I’m Not As Alone In The Sneeze Counting World

Last week I shared my 2019 sneeze count. Obviously go check that out if you missed it.

This week I want to share the spotlight with some fellow sneeze counters. For years I only knew of two other people who ever counted, which I mentioned way back in my 2016 count: one lady who did it for a year a while ago and one guy named Peter who had been doing it for like 10 years. Peter’s site has been quiet for over a year, so I don’t know if he still does it.

And then one day last year I got this notification and my sneezing world opened that much more.

Instagram notification of a new sneezy follower.
Yes, Goose from Captain Marvel is my screensaver!

This guy also counts his sneezes, and documents it on Instagram, only he’s sneezing in one day what I do in a month. I right away followed him back and DM’d him. He’s been counting for a few years on the recommendation of his coworkers, and he assures me his triple-digit stats are legit (though a small part of me still does not believe it). He’s a few months behind in updating but told me he’ll update soon.

After chatting with him, I wondered if there were other sneeze counters out there. Surely there must be. I had Googled it a little in the past, but I wasn’t using the most effective search tool: social media. And wouldn’t you know, I am not as alone in the counting game as I previously thought.

I found a good handful of people who did it for a year and then stopped (or only one year so far). This is understandable. You do it to prove you can and that’s it. Maybe they kept going but didn’t share it on social media. Maybe they wanted to keep going but lost momentum. Either way, here are all the numbers I could find. Keep in mind that in 2019 I had 1887 sneezes and in past years, I’ve gone into the 3000’s.

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There were also a few people who filmed their sneezes but didn’t provide a number. I have no interest in that. Only counters.

But then I found people who have been doing it for years and still do it. The first is a teacher from Texas named Sarah. She’s actually been doing it for around 27 years in her classroom, which I think is such a fun idea. She told me one of her students actually started the count and when she learned about it, she put it on the board, and every year her students count her sneezes during the day. Her record is 489, but that’s not counting sneezes outside of school hours or on breaks. I had thought that with Peter perhaps out of the game, I was on track to be the longest-running counter, but neither he nor I have anything on Sarah!

Then I found Ben, who keeps a spreadsheet of daily sneezes, which very much impressed me because I only count weekly. Doing it daily is that much more intense. He started in 2014 and averages around 1000 a year. He doesn’t normally graph it out, but did these just to show his data to interested Twitter users.

 

Next is Julia, who started in 2013 like me because she loves to sneeze, as she told me. She’s a few and far between sneezer, though, as she’s hitting about 150-250 a year total.

 

And then there’s Melissa who is only two years deep, but she made counting her 2018 new year’s resolution, so I think it’s cool that she kept it up! I look forward to seeing her 2020 sneeze count when the year ends.

Lastly is Hannah, who actually started in 2012, a year before me. She hits high numbers too (usually between 1400 and 2200), though 2019 was her lowest by far at 618. I’ve noticed that my numbers have gone down over the years, and so has Hannah’s, which is interesting.

Aside from Sarah, it seems like all the counters, like myself, started simply because we were curious and kept going because we enjoyed it. Sneezing is such a personal thing in a way, and it’s cool that we can take this normal bodily function and make it fun. When I started, I wasn’t even sharing it on my blog because this blog didn’t exist. I love that there are several people who get the same kind of personal kick out of counting sneezes. To the counters still counting, good luck in 2020! May the sneezes be ever in your favour.

So to summarize, I know of seven people including myself who currently still count sneezes, eighteen people who did it for a year, and one person who may or may not still do it. That’s twenty six total sneeze counters! And if there are any other counters out there that I didn’t find, whether you did it for a year or still do it, please reach out to share your stats and story! My DM’s are always open!

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Sneeze Count 2019

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Kirby has some very important stats to present

It’s time! The official Coolbeans sneeze count for 2019 is here. I am always dying to share these stats with you (see previous years’ stats: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). And guess what? This isn’t the only sneezy post you’ll be getting from me this year! Next week I have another sneeze-related post that I think you will also find very interesting, so stay tuned!

Anyway, now into the numbers. 2019 was not the best year for sneezing. It wasn’t the worst, but close. Take a look at my chart for the breakdown.

sneeze count bar graph 2019.

I sneezed a total 1887 times, though I never cracked 100 in one week, which I usually do at least once. This year I started also noting why things the way they were in my little record book, so those 90 in one week of June were from a cold I had. The spike in the last week of the year was due almost solely to Christmas. We went to visit my mom’s aunt and uncle, and I spent a considerable amount of time in the basement making friends with their daughter’s cat. So while I have logical explanations for those weeks, I have no idea why the end of August and start of September were so high, nor why I hit an all-time weekly low of a measly 3 in November.

Additionally, the back half of the year seems more sneezy than the first half, which is interesting because I got laid off mid-July and thus spent my days always at home since then, though it’s hard to tell if my house is making me sneezy or if it’s just that time of the year.

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So that’s my sneezes for 2019! My 2020 count started on December 30th because it was a Monday, so it’s underway already. And as I mentioned, next week I have another sneeze-related post scheduled. I’ve been working on it for a few months!

As always, it’s been a pleasure sharing this ridiculous hobby with y’all. As much as I love seeing the data myself, sharing it and documenting it forever on the internet is so cool and makes it so much more satisfying.

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Monthly Look Ahead: January 2020

Well, welcome to another January! It’s a new year! Though it’s cool to start this new month and decade, I will say that January doesn’t seem to be all that thrilling. But maybe that’s good. Ease into the new year, ya know?

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  • A theater downtown is doing a production of Legally Blonde, which is one of my favourite musicals. It’s also a show I’ve been begging my friend to watch, so I’m making her come with me to see it. I’m very excited. I don’t have a subscription musical to see this month, so this will definitely fill the void.
  • New month, new TV. I’m excited to try Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Spinning Out, and maaaaybe the Party Of Five reboot depending on reviews. And returning to my screen from extended hiatuses is Legends Of Tomorrow, The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, Schitt’s Creek, and Manifest.
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  • A friend is having a belated birthday party, so I’ll be there.
  • My neighbours are going to Australia to help move their son into his new school, and I’ve requested that they bring me back some Australian candy, so hopefully they find some and I can try some good nice foreign sweets later this month.

Aaaand that’s it! If you want to do a January look ahead or a full 2020 look ahead, please do and link me to it so I can read what’s upcoming on your radar!

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A New Decade

A new decade is upon us. Really that means very little. A new day, a new year, a new decade. It’s the natural passage of time. We can’t stop it. Yet it means so much to us.

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It’s interesting how the decades in the 1900’s seemed so memorable as decades in hindsight (she says, knowing full well she was not alive during them). Like the roaring 20’s, the groovy 70’s… But 2000-2009 and 2010-2019 seem to be fairly normal and uninteresting to me. Nothing really defined them. What, if anything, will define this next decade?

Ten years simultaneously seems like a very long time and also not that long. 2010 doesn’t feel ten whole years away. But it is. And my life was so different ten years ago. Ten years ago, I was in grade 8. I was a kid. I was hanging out with people I don’t hang out with anymore. I watched only two or three TV shows. I played video games. I knew all the songs on the top 40 radio stations. Since then, I’ve completed high school and a university degree and entered the working world. I’ve blogged basically every week. I wrote a novel and an interactive guide. I learned to drive. I played Quidditch. I fell in love with musicals and TV shows and the music my parents listened to.

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All that in a decade. And it’s so weird and impossible to think of all that my life will encompass in this next decade. In ten years, I’ll be 33. Will I be married? Will I have a good job? Will I be happy? Will my current friends still be my friends? Will I still watch a billion TV shows? Will I still count my sneezes?

This next decade will still be one of growth and change for me, so I hope it goes well. This past decade, while not awful in the grand scheme of things, still left a lot to be desired. I just don’t feel satisfied in most aspects of my life, and this is a feeling that really popped up in the past few years. I need to work on things, I think.

Setting decade-long goals are just not practical for me, though. The time frame is too wide, and my life is so up in the air right now. Besides, moving out of my parents’ house at some point shouldn’t be a goal as much as an inevitability. So I’ll stick to those good old smaller and more manageable yearly goals. At the beginning of 2019, I set seven goals, and I actually completed most of them. I didn’t really make any new friends (but I did try) and I only did like 1500 words of creative writing, but that’s better than nothing.

Anyway, this rambling has gone on long enough.

I hope 2020 and the subsequent years in this upcoming decade are magical and fun and prosperous and joyful for us all. I hope this decade goes down in history as a productive and positive one. Let’s all channel that Gatsby-era-esque energy and thrive in the 20’s once again minus the dying in your own pool part.

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A new decade is upon us, and if nothing else, I look forward to blogging my way through it!

 

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I Guess I Sold My Soul To More People

A few years ago, I wrote a post declaring that I sold my soul to Mike Schur, the creator of shows like Parks And Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He did go on to create The Good Place, which I also enjoy (even if I never did find it LOL-funny). And while I still believe in Schur’s ability to create great TV and I’m looking forward to whatever comes next, the truth is, he’s not the sole owner of my soul. Here are the other lucky soul-holders:

  1. John Carney is an Irish writer and director. He’s the mastermind behind my favourite movie, Begin Again, as well as the movies Once (though I wasn’t a huge fan of this), Sing Street, and the new Amazon show Modern Love. All these things mentioned have been so good, so heartfelt, and involved great music that I know Carney had a hand in. I will now and maybe forever watch anything with his name on it.
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  2. Greg Berlanti must have more hours in the day than the rest of us because he is a writer/producer who’s currently got 15 shows currently on the air with several more in development, and they’re in a bunch of different genres, which is cool. Out of them, I currently watch 11 and will probably try out many of the upcoming ones. That’s not to say that all the shows with his name on are gems, but the truth is, they’ve had a huge impact on my viewing habits, and I’d go so far to say that some of them have been favourites of mine.
    Greg Berlanti
  3. Shania Twain is a Canadian pop/country singer who’s known worldwide. Can you name one bad song of hers? No you cannot because every single song is so good. Full albums of quality music. Even her newest album a few years ago, which wasn’t as fun in my opinion, still has good songs. I saw her live in 2015 and it was great.
    Shania Twain
  4. Marvel has a firm grasp on me when it comes to things on a screen. They’re out here announcing five year plans and all these Disney+ things, and I know I’ll be seeing it all. As for a person though, Kevin Feige is the head of Marvel, and there is the phrase “In Feige we trust” which I currently standby.
    Kevin Feige
  5. Team Starkid is a theater group you may not have heard of, but I’ve been a fan of them for about a decade. A Very Potter Musical was their claim to fame, and Emmy Award winner Darren Criss was the star of that. All their musicals are all on YouTube, and they’re all so funny and unique. Plus the Starkids themselves, as many as they are, all seem very nice and genuine, as well as being insanely talented. There haven’t been any scandals or anything. If you like or think you may like parody musicals, then check them out.
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Listen, as a consumer of a lot of media, it’s totally normal to have God-tier favourites, and these 5 are it for me. There’s probably more, too. And I’d like to know who you’ve sold your soul to. Because I think everyone has some ride-or-die person/creator/company that you can’t shut up about because you just love their work so much.

That’s all for now!

 

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