Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A good middle-aged man yawn

A recent internet news article reported that resisting contagious yawning is futile.  Researchers discovered that instructions to resist yawning increase the urge to yawn.

Darn, I just yawned after composing the last sentence!

Something else to learn from this recent research:  instructions to resist yawning alters how a subsequent yawn is expressed.  In other words, a full-blown lion yawn, followed by instruction to not yawn may be followed by smaller and repressed yawn.

So, regardless of whether you tell me to knock it off, realize there’s nothing you can do or say to stop me from a good middle-aged man yawn.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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