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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Allergies and Sneezing Records

I'm loving all of my blooming trees! The magnolia and dogwood are at their peak! The crabapples, three varieties, are just about to open up! I, on the other hand, am stopped up! Even full of Zertec and allergy eye drops, I'm sneezing 5 and 6 times in a row! Hmmm...wonder what the Guinness Book of Records is for number of sneezes?
According to the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records, The longest recorded sneezing fit is that of Donna Griffiths (UK). She began sneezing on January 13, 1981 and sneezed an estimated one million times in the first 365 days. Her first sneeze-free day came 978 days later on September 16, 1983. Well, I didn't mean how many days, in a row...just how many consecutive sneezes. I guess there isn't a record!
Fastest sneeze ~ The highest speed at which expelled particles from a sneeze have been measured to travel is 103.6 mph (167 km/h). I'm fairly certain you would have to leave your mouth uncovered for the particles to be measured as far as speed. Don't worry...I swear, I cover my mouth every time! LOL!

33 comments:

  1. I feel bad when I sneeze several times in a row, I can't imagine a million times in 365 days. Do you realize that's an average of 2,740 (rounded up) per day? That's over 100 per hour if you were awake every hour of the day. That's insane!

    How do you get picked to sneeze for speed? That could be interesting.

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  2. Leave it to you, Kayren to figure up the numbers! Wow..that's even worse than I realized! 100 per hour for for a whole year!

    I don't know about speed, but our Harry yells when he sneezes...he'd win a prize for sound if nothing else. ha.

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  3. poor girl...I'm right there with you, sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throat - yuck!

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  4. That is some crazy sneeze data, Betsy! lol I'm usually a 3-in-a-row girl, myself:)

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  5. I heard on the news last night that it was really awful there...maybe veils and hankies need to make a come back! You sure have a mind for facts and details don't you...thanks for sharing! Come say hi :D

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  6. Hi Betsy - do you take all the photos you put on your blog? They are really lovely.

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  7. You blooms are beautiful... Love the color.

    What an allergy friendly post. I've had a few sneezes of my own today. Every time we sneeze, our Molly comes to see if we are OK.


    Thanks for all those facts...cool.

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  8. It's not just confined to the Continental U.S. Betsy, I seemed to have been sneezing & spluttering here in Australia for the past 9 mths.! Haven't used more Claratyne in my life. MOTH holds the record for the LOUDEST sneeze. They can be heard in Outer Space.
    Millie ^_^

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  9. Cool facts1 I love facts so I enjoyed this. I dislike sneezng when I drive, as I have to look away from the road for as second.
    I love your header and your new profile picture ,you look great.;)
    Have a lovely day,
    xo

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  10. The Good Lady Wife always sneezes either four or five times in a row. I count them like a religious office : always believing that I can predict the course of the day's events, the lottery numbers, or the next day's weather based on the number of minor olfactory explosions.

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  11. All of our trees and flowers ae blooming early too because of the unusually warm weather. I love your header picture by the way. And it won't be long before I'm sneezing when I start mowing the lawn.

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  12. i hiccuped for 3 days straight a couple weeks ago...though i was going for the record...and hating every minute...

    if i sneezed for 900+ days i would be done...

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  13. Angelmay ~ almost all...I let you know if it's not mine.

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  14. Millie ~ well, if we listen closely, maybe you can hear Harry sneeze and we can hear MOTH? haha

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  15. Alan ~ haha...that is TOO funny! I've never thought of the number in a lucky way...I'm like Zuzana and worry about the road when I'm driving!

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  16. I don't even HAVE allergies and I'm feeling wheezy now. I blame it on the above-average warmth here; the cool-season plants weren't finished by time the warm-season ones started.

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  17. i have the SAME color..just beautiful betsy

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  18. Beautiful photo! And hope you feel better!! Allergies are kicking my butt too. Do your sneezes come in three's like mine? We can always tell when more are coming!

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  19. Can you imagine having to measure the speed!

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  20. I just found your blog, and I do love it. I have four sons, too!

    Love the Tagore quote about the bird singing in the dark. You have a lot to share about singing in the dark and dancing in the rain.

    I'll be back!

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  21. For the past week I feel as if I could sleep day and night. Eyes feel like their stuck out on matchsticks, and a general all over feeling of yuck !
    I love the Spring flowers, but they play havoc with our sinuses.

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  22. I have missed you. I hope your pollen will soon get over. I think our pollen has moved up to you guys. Take care and keep the tissues handy.

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  23. I can't imagine how that would be!

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  24. Ewww..a sneeze that fast could knock someone over! Ha. Well, I certainly hope your sneezes don;t last days on end as that poor girl. Can you imagine trying to do everything you do if that was the case? Awful.

    All those trees are so lovely. Here in CO I haven;t seen one tree blossom yet. Isn't that funny?

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  25. Pollen is at a ALL TIME HIGH in our area! I have some allergy prone people here and the tissues boxes are emptying FAST! But, it sure is beautiful to see the flowers and trees in FULL BLOOM.

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  26. So, let me understand this. Your trees are making you sick, and you're loving it?

    Thanks, by the way. You've given me an idea for a future post!

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  27. I normally sneeze my way through the month of May. The lilacs haven't bloomed yet so the sneezing hasn't started but I'm certain it won't be long. (Gotta keep that box of tissues handy! Now where's my nose spray?)

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  28. Mr. Fox ~ happy to help you out :)

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  29. Martha ~ my lilac bloomed yesterday! And..I added a nasal spray to my allergy-med-cocktail. ;)

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