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i was msotly "scared" by that sneezing thing (i'll never hold back again) and yes, i fall into that 75% of people on the last fact(i tried to do it right after reading that sentence and they are right.I think Gene Simmons would be exception) :)
[edited by: JonB at 6:42 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2003]
I always thought "gesundheit" was a better thing to say... I'd rather get well soon when I sneeze than worry about demonic possession. ;)
The reason behind people sneezing is to do with plague as people here havea already mentioned.
This page [straightdope.com] gives examples of common myths about sneezing and a detailed explanation as to why we do, in fact, say God Bless you.
However, I don't see why all the other easons listed above aren't perfectly legitimate reasons. Whenever I sneeze, and someone say's bless you, it lets me know that person cares!
My 2p. Crackin post tho! 3,000 times. I'm only 21! Heh... excellent
In some parts of my world you can multiply that by thousands and change "while sleeping" to "while fully awake". Mainly fried, sometimes grilled, rarely raw.
I did several experiments last year on one of my employees and he successfully sneezed with his eyes open and his eyes remained firmly lodged in his head.
(Imagine the worker's comp claim on that one, had his eyes flown out of his head ...)
Hehe hope you enjoyed them. Can you tell I'm a bit bored this morning?
Okay, I admit it. Only two of the above are true. I made the rest up.
I though it'd be more of a challenge to work out which two.