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Artemisia Tridentata
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Back to the blueprints guys. The sneeze reaction was "designed" to clear the respiratory system of foreign irritants before they can damage the system. Bright light irritates the eyes, which are plumbed into the system. So does plucking nose hairs. The design appears to be intelligent. However, the sensors are not all universally calibrated.
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Holy cow there's a name for it (and to think I passed up this thread for days because I read philotic sneezer). My wife thought I was so weird how I always get the urge to sneeze when I get out to the bright light and then look in the direction of the sun to do so. Now I'm not only not weird, but I genetically belong to a minority now! Whoot.
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I sneeze twice every time I walk outside on a bright day. Although lately it's been three sneezes.

I can't believe some people have neither experienced nor witnessed this.

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/boggle

I plead the 5th amendment.

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Not that anyone cares, but I've heard that plucking nose hairs is not a good idea as that particular area is prone to infection (i.e. high exposure to trapped alergens and bacteria). Might want to go with the trimmer and just, you know, keep it clean.

And now I'm off to think happy, non-muculent thoughts.

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quote:
Originally posted by advice for robots:
I can't believe some people have neither experienced nor witnessed this.

For those of us who haven't experienced it, it's not that we've never witnessed it -- more like, why would we make the connection that going from dark to bright light is what's causing that other person to sneeze? People sneeze all the time. I would assume they breathed in something they're allergic to that I'm not or something. Since bright light doesn't make me sneeze, why should I think that's what's making you sneeze if no one ever pointed that out?

I guess if it always happened to someone I spend tons of time with, I might have been more inclined to make the connection. Believe me, after reading this thread I'll definitely be observing sneezes more carefully!

(And yes, I was one more person who read "philotic sneezer" when I clicked on this thread . . .)

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quote:

I can't believe some people have neither experienced nor witnessed this.

It's not actually all that common -- and due to the way it's transmitted, there's a strong likelihood that people who are photic sneezers know mostly other people who also are, and vice versa.
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I now have a pimple on the border between my nose and my moustache.

I blame you all.

[Mad]

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I accept no blame for your pimple. Now, if you sneezed when suddenly entering the sunlight and your older sister appeared beside you in her most beautiful, idealized and youthful state, perhaps we would need to admit some culpability.
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Leonide
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Ha!
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CRash
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Dude, that happened to me today.
And I don't even HAVE a sister.

Start with the admittances, people.

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I was first alerted to my condition by a Russian missionary companion who thought it was immensly funny that I would sneeze three times every time we walked out of a building (all the stairwells in Russian apartment buildings are poorly lit and we went from one to another at an incredible rate of speed.)

Sergeant

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Me and my mom are both photic sneezer. As already said, I thought it to be normal.
Question: Are you photic sneezers tong-rollers, too? And vice versa.

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No, I'm a photic sneezer but cannot role my tonue. But touching the top of my mouth with my tongue usually contributes to making me sneeze. Not sure if that's the kind of connection you were looking for. Oh well.
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Sergeant
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Pinky,

I'm am a tongue-rolling photic sneezing fool [Smile]

Sergeant

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Ditto for me. But no one else in my immediate family can do either. Sometimes I think I'm adopted.
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Then either those gens are not-dominant (recessive?)or you are. [Smile] The ultimative test for very child: when both of your parents are tongue-rollers and/or photic sneezers, but you are not, then you are probably adopted or "half-adopted".
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quote:

Pinky,

I'm am a tongue-rolling photic sneezing fool [Smile]

Sergeant

lol

Welcome in the Club!

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I'd never even heard of this condition before. I've certainly never seen it. Is it more common in certain geographic areas?
Both my father and me have it, at least to some extent. I thought all people had it... :S
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Then either those gens are not-dominant (recessive?)or you are. The ultimative test for very child: when both of your parents are tongue-rollers and/or photic sneezers, but you are not, then you are probably adopted or "half-adopted".
That test doesn't work unless you know for a fact that a trait is autosomal recessive and both your parents have it... Or you know that a trait is autosomal dominant and neither of your parents have it but you do. (Although sometimes autosomal dominant traits are new mutations. Well, so are autosomal recessive ones, but not quite as often, because both parents' genes would have to mutate the same way at the same time for the trait to appear.)

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