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Tell the truth...do you honk when blowing your nose?

  1. 4 Sorry, I guess I am reeeeally bored. I was thinking randomly on the random thread the other day and wondered what causes the "honk" noise when someone blows their nose. I googled it and this is what it said on Yahoo answers:

    "Foghorn nose-blowers have narrow passages of flesh somewhere in their noses, followed by larger areas. When they blow, the narrow passages vibrate, like the reed on an oboe. The remainder of the nose acts as a resonator, and as a result - honk!
    Factors that could make this worse include how hard they blow, nose size, and degree of nasal blockage."

    Anyone here a honker? Or a closet honker?

    I don't honk when I blow my nose but I like the other kind of honkers.
    Remember these guys?

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  3. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Nope, not a 'honker', but I do horse-sneeze! Can't do that quietly to save my life......good thing I'm a little more ladylike about the nose-blowing business, or my mother would be spinning in her grave. We don't have to talk about the noise I produce when I've slugged down half of a Diet Coke, though.
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Nope, not a 'honker', but I do horse-sneeze! Can't do that quietly to save my life......good thing I'm a little more ladylike about the nose-blowing business, or my mother would be spinning in her grave. We don't have to talk about the noise I produce when I've slugged down half of a Diet Coke, though.
    You made me laugh out loud. Yikes, you reminded me. I am a loud sneezer and gulp when I drink. I can't help either. This is something that just happens. When I drink you can hear the little gulp noise. and my ahhhhhh-choooo. Well, what can I do?
  5. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    No, but my son honks so loudly I get an adult version of the Moro Reflex and an overwhelming desire to do bodily harm which of course I would never do because I'm non-violent and all that but still . . so you're saying he was telling me the truth when he said he couldn't help it?

    Bleck. You think you've got everything covered in the not messing up your kid's life department and something like this comes out of left field to bite you in the backside. Sigh . . :-/
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  6. Visit  TopazLover profile page
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    I honk. Thank you for letting me know why. All my life it has caused me embarrassment and disgust. I sneeze moderately quietly and don't have any of the cutesy sounds (TH God). Once I start sneezing it usually goes on a bit 3,7, 11. I do prime numbers in sneezes. I hate hearing the gulping sounds. Of course, I don't do that.

    Nursefrances, you do think a great deal.
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  7. Visit  nursefrances profile page
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    I honk. Thank you for letting me know why. All my life it has caused me embarrassment and disgust. I sneeze moderately quietly and don't have any of the cutesy sounds (TH God). Once I start sneezing it usually goes on a bit 3,7, 11. I do prime numbers in sneezes. I hate hearing the gulping sounds. Of course, I don't do that.Nursefrances, you do think a great deal.
    Welcome to the circus that is my mind. But seriously, you reminded me of the "cutsie sneezes" In high school there was a girl who had the cutest little mousie squeaky "choo" in her ah-choo. Another girl just made the "ch" noise and that was it. One time in class I heard "ch"...."Bless you"....."ch" "Bless you". I didn't realize anyone had sneezed until I heard the "Bless you." AKY, I liked the prime number sneezes.
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  8. Visit  BCgradnurse profile page
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    I don't honk, but my sneezes have been known to throw the Earth a bit off its axis. My father was a champion honker. Given the size of his nose, there was a whole lot of resonance going on!!!

    BTW, I can burp the alphabet, and I'm sure many of you can too!
    Last edit by BCgradnurse on Jun 30, '12 : Reason: spelling errors
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  9. Visit  sharpeimom profile page
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    as i begin to blow my nose, herb always says, "all aboard!" or "all aboard!" depending on where we
    happen to be. he's been known to just mouth the words too...

    is that enough of an answer?!
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  10. Visit  amoLucia profile page
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    You guys are all so funny - good for a great laugh. I'm a little soft 'pfft' nose blow, but sneezes.... Compound sneezing with OAB and I dread 'em! Esp the double or triple sneezes ... get out of my way!!!
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  11. Visit  Davey Do profile page
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    Isn't there some sort of Universal Law that says "The Loudness of the Sneeze is in direct Proportion to the Size of the Proboscis"?

    Not that I have anything against People with Big Noses. Some of my Best Friends have Hulkering Snouts. Their Noses are soooo big (How big are they?) that they store air like Camels store water!

    No- really- Big Noses run in my Family! (We all suffer from Chronic Sinusitis.)

    But to get back to the Question at Hand: Do I *HONK!* when I blow my Nose? Why, yes I do. I also cry when I watch "It's a Wonderful Life". Do you want to make fun of me for that?! Huh? Do ya, noise franquois?

    That's it. You've really ticked me off! I'm outta here!

    Davey (One Sensitive Guy) Do
    Last edit by Davey Do on Jul 1, '12 : Reason: presents and gifts of past perfects
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  12. Visit  Davey Do profile page
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    Quote from nursefrances
    Anyone here a honker? Or a closet honker?
    While we're asking Nose Questions, does anybody here fire off Nose Rockets?

    The best Nose Rocket I ever fired off was at a car coming down a bumpy narrow-laned hill at a speed much greater than the posted 30 mph speed limit. I was on my bicycle, had worked up a Nose full of Ammo, and let one fly!

    The Driver of the Car blasted the horn after the Nose Rockets hit their Windshield Target. The Mission was a Success.

    Davey (Nose Rocket Scientist) Do
  13. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    Well yeah but it took a lot of practice - blowing nose w/ both hands (to catch everything) - driving - AND honking horn. Near impossible but I think I've got it down.
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  14. Visit  Liddle Noodnik profile page
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    ps, I do very gladly honk w/ my nose when I blow (partly for effect), AND make a HUGE sound when I sneeze (several times and not sure if it is in primes or not. Dad used to precisely sneeze 7 times almost every time we went to a restaurant. he determined, eventually, that it was the shredded cheese on the table that prompted it. I really enjoy sneezing, til I get to 7 or 8. then I honk my nose and it stops.

    glad you asked, Frances??
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