Yes, sneezes. I’m serious.
This blog didn’t exist one year ago, so all of you are probably new to my little…project. I count how many times I sneeze.
Okay, here’s a much-needed backstory. Sneezing runs in my family. My dad sneezes a fair amount, and rumour has it my grandfather once sneezed like twenty times in a row. I’m not sure I believe that, but apparently he does sneeze a lot. I guess I inherited this sneeze gene because I sneeze more than anyone in my family. I was kind of known in school for sneezing. In grade six there was this boy who was the class clown, and his sense of entitlement made him a bit of a jerk, but the nicest thing he ever said to me was “if you entered a sneezing contest, you’d win.” In high school, I had two friends who sat behind me and one time after I sneezed in class during a test, they jokingly whispered “shut up!” and threw pens at me. So in 2013 when someone hypothetically said it’d be neat to know how often I sneeze in a week, I decided to find out.
For the past three years, I’ve been counting my sneezes and making bar graphs. It’s silly and my statistics mean nothing to anyone but myself, but it’s amusing and makes for a good story…and blog post!
Anyways, 2015’s stats are in already (due to the way the weeks align, just trust me and go with it) and they’re interesting. This year I hit my all-time weekly low of 7 and also my all-time high of 141 with a grand total of 3459 sneezes, which is the second highest. 2013’s year was slightly higher.
I must warn you though, these numbers are approximate. Though I do my very best, I can’t guarantee that I don’t miscount or forget a sneeze. I’m pretty sure this is fairly accurate because I’m pretty precise, but I’m not going to lie and tell you that these are exact numbers. Either way, take a look!
Isn’t this just the silliest thing ever? And yet each year I’m psyched to sit down and go over my data and make this chart. It’s rewarding to see the final product of my year’s work and to look at the chart and consider why numbers are high or low. For example, it’s really high in the summer months because that’s when I worked in a dusty basement book warehouse. Dust’ll make anyone sneeze, but especially me! And that record week in October? A cold mixed with normal autumn allergies. Fun!
Another interesting fact of this year is that I went from a pen/paper counting method to electronic after a slight mishap involving a washing machine…
Ideally, it’d be super neat to compare my statistics to someone else’s. But who else does this? No one (that I know of!). In that way, it’s kind of cool that I may be the only person on this planet who’s studied this and charted it.
Anyways, I just wanted to share this super weird project of mine, because it is interesting, no matter how odd.