Why do cut onions bring tears?

            Tears produced by the tear glands keep the eyes moist and are normally drained off through the nose. Onions contain a number of water soluble volatile substances containing sulfur. On cutting the onion these substances quickly spread into the air and cause irritation in eyes. The tear glands start secreting more and more tears to wash out the irritants. The tears are produced so rapidly that they cannot be drained out through nose and so run down the eyes.