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Why getting water up your nose is so painful

Posted by / January 20, 2018

If you’ve ever been sideswiped by a wave at the beach or had a cannonball go awry, then you know the pain of having water shoot up your nose. Paradoxically, though, nettipots allow you to pour water straight through your sinuses without any problems whatsoever. What’s the deal? This SciShow episode explains the difference between accidental water-up-noseage and intentional, starting by explaining the anatomy of the nose. Take a look, and then plug your nose the next time you cannonball into the pool.

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