Godzilla!

Me: *sneezes*
Friend: Godzilla!
Me: Thank you!
*pause*
Me: Wait… did you just say—
Friend: It’s nondenominational.

The practice of saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes dates goes back centuries, apparently due to the folk belief that a person’s soul could be thrown from their body when they sneezed, or that sneezing otherwise opened the body to invasion by the Devil or evil spirits.

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