Ever wonder why we say "God bless you" when someone sneezes?
The practice of blessing someone who sneezes, dating as far back as at least AD 77, is far older than most specific explanations can account for.
I have heard it said that people thought that the heart stops beating during a sneeze, and that the phrase "God bless you" encourages the heart to continue beating.
Isn't it already too late at that point?
If they didn't keel over in cardiac arrest, can't you assume it's still beating?
Hasn't God already blessed them?
They should be thanking God!
In the continuing assault on religious freedom promised by that little rag we call the Constitution, a so-called educated politically correct idjit at the University of Texas-Rio Grande barred his students from saying "God bless you" in class, claiming it was a distraction during exams.
He felt this was so important that he banned it from all class activity, even printing it on his syllabus, right after discouraging the use of cell phones.
Clearly the two behaviors are similar.