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February 24, 2012


Don Z. Block

Yeah, I know. Couldn't resist.


I suspect that "suppressing an organism" is a misprint for "suppressing an orgasm."

Don Z. Block

I assume that before Carol Park began sneezing into her elbow (in public), she would let it rip in pews and other public places. I like the idea of people in pews being covered by a good one. It teaches them the futility of saying "Bless you," something I refuse to allow my students to say when someone sneezes.

As for suppressing an organism, the only kind I would suppress these days is the one occupying the Oval Office.

Carol Park

I can't imagine why anyone would want to suppress a sneeze (to prove what? and to whom?). Perhaps while sitting on a plane or in a movie theater while watching "Contagion" -- especially if sitting on a plane WHILE watching "Contagion" -- would suppression be a good and polite option.

I would argue FOR the art of sneezing. I myself am a Big Sneezer. I've cultivated this skill over a lifetime of sneezing. Some might find it sophomoronic and degrading but I like giving into the urge. Would you suppress an organism?

I know I'm in the minority. Once in church I sneezed so loud, my daughter and boyfriend immediately scooted down the pew away from me, as if they had no idea who I was. And there was nary a "God Bless You" or "Kazoonheight" to be heard. It was like everyone around me had been hit with a stun gun.

I was mad at said daughter & boygriend for ostracizing me (and not saying "Bless you") and they were mad at me for being such an uncouth embarrassment. It was a no-win situation. I just refuse to be English.

I have learned to sneeze into my elbow (in public), which does take some of the fun out of it.

As for farting, I'm totally for suppression.

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