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Nothing To Sneeze At
Topic: Trying (Futilely) To Keep Up
Posted by Everyman - 09:37:47 EST

After some months of flawed or non-existent performance on my desktop, Answers.com has quite unexpectedly returned to something like normal operation, doing what it had been doing for several years but without any acknowledgment of its long absence, perhaps hoping - fondly - that we have not noticed its lapses, its absence.

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Oddly, and unsettlingly, this item is dated . . .

FOR JANUARY 7, 2012!!!!

And some suggestion on its website that it has an alliance of sorts - unholy or otherwise - with Facebook now, which could explain a lot by failing to explain much.

Not altogether reassuring, I'll admit, for a number of reasons, including all of those capital letters (why is it shouting at me now, after months of silence?) and exclamation points which, if they are meant to make the reappearance more important on the UI (I love speaking computer, every now and then) fail completely to do so.

Still . . .

When and if it works, it's a useful addition in the world of computing - telling you things that you may not have known and, indeed, were quite possibly unaware that you did not know them (just the ticket for people like me) - so, with the expectation that it will work well, at least for awhile, I recommend it for stuff like this:

Can you sneeze while asleep?

You can sneeze during sleep, but it's much less likely that you will.

Sneezing is an uncontrollable physical reaction to an outside stimulus, such as a dust particle or strong odor, which triggers the nerve endings in the lining of the nose, travels to the central nervous system and back to the muscles of the face, throat and chest, causing us to forcefully expel air from the mouth and nose.

In our bedroom at night there is less airflow, meaning that fewer foreign particles are inclined to attack your nose. In addition, the area of the brain responsible for the sneeze reflex relaxes while we are asleep. So, the brain is less likely to notice the stimulus and, therefore, is less likely to respond with a sneeze.

If you do actually sneeze while you're asleep, the sneeze is likely to wake you up, at least for a moment.

Quote: "I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness." James Thurber

Make of it, then, what you will.

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