I gets mail
Hey, just a reminder to everyone out there, if you feel like asking questions, don’t hesitate to email me! I’ve set up a new convenient and easy to remember email for everyone who wants to get in touch, so if you’ve got something on your mind you’d like to share, or if you have a question or comment you think is funny, don’t just keep it to yourself, dammit! Today’s hilarious mail comes from Mike:
I’m a long time atheist and I’m always uncomfortable after somebody sneezes. Typically, I just say “bless you,” but I feel kind of disingenuous. I’m currently moving to saying Gesundheit! (to wish them good health) — I’m writing to find out what do YOU say to somebody after they sneeze, if anything?
Well, most of the time I just say “put your fucking hand in front of your mouth you disease bag” (it might be my recent paranoia of getting the Swine Flu before I can get the vaccine), but I agree it would be fun to try a new one. Maybe the next time someone sneezes you can just tell them “pax in terra”, which is Latin for “peace on earth”. Any thoughts guys?
NOTE: Mike’s been busy, and asked a bunch of far more qualified atheists what they thought:
PZ Myers – “If necessary, I ask them to please cover their mouths. Otherwise, nothing.”
Phil Plait – “I don’t say anything. :)”
Don Baker (Atheist Experience) – “I usually say Gesundheit. It’s hard to de-program yourself from all the kneejerk phrases that our culture has programmed us to say. I still say ‘God damn it’ sometimes when I’m angry. Silly, huh?”
Matt Dillahunty – “I usually don’t say anything…though I’ve said ‘Gesundheit’ in the past. The idea that we should say anything is a little absurd (what do we say when someone farts or hiccups?), but it’s not a big deal. The response is almost as involuntary as the sneeze. I’m not the slightest bit bothered by ‘bless you’ or even ‘God bless you’ and I’ve known plenty of atheists who have said both.”