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Monday, September 14, 2009

Boys will be Boys

My best friend's house was filled with boys- her own two, and an invited friend to stay the night. They had been tearing around the house for hours, and she had finally gotten them settled in front of the television watching Mythbusters. They were quiet for the first time since getting up in the morning.

Mythbusters, in case you haven't heard of it, is a television show where they take commonly believed myths and put them to the test. In this particular episode, they set out to prove whether or not it was possible for you to actually sneeze your eyeballs out. The conclusion was that if your eyes were open when you sneezed, you could sneeze your eyeballs out, but it wouldn't ever happen because your eyes automatically closed.

Apparently, this had to be put to the test. After realizing that the boys had been quiet for TOO long, my friend came into the kitchen to find them surrounding the pepper shaker. The oldest was instructing the others to hold his eyelids up while he sniffed the pepper to try to sneeze.

My friend asked the obvious question, "WHAT are you doing?"

The three boys simply responded with the obvious answer, "Trying to sneeze our eyeballs out."

She stared at them a moment, then finally had to ask, "What were you planning on doing if you succeeded?"

I have girls. They have seen Mythbusters. They talk about the show on occasion. Not once have I ever caught them trying to experiment for themselves. This must be a boy thing.

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