Saturday, 18 March 2017

Sneezing Medications

The meme doing the rounds concerning Trump having met with the leader of the free world (aka Angela Merkel) yesterday is quite amusing. One wonders how much longer this paranoid-psychotic can cling on to power before the men in white coats come to take him away for treatment.

Taking advantage of us both having a day off yesterday, Hay and I went for a coastal walk at Sand Point near Weston Super Mare, followed by a coffee at a sea-front restaurant in Clevedon. The restaurant was filled to the gills with retired people in their 70s and 80s (Clevedon and Weston are popular retirement destinations) and Hay noted that hardly any of them were drinking. It then struck her that alcohol probably interfered with all the medications they are taking.

Are you one of the 18~35% of the population who have the gene that when you want to sneeze, looking a a bright light brings it on faster? Hay simply refuses to believe me when I tell her of this effect, which is known as the Photic Sneeze Reflex.

I can sometimes be sat looking at a bright light for half a minute to encourage a sneeze, sporting a vapid, open-mouthed expression that suggests I'm having a fit or in a trance.

The switch to Nougat on my Galaxy S7 Edge hasn't rid it of the random reboot syndrome (even when operating it in safe mode), so the conclusion is that it's a hardware issue.


  1. Your photic sneezing is not so much caused by the bright light, rather it is by the sudden change of temperature in the nasal passages.

    1. How do you mean, Mel? Temperature change caused by the light?

  2. Sun light has obvious heat you will agree no doubt and so to does man made light though not of the same strength. Your nose is a sensitive piece of human engineering not just a handle for teachers to grab hold of you know :-)