9 Mar 2018

It ain’t easy being sneezy

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:21 pm on 9 March 2018

Gesundheit! Spare a thought for those extra loud sneezers.

Jesse Mulligan producer Ali Ventura is a sneezer. She says she can’t control it, it’s loud, and her colleagues are starting to make less than comradely comments about her high-decibel sternutations.

Ali says her troublesome nose runs in the family.


Sneeze Photo: Flickr

And her tale of woe struck a chord with many listeners:   

“Babies cry, dogs bark and birds take flight when I sneeze’ said one.

Another says he got a text from a friend half a kilometre away saying ‘bless you’.

One woman says her brother crashed his car doing a sneeze.

“If I try to hold it in I hurt my back and wet my pants”, said another.

And a sobering thought; one listener ruptured a disc trying to hold in a sneeze and spent years in chronic pain.

Her advice: “Take it from me Ali, sneeze freely please.”

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