Few things feel more urgent than a sneeze coming up the ol' sneeze tube. No matter how many times you've been through it, it's always a situation. It's embarrassing, often uncomfortable, and apparently a good opportunity to rupture your throat.
This is actually a thing that can happen -- and it recently did to one unlucky 34-year-old man, according to a report in BMJ Case Reports. The "previously fit and well" man tried to pinch his nose and close his mouth to suppress a sneeze, as many do, and experienced a pop in his neck. He experienced serious swelling and couldn't speak or swallow, so he made his way to the emergency room.
He discovered that there'd been so much force in the sneeze that his pharynx ruptured and air bubbles developed in his neck. He was then put on a feeding tube, given antibiotics, and discharged two weeks later. At his two-month checkup, he was given the all-clear.