sneezing and the observer effect


It was a week ago that I first got the idea for this post. I sneezed, and then sneezed again. I always sneeze twice, but this time, I started to ponder the duality of my sneezing. Had I always sneezed twice? Does everyone sneeze more than once? It seemed like the double-sneeze was common, but was it really?

It's not the first time I have mused about sneezing in this space. Internet resources on the multiplicity of sneezing were lacking, and any friends I tried to survey about their own sneezing habits were violently disinterested. Still, I pressed on, googling for sneeze resources, until a bit of dust flew up and made me sneeze.


So now, thanks to the vagaries of seasonal allergies and the wonders of the Observer Effect, I am only sneezing in groups of one these days. Maybe this is a lesson, and I need to compose blogs about overeating, struggling to build a comedy career, and celibacy.


My record is seven sneezes. I usually do multiples, yeah.

More often than not, I tend to be an unwilling practitioner of the triple-sneeze, during which I am almost always prematurely blessed.

Recently I've been mocked because I bless my dog when she sneezes. Yes, I know it doesn't matter to her, but it keeps me on my toes.

Harlow's per-group sneeze count ranges inconsistently from 1 upwards.

I must admit i do feel really sorry for people when they have these sneezing fits.I dont think it can be very healthy for them.My brother can sneeze between 7 to 10 times but that is because of hay fever.I do find it funny howeve that when someone does sneeze people mover at least 10 feet away.

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