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You know the kind the sneeze where your hand/monitor/dates face is left splattered as if shot at close range with a mucus blunderbuss.
But no more, with the Anti-Mucus Nostril Sacs!
The sacs are packaged as small discs, flexible and mouldable to the dimensions of disparate nostrils. The
user inserts them in their nostrils and tiny, thermally-activated micro-hooks secure the sacs in the nostril.
The user breathes as normal the sacs micromesh material allows air to pass freely.
When they sneeze however, the sacs act as a barrier to the ejected material.
The force of the sneeze causes the sacs to spring out of their disc state and into their extended state they are structured in a manner akin to a tiny concertina/wind sock where they dangle from the users nostrils, holding the mucus.
Besides preventing the spraying of mucus all over your surroundings, this would also look hilarious
Oh Chad! Look everyone Chads mucus sacs have gone again!
They would come in a variety of colours and styles (eg. national flags, leopard print etc) and could even act as a filter for undesirable matter in the atmosphere (eg. dust, anthrax spores etc).
Great minds think alike. [lostdog, Oct 17 2004]
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||I don't believe that breathable micro-mesh malarkey for a minute. Breath is moist and would clog up the mesh pretty quick. My nose doesn't need any new rigging. Besides, what's worse; sneezing on your date or sneezing little sac(k)s of mucus on your date?
||Also useful for sudden nosebleeds....ihhhlll
||I don't fancy having footer about attempting to detach the rubbery scrotum of slime dangling from my nostrils each time I sneeze.
||You may have a point [k_sra] but if it was entirely practical it'd probably be baked. I reckon there has to be some kind of material out there in this wild, wonderful world that would be up to the task - or perhaps we could make the sacs organic and construct them of the same stuff as alveoli which are by necessity gas permeable. What you reckon?
||As for footering about [calum] there would be almost none - the micro hook attachments could incorporate pressure sensors so all you would need to do to detatch the sacs would be to firmly squeeze your nose for a couple of seconds.
||The idea is time-consuming and fairly unattractive. Try turning your face away next time.
||Welcome to the bakery, btw.