02-16-2014, 11:54 AM
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According to some histories, on this date in the year AD 600 Pope Gregory I issued a decree stating that "God bless you" was the correct response to a sneeze. Gregory became Pope in AD 590 as an outbreak of the bubonic plague was reaching Rome. In hopes of fighting off the disease, he ordered unending prayer and parades of chanters through the streets. At the time, sneezing was thought to be an early symptom of the plague, and the blessing ("God bless you!") became a common effort to halt the disease.

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 02-16-2014, 12:03 PM
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You and your never-ending trivia, John! Biggrin
Thanks for sharing.

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