The human body is all kinds of weird.
Between all the cracking joints and gurgling stomachs, your body is a veritable orchestra of unconventional instruments just lying in wait until they can work together to embarrass you. Take, for example, the sneeze.
It's possible to have a dainty sneeze, but those never come around when you're in an otherwise silent room full of people. No, it's at those moments that your most cacophonous, bombastic sneezes assault your nose, and you're left in a room that used to be empty but is now filled with the echo of your sneeze and about 1,000 people saying "bless you."
It can be tempting to plug your nose and hold your sneeze in. But as I just learned today, you should never, ever do that.
The average sneeze travels at about 100 miles per hour.
via: ShutterstockIt's kind of amazing that tissues work at all when you think about the speed your sneeze is traveling, right? A good sneeze can feel great, but they don't always come at the most opportune times.
Well, as it turns out, you really shouldn't be holding your nose when you sneeze at all.
via: ShutterstockA recent case study reported the experience of one man in the U.K. who decided to hold his nose and close his mouth in order to suppress a sneeze. As he soon learned, though, that was a horrible decision.
via: ShutterstockHe instantly felt a painful, popping sensation in his throat. He headed to the ER, and by the time he got there he had lost his voice and was barely able to swallow.
via: ShutterstockWhen the doctors examined him, they heard a strange crackling sound all the way from his neck to his rib cage. The doctors decided to take a closer look at his throat...