flarenut (flarenut) wrote,

Channeling my inner hagfish

According to the intertubes, a healthy (ahem) human nose can produce up to a pint of mucus a day. Back of the envelope says a kleenex can hold anywhere from 1–10 milliliters of snot, so that pretty much explains the huge pile of tissues around my bed every morning, and the ones that seem to trial after me during the day like a horrible parody of Hansel and Gretel.

It really does amaze me how much mucin the body can produce when it wants to, but I'm kinda wishing it wouldn't. Every now and then I forget that I can only breathe through my mouth, and there's a comical moment of adjustment.

Tags: science at home, sick

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