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Read it and Weep: 6 Facts on the Science of Crying


2. The Science Behind Ugly Crying

We’ve all been there and done that, but when we cry, like really cry and gush with our eyes and nose spilling snot all over the place, we do so for good reason. It turns out that once the eyes reach drainage capacity—the nose springs forth to lessen the drippy load.

According to Dr. Nick Knight, a UK-based physician, emotionally tied tears that spring from the lacrimal gland (under the eyelid) has one of 2 drainage options—“[either] to drain-off down the lacrimal punctum (i.e., like a plug in your sink) or draining through your nose. And that’s why your nose runs when you have a good old sob-fest, folks.

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