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Snot rocket Definition

For a long time I have had the idea of a blog post about snot rockets written on my list of “possible blog posts” and today feels like the day to get it out there.

A snot rocket, as pictured above, is the act of clearing one’s nose by blocking one nostril and breathing out hard through the other, without a tissue, thereby shooting the snot in your nose at velocity out into the air or onto the ground.

I have (not fond) memories of my dad regularly doing this when I was growing up, usually while he was 100m ahead of me after dragging me and my sister out for an early morning run (when we were teenagers! How he did it I don’t know, yet here I am, a keen runner, so I guess he did something right, or I am doing it in SPITE of him? – a whole other blog post right there). Also you can’t seem to get through a Football match on TV without a close up of one of them doing it.

Is it ok to do it? I don’t know. Some people do it A LOT, some have never done it. I was a snot rocket virgin right up until a winter run, full of snotty cold, and, having no tissue, I was forced to (or suffocate) and it was life changing. Now I can’t stop. It just feels so good to have it all clear in there and to get that lovely fresh air in instead. My sister runs with a tissue – that’s how anti snot-rocket she is. She would rather stop and blow. When we run together I have to do it secretly and quietly or I am berated at length.

There are things to consider –

  • Which nostril to pick – I definitely have a favourite side. I can’t recall if I alternate or if it makes no difference. But my technique is definitely better on one side compared to the other.
  • Which way the wind is blowing and your angle of tilt – when snot-rockets go wrong (could be a good title for a book) – it’s not pretty. The worst is when it just ends up back on your face. #snotrocketfail
  • Who you are with/Can anyone see you – I am not a professional footballer and I do have some shame. Best to have a quick check around before you blow (and definitely choose your moment carefully if you are running with my sister)

Serious considerations my friend. Next week – Spitting: is it a bodily function too far?

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