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Nose-picking is the act of extracting dried nasal mucus or foreign bodies from the nose with a finger. Despite being a very common habit, it is a mildly taboo activity in most cultures, and the observation of the activity in another person may provoke mixed feelings of disgust and Amusement. The Latin name for nose-picking, rhinotillexis, is sometimes used in medical literature.
Nose-picking is an extremely common habit, with some surveys indicating that it is almost universal, with people picking their nose an average of about four times a day. A 1995 study into nose picking, requesting information from 1,000 randomly selected adults, gathered 254 respondents. It defined nose-picking as "the insertion of a finger (or other object) into the nose with the intention of removing dried nasal secretions". Of those who responded, 91% said they were current nose pickers (but only 75% of these believed everyone did it) and two people claimed to spend between fifteen to thirty minutes and one to two hours a day picking their nose.
Mucous membrane in the nasal cavityconstantly produce a wet mucus that removes dust and pathogens from the air flowing through the cavity. For the most part, the cilia that also line the cavity work to move the mucus toward the throat where it can be swallowed. However, not all the mucus stays fluid enough to be moved by the cilia. The closer the mucus is to the nostril opening, the more moisture it loses to the outside air, and the more likely it is to dry out and become stuck. Once dried, the mucus typically causes a sensation of irritation that leads to the compulsion to dislodge theitch by picking.
In many cultures nose-picking is considered a private act akin to defecation, urination, flatulence, and belching. muchophagy, the act of eating the extracted mucus, may be considered more taboo, and is sometimes portrayed in comedies. To be caught nose-picking may be considered humiliating
Booger eating comes with many health risks due to the physical destruction resulting from the action of nose picking, and the germs on fingers and in mucus. Picking one's nose can cause upper airway destruction as well as other injuries including nasal septal perforation (a "through-and-through defect" of the cartilage separating the nostrils), and epistaxis (nosebleed), which can cause anemia (low levels of red blood cells). In Andrade and Srihari's aforementioned study, 25% of subjects were ailed by nose bleeds, 17% with nasal infections, and 2% with damage more serious than bleeding. W. Buzina studied the fungal diversity in nasal mucus in 2003. 104 samples were gathered with 331 identifiable strains of fungi and 9 different species per patient.
Heiman F. L. Wertheim states that about a third of the human population carries staphylococcus aureus in the nose. Hands are major transmitters of this microorganism from the environment to the nose; thus, Wertheim concluded that nose picking may be causal of nose carriage of this pathogen. Ingesting these fungi, germs, and pathogens contained in boogers as well as the act of extracting them from the nose potentially causes many health issues and poses risks for overall wellness of the body
Above Info. obtained from wikipedia
1.The mucous membranes in the nose and sinuses produce between a pint and a quart of mucus a day. Nearly all of it is flushed out of the sinuses and into the stomach, where it is dissolved by acids.
2.One-third of American adults pick their nose at least once an hour. You know who you are.
3.The first extensively reported rhinoplasties -- aka nose jobs -- were done in Italy during the Renaissance. The most celebrated surgeon performing the procedure at this time was excommunicated from the Catholic church, as officials believed he was tampering with the work of God. Today nose jobs are the most common form of plastic surgery among both women and men.
4.Obligatory biblical nose fact: God is said to have created life by blowing into Adam's nostrils.
5.This is how smells are translated into thought: When we smell, say, a turkey roasting in the oven, the molecules carrying the odor arrive in the nose and bind to receptors on a dime-sized patch of tissue at the top of the nose called the olfactory epithelium. These receptors make connections with neurons in the olfactory bulbs, two cylinders located directly behind the gap between the eyebrows. From there, impulses are relayed to the brain's limbic system, which governs emotions and sexuality, as well as the hippocampus, which is thought to encode the information into memory.
6.Sinuses were discovered in 17th-century England when a woman who had had a tooth extracted stuck a hair pin in the hole left in her gum. The pin disappeared and the woman panicked, fearing the pin had traveled to her brain. Her doctor determined that the pin was stuck in a grape-like cluster of cavities behind the woman's face: the sinuses.
7.Pheromones, chemicals released by humans and other animals, are thought to play a role in sexual attraction, with the nose picking up their scent. Scientists believe the nasal grooves running from the nostrils to the corners of the mouth are pheromone-rich sites and that romantic kissing came about to detect these pheromones.
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Singapore, the island state known for their draconian laws and punishment, has added another bizarre law to its books. The same country that prohibits chewing gum, spitting on the street, and mandates flushing of toilets in public restrooms, has now made it illegal to pick your nose in your car while driving.
Enforcement of the new law will be accomplished with the help of traffic cameras, police officers, and a hotline where witnesses can use their cellular phones to send pictures of offenders to police. In addition to a $1,000 fine, anyone convicted of picking their nose while driving will be required to pose with their finger up their nose and have the picture posted on a Web site of offenders. Public humiliation is considered an effective deterrent of crime in Singapore