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The burning question*: Is it okay to keep a tissue up your sleeve?

It’s Monday, so let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

Wherever else you might keep your tissue, PLEASE don't keep it up your nose.
Wherever else you might keep your tissue, PLEASE don't keep it up your nose.
Image: David Stuart Productions via Shutterstock

WE KNOW HOW you feel. It’s Monday, you have the whole week ahead and you have a lot on your plate.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


This week: It’s cold and flu season and every second person is sniffling. As a result, there is a roaring trade in tissues. (We’ll take the ones with added balsam please).

But what do you do with your tissue when you’ve blown your nose? Do you keep it up your sleeve or do you immediately discard it every time (the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ school of thought)?

Vote here: Where do you keep your tissue?

Poll Results:

C - I throw it in the bin immediately after each use (1271)
B - In my pocket (1122)
D - Disposable tissues? I use a handkerchief. (771)
A - Up my sleeve (until it's completely unusable) (620)
E - Can't we all just get along? (144)

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