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    Am I the only person in the world that didn't know that the club in a club sandwich was an acronym? It apparently stands for Chicken, Lettuce under Bacon. Who knew?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanbforrest45 View Post
    BTW, on another tack (which is a sailing term by the way) why do we say "God Bless You" when we sneeze? The story goes that in the Middle Ages it was believed a sneeze allowed the soul to open up and give a portal to the Devil to enter your soul. By saying "God Bless You" when you sneezed you would ward off evil entering your life.
    Did you ever see the Seinfeld episode where they replaced "God bless you" with "you are soooo good looking"? That still cracks me up

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    I've heard that knocking on wood after saying something that might be considered very prideful or overly optimistic came from the practice of rapping on a tree to appease the forest spirits (or something) who might otherwise take offense at your chutzpah and screw up your plans.
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