Myths and Legends from the Far East are sometimes vastly different from those in the Western World.
From a book published in 1975 titled “Folktales Told Around the World” by Richard Mercer Dorson, comes to us a Korean folktale that explains Why People’s Noses Run When They Catch a Cold.
Why Do People’s Noses Run When They Catch a Cold? – A Korean Folktale
“Long, long ago, there was a king who had a son, and this son had two penises hanging there. So when it came time for him to marry, his father planned to marry him to a girl with two vulvas. But although they searched far and wide, they couldn’t find such a girl.
The king’s son died without ever getting married, so he became a ghost who wandered around looking for a girl with two vulvas. This ghost searched everywhere and looked very hard, but he just couldn’t find one.
And so, since there was nothing else to do, he began doing it to people’s nostrils. From that time on, people began to catch cold. When somebody catches a cold his nose is stuffed up at first and he can’t breathe, and then later his nose starts to run. That’s because when the ghost puts his penises up there the nose feels stuffed up. After he’s finished, he takes them out and that’s when people can start to breathe again. But because he left his liquid up there, their noses run.”
— “Folktales Told Around the World” by Richard Mercer Dorson
There you have it. Next time you’re stuffed up, you can blame a Korean ghost for nutting in your face. You’re welcome.