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

Advertisements

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’

Sneeze Count 2015

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!

Sneezes 2015..png

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…

This cute little app is a lot better than the tiny square of paper I used to carry around

 

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.

Any thoughts?