Does pulling/tugging at your soft cartilage cause it to grow?

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Don't pick your nose. Compulsive nose picking, known as rhinotillexomania, can increase the size of your nose and introduce infections or more serious problems.

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    Do you have sources that say it does?
    – Chad
    Jul 19 '11 at 18:43
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    @Chad I can confirm that it’s a common tale told to little children to prevent them from picking their nose in Germany. Jul 19 '11 at 20:15
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    I thought no one would have done a scientific study on nose-picking, but it's been done and the authors won the 2001 IgNobel for a study that “cannot or should not be reproduced”
    – JoseK
    Jul 20 '11 at 6:55
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    You can pick your nose, and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friends nose...~hypatia
    – Thursagen
    Jul 20 '11 at 11:22
  • @Konrad: I never heard it before, and I live as well in Germany. I would expect, if you tell this to little boys, they will not pick their nose, but ... :) Jul 20 '11 at 15:51

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