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Fun Facts About Blinking

  • Blinking helps to wash tears over our eyeballs. That keeps them clean and moist. Also, if something is about to hit our eye, we will blink automatically.

  • All creatures great and small blink – except for fish, snakes, and other animals without eyelids. Then there are some special creatures – perhaps most famously hamsters – that wink, blinking only one eye at a time.

  • The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body.

  • Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.

  • It is impossible not to blink your eyes when you sneeze.

  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

  • The average person blinks their eyes about 11,500 times per day or about 4.2 million times per year.

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