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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

Image result for we're special gif

That’s all for now!

Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin’ / Goodreads

Sneeze Count 2019

Kirby presenting meme.
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.

Life's a mystery gif.

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.

That’s all for now!

 

Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin’ / Goodreads

Sneeze Count 2018

Look at this graph meme.
Look at this graaaaaph

Is Christmas the most wonderful time of the year? NO. The most wonderful time of the year is right now because I am sharing my much anticipated annual Sneeze Count. 2018 marks my sixth year of counting, and I am so proud of myself. If you’re new to this blog, you can catch up on my previous sneezy years that I blogged about here: 2017, 2016, 2015.

Alright, so 2018’s sneeze count was 364 days long, and I sneezed 2155 times. This is my second lowest year, but it’s only a couple hundred from my third lowest. I did not hit a new maximum, but I did hit a new minimum by one. Overall, though, a decent year. Behold my chart in all its glory!

The 2018 sneeze chart.

There’s not a lot to unpack here, as it’s pretty clear on its own, but I do want to talk about a few things. That big week in May was when my family went to New York City for a few days. I’d like to say that America makes me sneezy, but I pulled up 2014’s chart because I also went to NYC for a few days also in May, and there wasn’t any unusual activity at that time.

It’s also worth noting that in mid-July, I got a full-time job, so nine hours of my days since have been spent in an office. It’s not a remarkably dusty place like the book warehouse I used to work in, but it’s not a stellar shrine of cleanliness by any means.

Another thing that happened in the back half of the year was that my neighbours got a cat. The cat’s name is Dirk and I love him even though he only loves me back when he’s lonely. I don’t see Dirk too often, but when I do, he definitely brings out some sneezes. That big spike in October is almost exclusively from Dirk because that week my parents and my neighbours went on a trip, leaving me and their daughter home, so the two of us (three if you count the furball) hung out a lot at their house. The many hours over several days led to many sneezes, and by Sunday I felt like I had asthma again, but I had no regrets.

hugging a cat gif.

Going forward, I’m going to try and make some notes during anomaly weeks. I don’t remember why that week in February was so high, and I wish I did. So in 2019 and beyond, I will do better.

And to close out this post, I wanted to share some other stats. I’ve compared my sneezes to the two other people who ever dared to count as well, but I still wanted to know how I compared to others. How many times does the average person sneeze in a day? A month? A year? I found one study (well, the abstract of a study. I’m not paying for more) that said the average person sneezes 4 times a day. As you can see from my chart above, I calculate an average every year, and my averages, and I’m always higher than 4. A few years had been at around 9 per day. I also found one source that estimated how much time the average person will spend sneezing in their lifetime. It used a daily average of 1.2 sneezes and a lifespan of 78.8 years to conclude that you’d spend over 5 straight hours sneezing. Given that 1.2 sneezes a day is weak for me, I’m looking at closer to 12 or 13 hours of sneezing.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my 2018 sneeze count and the facts I’ve shared. Counting sneezes is my dumbest hobby but perhaps my favourite.

That’s all for now!

 

Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin / Goodreads

Sneeze Count 2017

I know you’ve been waiting all year for this. I sure have. Sneeze count 2017, which is my fifth year of doing this! If you want to check out past years’ Sneeze Counts that I’ve blogged about, here’s 2015 (which involves a bit of a backstory if you’re new) and 2016.

The good news is that 2017’s Sneeze Count was able to encompass an exact 365 days. The days lined up perfectly this year, so that was neat. The bad news is that this was a really bad year for sneezing. It’s my lowest ever, by a lot. I don’t know why. Nevertheless, I still find it fascinating to look at the chart and stats, and I hope you do too. I love being able to share my weird hobby (can I call this a hobby?) with y’all!

sneeze count 2017

This year’s total is 1474, which I think is still a lot more than most people, but usually I’m in the mid 3000’s, so this year was kind of disappointing, as I said already. The minimum of 7 isn’t too low, as I had the same minimum in 2015, but the maximum is really surprising. I can’t believe I didn’t even come close to breaking 100. I usually do that a few times a year.

One thing that was different from the past few years is that in the summer I didn’t work in a book warehouse, so I expected the numbers to be down just based on that, but that alone isn’t enough to account for this whole year of low numbers. Maybe it was just a good year for pollen? Maybe I didn’t pet enough cats?

Image result for eh gif

Either way, that’s my 2017 Sneeze Count! Data is data! As I said, this makes five years of counting sneezes (half a decade! Wow!). And you can bet I’ll be keeping it up in 2018, so stick around for a new graph this time next year!

That’s all for now!

 

Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / Bloglovin’

Sneeze Count 2016

Hello and welcome to the weirdest thing you’ll read all week.

For any new followers I’ve gotten in the last year, yes, that does say ‘sneeze’. Last year I posted my 2015 stats and got some positive responses, so I’ve been very excited to share this year’s numbers. I suggest reading last year’s post for some backstory.

Because of the way the weeks align, this year’s chart covers 371 days. I start my week counts on Mondays so I had to take a portion of last December’s final week and also the first day of 2017. Just trust me on this all, okay? The good news is that I looked ahead and the next two years line up pretty nicely. Here is the finished chart for 2016.

sneezes-2016

This year is my highest ever! The previous highest was in 2013 with 3475 (2438 in 2014, 3459 in 2015). I also hit my highest weekly total with 206, the previous highest was 141 last year. Like last year, numbers jumped in the summer because I was working in a book warehouse where there were a lot of books and dust. I also worked there again for two weeks in December, which is visible in the chart.

Again, I can’t guarantee that is 100% accurate. I do get lazy sometimes and perhaps do not mark down my sneezes as fast as I should. Once in a while I even consider stopping. But then at the end of each year when I sit down and look at my numbers, I get re-energized to start a new year’s count. So stick around for 2017’s post in a year!

Last year I mentioned that I didn’t know anyone who does this. It’s weird, but I never really thought to Google sneeze counts to see someone did. I just kind of figured no one else would bother with such a weird hobby. But I did do a search and to my surprise, I am not alone. I found one blog called The Lame Adventures and between her birthdays in 2010/2011, the blogger counted her sneezes and even made a graph too. I swear I didn’t know about this when I started. Check out her post here. And then last week I got a comment on last year’s post by a man named Peter who also is a fellow counter, but he’s been doing it for nine years! Just by searching ‘Sneeze count’ on Google will reveal many articles written about him (#goals). I’m five years behind him, but he has definitely motivated me to keep going with this little project (plus my dad got me a new cool Harry Potter pocket calendar for my records). You can check out Peter’s wonderfully detailed sneeze count here.

What I have learned from finding these two kindred spirits is that I sneeze a lot. I mean, Peter is up to about 4600 after nine years and I hit that number after a year and a half. Similarly, the blogger behind The Lame Adventures had about 500 sneezes all year where as I do that in a few months. I knew I was above average but daaaaaaaamn.

Image result for it is what it is gif

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed 2016’s count. I sure did. I count sneezes for myself but if I can amuse any of you out there on the internet, then it’s a bonus!

 

Follow me: Twitter / Facebook / Bloglovin’