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For us cold-sufferers...

"The Christian expression 'God bless you'... began by papal fiat in the sixth century, during the reign of Pope Gregory the Great. A virulent pestilence raged throughout Italy, one foreboding symptom being severe, chronic sneezing. So deadly was the plague that people died shortly after manifesting its symptoms; thus, sneezing became synonymous with imminent death. "Pope Gregory beseeched the healthy to pray for the sick. He also ordered that such well-intended though leisurely phrases as 'May you enjoy good health' be replaced with his own more urgent and pointed invocation, 'God bless you!" And if no well-wisher was around to invoke the blessing, the sneezer was advised to exclaim aloud, 'God help me!' "Pope Gregory's post-sneeze supplications spread throughout Eu­rope, hand in hand with the plague, and the seriousness with which a sneeze was regarded was captured in a new expression, which sur­vives to this day: 'Not to be sneezed at.'" -Chuck's Fun blog


  1. Interesting fact. Thank you for sharing

  2. So fun to learn about this! Have a great weekend!

    kari & kijsa


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"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting."
-- Author Unknown

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