Thursday, February 17, 2011


recent events have caused me to contemplate the subject of nose blowing. after engaging in the practice fairly regularly for the past three-to-four days i started wondering whether it was worth it. i mean, a good nose blow might let me breathe through my nose for one or two breaths before it just gets clogged again. considering all the work it involves and the price of raw skin under my nose from excessive post-blow wipes, i questioned whether the costs are worth the benefits.

that question also raised a related issue that i have long considered: whether snot is effectively infinite (i.e. can it be produced as fast as it is expelled) and, if not, how long will it take to reach the bottom of the snot barrel leaving my nose unobstructed for an extended period of time?

not being a beck head, i turned to google, which led me to this article counseling against blowing one's entire nose. instead it advises that "the proper method is to blow one nostril at a time and to take decongestants."

which doesn't answer my question either, but it does dramatically increase the cost side of the cost/benefit analysis. if i blow each nostril individually that is twice the work of doing them in tandem, and probably a corresponding increase in irritation of the sous-nez region. plus the article doesn't even address the infinite snot problem! that problem is beyond even the powers of google.