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Post by Toaster on Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:45 pm

For as long as I can remember, over-exposure to light (especially sunlight,) has often caused me to sneeze. Growing up, I always assumed this was something that everybody experiences. A while back, I was informed that... it isn't.

Turns out... light-induced sneezing, or Photic Sneeze Reflex, is something which only affects 18-35% of people. It has something to do with the over-stimulation of some optic nerve. Apparently it is a hereditary trait.

Anyway, I've asked plenty of people (outside of my family. Most of them have it...) and they all respond with something along the lines of "Sneeze when I look at the sun? What the hell are you talking about?"

So I was wondering... do you sneeze when you look at the sun?
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Post by laxspartan007 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:03 pm

umm, you crazy son!
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Post by KrAzY on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:04 pm

both me and my dad do this all the time
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Post by PiEdude on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:20 pm

Am I missing the obvious April fools joke here?
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Post by Gauz on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:21 pm

Nope


never sneeze when I look at the sun
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Post by KrAzY on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:22 pm

its not a joke... a lot of people, generally those with light-colored eyes, sneeze when they step from a dark area into bright light
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Post by BBJynne on Thu Apr 01, 2010 11:33 pm

I do this, though I have brown-ish eyes, and it isn't really consistent (maybe because brightness difference isn't?).
I mostly notice it on sunny days where the snow is still on the ground reflecting it all back, or when I actually look at the sun.

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Post by Rotaretilbo on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:06 am

I always used to think that I was odd because my right shoulder could pop out of the joint. I thought this was odd, because my left couldn't. I figured for everyone else, both their shoulders could come out of socket the way mine did. I was quite happy when my left shoulder finally started to pop out. Then I found out that the opposite was true, that it was weird and, to most people, rather sickening, that my shoulders could pop out of socket.

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Post by PiEdude on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:06 am

Huh.

Well, this has never happened to me, and this is the first I've heard of it.
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Post by Cheese on Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:09 am

You probably shouldnt look at the sun in the first place. That's one bright sun.

I have to answer no.

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Post by Ringleader on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:25 am

No dude, you and your inferior genes...

tsk tsk!
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Post by A_Bearded_Swede on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:57 am

I do.

But my eyes are not light colored. They actually still change color from yellowish brown, to green brown, to bluish brown. One my eyes were a bunch of different colors, twas pretty cool.

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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Fri Apr 02, 2010 9:19 am

Yeah, it happens to me. In fact, I often find it hard to stare at a clear blue sky without sneezing.

I can also curl my tongue!
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Post by Angatar on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:24 am

I can balance a baseball bat on my shoulder while jumping up and down stairs.

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Post by Nocbl2 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:57 am

I never sneeze at the sun.
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Post by Toaster on Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:30 pm

Yeah, I have blues eyes, and all kinds of brightness can do it. They are weak.
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Post by Ringleader on Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:44 pm

This never happens to me.
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Post by Gold Spartan on Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:59 pm

Two things
A) If you sneeze when you look at the sun, why keep looking at it?
b)Why are you looking at the sun in the first place? Generally, doing that makes you blind or see spots.
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Post by KrAzY on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:06 pm

its not when you look at the sun, its whenever you step from a dark area into a bright area
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Post by Gold Spartan on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:07 pm

KrAzY wrote:its not when you look at the sun, its whenever you step from a dark area into a bright area
Well, that's completely different. Razz

Anyways, I have to say no.
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Post by BBJynne on Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:00 pm

Gold Spartan5 wrote:Two things
A) If you sneeze when you look at the sun, why keep looking at it?
b)Why are you looking at the sun in the first place? Generally, doing that makes you blind or see spots.
it's not like we're staring into the sun, searching deep into its disk for the meaning of life.
Just glancing in its direction can do this, or like other people said, any major shift of brightness.

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Post by Ukurse on Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:51 pm

Rotaretilbo wrote:I always used to think that I was odd because my right shoulder could pop out of the joint. I thought this was odd, because my left couldn't. I figured for everyone else, both their shoulders could come out of socket the way mine did. I was quite happy when my left shoulder finally started to pop out. Then I found out that the opposite was true, that it was weird and, to most people, rather sickening, that my shoulders could pop out of socket.
What the fuck, you sick mother fucker!?
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Post by Rasq'uire'laskar on Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:00 pm

Ukurse wrote:
Rotaretilbo wrote:I always used to think that I was odd because my right shoulder could pop out of the joint. I thought this was odd, because my left couldn't. I figured for everyone else, both their shoulders could come out of socket the way mine did. I was quite happy when my left shoulder finally started to pop out. Then I found out that the opposite was true, that it was weird and, to most people, rather sickening, that my shoulders could pop out of socket.
What the fuck, you sick mother fucker!?
Sick?
*Shrugs*
Meh, if you think that's sick, I guess you don't want to hear about my family's old stove.
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Post by CivBase on Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:34 pm

Nope (to the original question, not the Rasq. Actually, now I'm quite currious about the stove story...)

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Post by Dud Doodoo on Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:14 am

No.

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