Ahead of the comments you'll leave, let me admit that I know you likely yawn at most of the posts you read here at StronglyWorded letter.com. But today I nearly guarantee it.
What is the yawn reflex? Science doesn't know. Lack of oxygen is a popular unsupported theory. And if why we yawn is a mystery, even more of a conundrum is the phenomena that causes us to yawn when we see other people yawning. I am so susceptible to the suggestion that I yawn when I see someone else doing it on TV. I can't stop myself from yawning even when I read the word "yawn." How about you?
There are several theories as to why yawning is contagious. One is a complicated idea that "mirror neurons" in the brain copy the action when we see it, but I don't hear about people starting to blink or cough because others do.
Another theory is that yawning is part of the evolutionary herd instinct; that the yawn serves to synchronize mood behavior among animals to signify tiredness to the pack and coordinate sleeping.
My whole life I have tried to fight reflex yawns but can't do it. It is a powerful, mysterious impulse.
The other thing that puzzles me is how you are able to tell if someone is staring at you. I don't know if it has ever been proven by scientists, but hasn't everyone reading this had it happen before? Someone out of sight from you is giving you the evil eye and you can almost feel the burn. You look around and there he or she is. For me it is usually a model checking me out but your experience may vary.
Saturday night Donna and I were enjoying the wonderful 1944 film Gaslight and there it was again. Charles Boyer's character takes his wife, played by Ingrid Bergman, to a music recital. He starts squirming after a few minutes as he almost "feels" the presence of Joseph Cotten's Scotland Yard officer who is seated several rows behind the couple. Sure enough, he turns around and Cotten is more certain than ever that Boyer is up to no good in his attempt to fleece his new bride of her inheritance. Weird, right?
P.S. Godzilla is home. Update tomorrow and I thank you again for all your well wishes.