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Superstitions, Magic and Phobias
"Atchoo! Gesundheit! Sneezing throughout the ages and throughout the world has had some wonderful superstitions attached to it - here are a just a few"
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In Ancient Greece, one explanation for sneezing was that it was a way of 'purging the brain of superfluities' and that 'sick persons as cannot sneeze die quickly, because it is a sign the brain is wholly stuffed with evil humours, which cannot be purged.'. Which famous philosopher proposed this explanation?
The Ancient Greeks had a wide range of superstitions associated with sneezing. Which of the following was NOT one of these?
Sneezing was lucky in the morning, unlucky in the afternoon
Sneezing while clearing food was unlucky
Sneezing three times was unlucky
Sneezing in bright sunlight was lucky
In which European country did there once exist a belief that a newborn infant was under the influence of fairy spells until it sneezed?
There is an English rhyme which denotes what will happen when you sneeze on certain days of the week. What will happen if you sneeze on Tuesday?
Be in danger
Kiss a stranger
End in strife
See new life
In Japan, what does it mean if you sneeze once?
Something bad is being said about you
Something good is being said about you
You are ill
More than one person is talking about you
According to Chinese superstition, a sneeze on New Year's Eve is a sign of bad luck for the year to come. If you do happen to sneeze then, is there any way to avoid this terrible fate?
What is the common response to another person's sneeze in Iceland?
Good health to you!
God help me!
God help you!
God bless you!
Not all suspect sneezing stories have been consigned to history. One such story is that it is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. Is this true or false?
One urban legend that remains is that sneezing affects your heart in some way. Which of the following is the most common misconception?
When you sneeze your heart beat speeds up
When you sneeze your heart stops
When you sneeze your heart beat slows down
When you sneeze your heart keeps beating as normal
Can sneezing damage your hearing?
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Compiled Jun 28 12