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Arek_fu (Arek_fu)
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Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 1:08 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've made up a new verb -- it's called altching. Sometimes I happen to altch several times in a day, but never during sleep. Some other times I don't altch for days. When I altch, I often look around.

How does one altch?
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Do you altch on purpose? Or is it something you have no control over?
Do you look around to make sure someone sees you? To make sure nobody sees you? Or do you look at a certain person? object?
Do other people altch, too? Men? Women? Adults? Teenagers? Children?
Do you need any items to altch? Does it involve eating? drinking? communication? movement? Does it involve seeing? hearing? tasting? smelling? touching? Do you altch indoors? outdoors?
Arek_fu (Arek_fu)
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Do you altch on purpose? No. Or is it something you have no control over? Correct.
Do you look around to make sure someone sees you? To make sure nobody sees you? Or do you look at a certain person? object? This-ish, no to the rest.
Do other people altch, too? Men? Women? Adults? Teenagers? Children? All of them.
Do you need any items to altch? No. Does it involve eating? drinking? communication? movement? None of these, really. Does it involve seeing? A bit of this, no to the rest. hearing? tasting? smelling? touching? Do you altch indoors? outdoors? Both.
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So altching sort of involves looking at some kind of object but you don't need any items to altch...
So wouldn't you call the object an item because ...it's too big?
...too far away?
...not tangible?

Do you look at
...the sky?
...the sun/moon/stars?
...the landscape?
...water?
...a building?
...any part of your own body?

Don't you have any control over it because
...you do it out of a reflex?
...you have a problem with controlling your eye movements (like squinting when you're tired)?
...whatever you look at is so big that you have to see it at some point, whether you want to or not?
Arek_fu (Arek_fu)
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So altching sort of involves looking at some kind of object but you don't need any items to altch...
So wouldn't you call the object an item because ...it's too big?
...too far away?
...not tangible? FA to all.

Do you look at
...the sky? Could be.
...the sun/moon/stars? Could be. No to rest.
...the landscape?
...water?
...a building?
...any part of your own body?

Don't you have any control over it because
...you do it out of a reflex? Yes-ish.
...you have a problem with controlling your eye movements (like squinting when you're tired)? No, but OTRT.
...whatever you look at is so big that you have to see it at some point, whether you want to or not? No.
Doriana (Doriana)
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Do you do it during a special time of day? If so, morning? noon? afternoon? evening? night?

Do you do it as a reaction to something?

Does it involve [LTPF list of body parts]?
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Is seeing things through your peripheral vision relevant?
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Doriana:
Do you do it during a special time of day? No, but... If so, morning? noon? afternoon? evening? night? ...rarely during the night.

Do you do it as a reaction to something? Yope.

Does it involve [LTPF list of body parts]? Your head and your chest.

Potato:
Is seeing things through your peripheral vision relevant? No.
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Wild guess, sneezing when you look into the sun?

Is sneezing relevant? Coughing? Does altching produce a sound?
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Wild guess, sneezing when you look into the sun? No but very much in the right forest.

Is sneezing relevant? Yes! Coughing? No. Does altching produce a sound? No.
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The reflex of having to close your eyes when you sneeze?

Is hay fever relevant?
Having to sneeze due to temperature/light/air differences?
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The reflex of having to close your eyes when you sneeze? Alas, no.

Is hay fever relevant?
Having to sneeze due to temperature/light/air differences? All these could be relevant.
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Is not having a tissue or handkerchief relevant? Sneezing into your sleeve?
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Trying to avoid a sneeze? Getting moist eyes after sneezing?
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Is it relevant what makes you sneeze? or how (if at all) you try and prevent spreading germs? Is it relevant how many sneezes there are in a row?
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Doriana:
Is not having a tissue or handkerchief relevant? Sneezing into your sleeve? No to both.

Potato:
Trying to avoid a sneeze? This is in the right forest, but... Getting moist eyes after sneezing? ...no to both.

Biograd:
Is it relevant what makes you sneeze? or how (if at all) you try and prevent spreading germs? Is it relevant how many sneezes there are in a row? No to all.
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Is altching doing something before you sneeze?
While you sneeze?
In between several sneezes?
After you sneeze?
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Is altching doing something before you sneeze? This.
While you sneeze?
In between several sneezes?
After you sneeze?
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Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 12:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Looking away from a person so that you don't sneeze in his/her direction?
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Looking away from a person so that you don't sneeze in his/her direction? No.
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Sniffling mucus in your stuffed-up nose? (sorry I couldn't think of a way to say that without painting a gross picture)

Is it something one does with the face? the breath? the hands?
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is it getting your hanky out so that you can sneeze into it?
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Does it involve looking around to see if people are near you?
And based on that, you decide whether you sneeze ot try to avoid it?
Or whether you sniff the mucus or seek a hanky?
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Biograd:
Sniffling mucus in your stuffed-up nose? (sorry I couldn't think of a way to say that without painting a gross picture) No. Yuck.
Is it something one does with the face? Yes-ish. the breath? Not really. the hands? No.

Shez:
is it getting your hanky out so that you can sneeze into it? No.

Potato:
Does it involve looking around to see if people are near you?
And based on that, you decide whether you sneeze ot try to avoid it?
Or whether you sniff the mucus or seek a hanky? No to all.
Biograd (Biograd)
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So it's not closing the eyes, and it's not breathing in, and it's not preparing something to sneeze into, right?

Is it rubbing the nose? or the eyes?
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So it's not closing the eyes, and it's not breathing in, and it's not preparing something to sneeze into, right? Right.

Is it rubbing the nose? or the eyes? No.
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Is it feeling a tickle in one's nose? Though I know that isn't really an action, it almost seems that's the only thing left. Speaking of which, if my guess was wrong, is altching a true action? or rather a sensation?
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Is it feeling a tickle in one's nose? This is very close. When you altch, your nose often tickles. Though I know that isn't really an action, it almost seems that's the only thing left. Speaking of which, if my guess was wrong, is altching a true action? or rather a sensation? Closer to this.
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Correction: it is not a true action, but it is not really a sensation, either.
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Is it simply the condition of having something stuck in your nose?
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Is it the sensation that you have to sneeze, but when you "start" sneezing, the sneeze won't come out?
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Biograd:
Is it simply the condition of having something stuck in your nose? No, but help is at hand...

Potato:
Is it the sensation that you have to sneeze, but when you "start" sneezing, the sneeze won't come out? Yes! And just to wrap it up, why looking around?
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Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 9:32 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you purposely look at certain things?
Or is the looking around a result of moving your head?
Is closing and opening your eyes relevant?
Do you try to trigger the sneeze by looking into bright light or something?
Is walking around relevant?
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Are you making sure nobody thinks you are weird? or are you looking to see if there are plants--or anything else--around that you're allergic to?
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Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 10:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Potato:
Do you try to trigger the sneeze by looking into bright light or something? Spot on.

***************** SPOILER *****************
to altch: to be stuck in the middle of a sneeze. Often involves making funny faces. One can try to trigger the sneeze by looking into something bright, such as the sky or a lamp.

Thank you all for playing!
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Fun fact for the day: Studies have shown that only 10-30% of the population has the gene that allows the bright light trick to work. I have it, but my husband doesn't, so he thinks I'm half nuts about it...even after I pulled out my genetics textbook and showed him it was real. From inheritance studies, they know it's a dominant gene, but haven't actually identified the specific gene yet. The best part? Some scientists call it the ACHOO gene, and call the effect ACHOO syndrome, where "ACHOO" is an acronym for something.
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Wow! I didn't know that. By the way, I forgot to mention that altch stands for ALmost aTCHoo :-)

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