I have sneezed about 40 times already this morning and it's only 6:40 am! There's no one here to say "God Bless You" so that begs the question - if I sneeze when no one is here, am I blessed? And why do we say "God Bless You" when someone sneezes?
According to the Straight Dope Science Advisory Board, saying "God Bless You" after a sneeze dates way back. Saying "God bless you" after a sneeze started literally as a blessing. Pope Gregory the Great (540-604 AD) ascended to the Papacy just in time for the start of the plague (his successor died because of the plague). Gregory asked for God's help and intercession. When someone sneezed, they were immediately blessed ("God bless you!") in the hope that they would not get the plague!
Interestingly, there are lots of superstitions about sneezing. Here's what I found:
Sneeze on Monday for health,
Sneeze on Tuesday for wealth,
Sneeze on Wednesday for a letter,
Sneeze on Thursday for something better,
Sneeze on Friday for sorrow,
Sneeze on Saturday, see your sweetheart tomorrow,
Sneeze on Sunday, safety seek.
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a letter
Four for a boy.
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret,
never to be told.
And did you know that if you say “lamp” or “cucumber” when you feel a sneeze coming on, it will stop it from happening? I have no idea if it's true - but I'll let you know!
LAMP! LAMP! LAMP!
It's me, just trying to get by.