from walking from a dark area to a bright one.  I can be looking at the floor and it still happens.
 
2014-06-16 03:25:59 PM  
i've been doing this photic sneezing thing for ever!!! it's a blessing and a curse!!
 
2014-06-16 03:35:09 PM  

davidphogan: TerminalEchoes: Staring at a light isn't what makes you sneeze. It's the act of looking up at the light that makes you sneeze. At least that's what an old science teacher told me, so I tried it and it worked.

I sneeze just from walking from a dark area to a bright one.  I can be looking at the floor and it still happens.


It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.
 
2014-06-16 03:35:30 PM  

cgraves67: Photic sneeze response is common in my family. My mom does it, I do it, and my kids do it.


My wife and kids do it. The first time I had ever even heard of someone sneezing due to the sun was when I met my wife. I find it funny that as soon as we go outside, they all sneeze, in order it seems.

She doesn't find it as humorous as I do.
 
2014-06-16 03:36:06 PM  

miss diminutive: Does anyone else derive serious pleasure from sneezing or am just some kind of freak? A good solid sneeze makes me get all lightheaded and tingly afterwards. If it wasn't for the high probability of boogers flying out of my face, I'd force myself to sneeze all the time.


My brother claims to love sneezing, he's the only person I know who enjoys the process, but we think he's some kind of freak. He'd always have a fit of sneezing after a few beers, and enjoy it, sometimes as many as 10-15 sneezes in rapid succession, out of nothing. No cold, no illness, fine before, fine after. Beer sneezes.
 
2014-06-16 03:37:20 PM  
My moon is nothing to sneeze at.
 
2014-06-16 03:37:22 PM  
Yeah,  had this my whole life.  DRTFA, not a fatal condition, no need to Science it out.
 
2014-06-16 03:38:30 PM  

phaseolus: Anyone else have a peppermint-triggered sneeze reflex, or am I just a weirdo?


The two may not be mutually exclusive.

I'm a solar sneezer and an Altoids sneezer.

Its worse when I park the car, take off my sunglasses, pop an Altoid into my mouth and then step out into the sun.  Guaranteed sneeze.
 
2014-06-16 03:38:38 PM  
Okay I was gonna stop anyway
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/is this a good actnivity?
//the yellow one is the Sun!
 
2014-06-16 03:39:48 PM  
I was at a concert last year, and during one song a bank of strong aircraft lights shone over the crowd. A portion started sneezing, including myself.
 
2014-06-16 03:41:53 PM  

miss diminutive: Does anyone else derive serious pleasure from sneezing or am just some kind of freak? A good solid sneeze makes me get all lightheaded and tingly afterwards. If it wasn't for the high probability of boogers flying out of my face, I'd force myself to sneeze all the time.


Do you get the visual stars, too? I'd do it more often but my anterior descending artery will probably fail the pressure test.

Get one of these...

www.zombiehunters.org
 
2014-06-16 03:42:00 PM  

phaseolus: Anyone else have a peppermint-triggered sneeze reflex, or am I just a weirdo?


I do! Altoids can be dangerous.
 
2014-06-16 03:42:14 PM  

phaseolus: Anyone else have a peppermint-triggered sneeze reflex, or am I just a weirdo?


I'm a mint-sneezer as well as a sun-sneezer.
 
2014-06-16 03:42:28 PM  
The eclipse is over. You may once again stare directly into the sun.
 
2014-06-16 03:43:39 PM  
Just throwing in my 2 cents that I do this too, and so did my mother. I thought it was perfectly normal until I met people who simply didn't believe me one bit when I first told them about it.

One thing I've noticed as I've gotten older is that the effect is far more pronounced when I have a full stomach. Sometimes I'll walk outside to go to lunch on a sunny day and not sneeze right then, but when I get out of the restaurant later, just try to stop me....
 
2014-06-16 03:45:23 PM  

dixchigme: i've been doing this photic sneezing thing for ever!!! it's a blessing and a curse!!


I tried to explain this to a close friend, who didn't believe me. Always uneducated but ever practical, he said it was "allergies". Because in his common sense world, you can't smell light.
 
2014-06-16 03:46:27 PM  
Argh, just noticed this in TFA:

    Not a bad hypothesize.

Argh.
 
2014-06-16 03:47:03 PM  
Weird, this doesn't happen to me at all.
 
2014-06-16 03:49:41 PM  
Generally you are not allowed to be a combat pilot or carrier landing rated if you have the photic sneeze reflex.


/How is this news again? This is like .. dawn of time stuff here
 
2014-06-16 03:52:15 PM  
Momma told me not to look into the eyes of the sun.

But Momma, that's where the sneeze is.
 
2014-06-16 03:52:43 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: cgraves67: Photic sneeze response is common in my family. My mom does it, I do it, and my kids do it.

My wife and kids do it. The first time I had ever even heard of someone sneezing due to the sun was when I met my wife. I find it funny that as soon as we go outside, they all sneeze, in order it seems.

She doesn't find it as humorous as I do.


I have it, my wife doesn't.  Our two kids both do.  Same thing for us.  We all walk out into the bright light and the three of us all start sneezing whilst my wife just laughs at our boogery faces.
 
2014-06-16 03:53:02 PM  
Sun-sneezer and mint-sneezer here, too.
 
2014-06-16 03:59:16 PM  
I do, and I always assumed everyone did too.   Got a sneeze coming, not quite there, look at bright light and boom, there it is!

And I too get pleasure out of a good sneeze, especially outside, where I'll just let it fly!
 
2014-06-16 04:03:48 PM  
just going from low light to bright light makes me sneeze everytime. It's been known about for quite a while Photic sneeze reflex
 
2014-06-16 04:09:27 PM  
I've never heard of such a thing.  *shrugs*

I think my grandma (on mom's side) sneezes with anything peppermint (or was it "just gets the goosebumps" from it?).
 
2014-06-16 04:15:04 PM  

TerminalEchoes: Staring at a light isn't what makes you sneeze. It's the act of looking up at the light that makes you sneeze. At least that's what an old science teacher told me, so I tried it and it worked.


I used to think that too, but I learned that in the absence of strong overhead lighting I can use the eleventy-billion candlepower LED on my phone to achieve the same effect at any viewing angle, so I don't think that's it...
 
2014-06-16 04:26:20 PM  

miss diminutive: Does anyone else derive serious pleasure from sneezing or am just some kind of freak? A good solid sneeze makes me get all lightheaded and tingly afterwards. If it wasn't for the high probability of boogers flying out of my face, I'd force myself to sneeze all the time.


Cluster sneezing is the closest a man will ever come to being multi-orgasmic.
 
2014-06-16 04:59:05 PM  

Pawprint: Argh, just noticed this in TFA:

    Not a bad hypothesize.

Argh.


Yeah, that's where I stopped reading.

/sun sneezer when I forget my sunglasses
 
2014-06-16 05:07:14 PM  
I read "with the blinds close" and "Not a bad hypothesize." Then, the entire page blanked itself out.

Newspapers, stop firing your editors.
 
2014-06-16 05:10:46 PM  
I tried remedies, but they don't help.  Staring at the sky, staring at the sun.   Whichever I chose it amounts to the same: absolutely nothing.
 
2014-06-16 05:29:07 PM  
Used to happen to me as a little kid, and I remember asking my mom about it. Her response at the time was disappointing- I don't care if that was 1976.

/her responses about the movie Black Hole were likewise lacking
 
2014-06-16 05:37:21 PM  
And gee, here I just thought it was from a miswiring of the trigeminal nerve that gives a stimulus to sneeze, but I guess they just don't know why according to gizmodo. Perhaps I should check out Cecil Adams straight away. Fighting ignorance seems to take a long time.
 
2014-06-16 05:38:47 PM  

T-Servo: Used to happen to me as a little kid, and I remember asking my mom about it. Her response at the time was disappointing- I don't care if that was 1976.

/her responses about the movie Black Hole were likewise lacking


Well, to be fair, I think that the ending is still not understood.
 
2014-06-16 05:49:54 PM  
Photic sneezing?  Could be worse.
 
2014-06-16 06:03:54 PM  
I Photic Sneeze all the time. Any time that I go outdoors into the sunlight after being indoors for a bit I immediately sneeze as soon as the sunlight first hits my face. It's farking annoying.
 
2014-06-16 07:09:19 PM  
I used to love doing that as a kid. Now there's a permanent black spot in the center of my vision. When I look at a star at night it disappears.
 
2014-06-16 07:25:28 PM  
I guess I'm like the 20th person in this thread to say it... but indeed I've been doing this since I was a kid.  I don't have a general sneeze reflex in bright light... but if I have a sneeze coming that I can't get out, staring at a light works every time.  Unfortunately for me, it generally leads to more sneezes and more stuffiness.
 
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