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Has anyone ever sneezed with their eyes open?

Asked by bigboss (990 points ) January 12th, 2010

I heard that this was impossible. I never really tried it becuase everytime I get the urge to sneeze I forget about this.

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Spinel's avatar

If my memory serves me correctly, I did once. Air came out my eyes. My nose was messed up for awhile. It’s really not a fun experience.

faye's avatar

Science says you cannot -all the facial muscles get involved and eyes closing is one of them

Spinel's avatar

and then again, maybe my memory fails…interesting…

pjanaway's avatar

Your eyes would pop out probably.

Zone36's avatar

Yes. It is possible watch Mythbusters. Although he had to force his eyes open. They caught it on a high speed camera.

daemonelson's avatar

@faye Science does not.

@pjanaway That is quite improbable. There is a film over your eyes which is quite well-tethered. Not to mention, the optic nerve isn’t that long.

Mythbusters did it. @Zone36 Indeedly.

Violet's avatar

I didn’t think it was possible!

bigboss's avatar

i didnt think it was possible either.

@ zone…those guys beards in mythbusters bother me. just shave please!

Zen_Again's avatar

It’s simply impossible.

mattbrowne's avatar

Well, driving and sneezing can be a challenge. We need to reopen our eyes fast.

poisonedantidote's avatar

mythbusters already covered this one. your eyes do not pop out. i personally cant recall ever doing it though.

stratman37's avatar

I once did it with ONE eye open, and NOT using my fingers to hold it open.

faye's avatar

MY GOD! He held his eyes open with his fingers!!!! This does not count at all, anyone could do that!!

daemonelson's avatar

@faye They mentioned in the episode, people can train themselves to do it. It just takes a while.

bigboss's avatar

@daemonelson i dont see the need to train oneself for this. seems a pretty useless talent unless your going for the world record of longest time spent without blinking and a sneeze comes on.

daemonelson's avatar

@bigboss I’m quite good at licking my nose and chin, as well as wiggling my eyebrows independently of each other. Also, I can go cross-eyed in a number of different ways. I find facial muscles to be most useful.

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