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The Record of a Sneeze Day – February 2, 2023

Record of a Sneeze Day is celebrated on February 2 yearly. Its genesis can be traced to January 9, 1894, when the first motion picture was recognized as a copyrightable work of art. This motion picture was the Edison kinetoscopic record of a sneeze. They submitted a still photograph of the film’s forty-five frames for copyright purposes. Fred Ott is sneezing in this scene. William K. L. Dickson, Edison’s assistant and project supervisor for the new motion film, filed a copyright application. The still picture frames were recaptured and reassembled into a moving picture.

History of The Record of a Sneeze Day

Filmed on January 7, 1894, it is known as the Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze and is the first motion picture to be accepted for copyright protection. It was submitted as a still photograph for copyright purposes because it contains 45 frames. In this case, Fred Ott is sneezing. Assistant to Edison and new film project supervisor William K. Laurie Dickson submitted a copyright application. A motion picture was created by re-photographing the still images and then re-editing them.”

Experts say there are more than just germs and pollen to blame for an asthma attack. Sneezing can occur more frequently upon exposure to bright light, such as sunshine. One study conducted at the Saarland University Medical Center in Germany discovered that nearly all of the more than 1,000 patients tested in the ENT department exhibited photic (light-induced) sneeze reflexes. The researchers amusingly called this ACHOO (Autosomal Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst).

Humans don’t sneeze while they’re fast asleep. According to some theories, the body’s muscles relax, and reflexes slow down during rapid eye movement. A sneezing fit can last for a long time. The Guinness Book of World Records lists a sneezing fit lasting 976 days. Donna Griffiths set a new record for the lengthiest period of sneezing. During the first 365 days, she had sneezed an estimated one million times.

The Record of a Sneeze Day timeline

1894
The Historical Sneeze

The first copyrighted film in the U.S. is a Thomas Edison film of Fred Ott's Sneeze according to the Library of Congress.

1972
The Anonymous letter

In an anonymous letter, a man claims to have experienced severe sneezing soon following orgasm, leading researchers to discover that the nose has erectile tissue.

1981
The Beginning of a Record Sneezing Fit

Donna Griffith, a 12-year-old Worcestershire girl, starts sneezing continuously on January 13.

1983
Over Nine Hundred Days of Sneezing

On September 16, the 978th day, Donna has her first sneeze-free day.

The Record of a Sneeze Day FAQs

What happens if you sneeze twice in quick succession?

Repeated sneezing is natural. Clearing your nose of an irritant may need an extra sneeze sometimes.

Why does sneezing make us feel good?

Intense muscle contractions release feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, which make the feeling of relief more enjoyable. When you sneeze, you’re expressing your desire to scratch an itch; scratching an itch is relieving.

What happens if you don't sneeze at all?

You can amass mucus in your throat and force it back into your Eustachian tubes, which are small channels that connect the throat to the middle ear if you don’t cough or sneeze often. When you swallow, yawn, or sneeze, these tubes open to prevent air pressure or fluid from accumulating in your ears.

The Record of a Sneeze Day Activities

  1. Post about it on social media

    You can post about it on social media to let people know about the day. You can post it on all your social media platforms to increase your reach.

  2. Research on sneezing

    There is so much about sneezing people don't know. You can educate yourself and others about interesting sneezing facts.

  3. Play a game

    You can play a game with family and friends to record how many times they sneeze in a day, and the person with the most sneezes or least wins. If you can meet in person, you can record it instead.

5 Interesting Facts About Sneezing

  1. Lights can trigger a sneeze

    Even though germs and pollen are the usual suspects, bright lights, including sunlight, can induce bouts of sneezing.

  2. Hundreds of thousands of germs

    According to studies conducted at the University of Bristol, sneezes can travel up to 100 miles per hour, dispersing 100,000 germs.

  3. Why there are loud sneezers

    Sneezing louder is an effect of larger lungs that can inhale more air, making their sneeze even more audible.

  4. Do not hold it in

    Holding your sneeze puts pressure on your nasal passages, which can lead to damaging the blood vessels in your eyes or nose.

  5. Iguanas sneeze the most

    Iguanas are the animals that sneeze the most to expel salts from their body as a typical byproduct of digestion.

Why We Love The Record of a Sneeze Day

  1. Helps us stay healthy

    Sneezing is a vital aspect of the immune system, which helps us to stay healthy. Sneezing helps to keep your body healthy by emptying your nose of germs and viruses.

  2. Lets waste out

    Waste might be expelled from your nose when you sneeze; hence, it is advisable not to pinch your nose when it's time to sneeze. All the hazardous chemicals and bacteria your nose has filtered will stay if you don't let them out.

  3. Rids germs

    Sneezing is an effective way to get rid of bacteria. When the nasal mucosa (the tissue that lines the nasal cavity) detects an invader, it might cause a sneeze (such as a harmful virus or triggering allergens).

The Record of a Sneeze Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 2Thursday
2024February 2Friday
2025February 2Sunday
2026February 2Monday
2027February 2Tuesday

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