WONDER #54: Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

Question 1 of 3

According to this WONDER, emotional, basal, and reflexive are what?

  1. Types of onion.
  2. Types of tears.
  3. Types of cell membranes.
  4. None of the above.

Question 2 of 3

How does chopping onions cause our eyes to water, according to this WONDER?

  1. The onions cells rupture, releasing a gas that irritates the eye
  2. The liquid contents of cells spray up into our eyes.
  3. Only a few people react to onions with watering eyes.
  4. None of the above.

Question 3 of 3

How might you keep your eyes from watering while chopping onions?

  1. Chop the onion under running water or submerged in a tub.
  2. Make sure your onion is cold--put it in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit before slicing.
  3. Cut the onion from the top.
  4. All of the above.

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