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Can you sneeze underwater?

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Achoo! Sneezing is possible underwater - though not likely.

Asked by: Luke Boughtwood, Tamworth


This is rather like the duck’s echo – just because you have never heard one, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Sneezing underwater isn’t very likely because dust, allergens and bright sunlight – the three things that normally provoke a sneeze – are all absent.

But after conducting careful experiments in the bath with a feather, I’m able to confirm it can be done!

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Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.


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