Why is it bad luck to say thank you to someone who says bless you when ya sneeze?

Anecdotal sources suggest it was believed that sneezing was the way for the body to rid itself of the devil's evil influences.

The act of blessing a person subsequent to a sneeze was meant to act as a safeguard against the devil's evil influences returning. However, if the sneezer should thank the blesser for the blessing it was thought to invite the devil with all his evil influences to re-enter the body.

There are some things we do in everyday life which become part of the furniture, even if we don’t know why. Saying “bless you” when someone sneezes has to be up there with the best of them. Find out the real reason why we say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes shared by Thesun.co.uk.

Cold and flu season may be winding down, but sneezing — with allergies surely on the way — is here to stay. We all do it, though some of us are more disruptively loud than others.

It’s a reflex we simply can’t control. But other than the most obvious causes — fresh pepper, anyone? — how much do we really know about what our sneezes mean? Here are a few fun facts you probably didn’t know about sneezing shared by Huffingtonpost.com.

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