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Entertaining Old Wives Tales

Updated on February 25, 2013
Old wives tales - fact or fiction?
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Old wives tales are beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. Some of them are based on facts and happenings, and some of them are based on superstitions. For many years this was a way of life for people. The stories were based on a combination of folklore, superstition and life experiences. Some of the old wives tales are really out there. For example,"Rub a frog on your wart and it will disappear." No one seems to know how or when this particular tale can from or how it began. One can only assume that something happened to make someone believe that this was a true fact.

There are as many Old Wives Tales there are circulating out there as there are people. I enjoyed reading about them and picking out the ones to include in this hub. I hope you enjoy reading them.

  • Sitting in front of the TV will make you blind.
  • It's bad luck to let milk boil over.
  • If you spill salt you must throw it over your shoulder to ward off the devil and bad luck.
  • A bird in the house is a sign of a death. If a robin flies into a room through a window, death will shortly follow.
  • It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on a Friday or a Sunday.
  • It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
  • If your right ear itches, someone is saying something nice about you. If it’s the left, someone’s saying something bad about you.
  • A wish will come true if you make it while burning onions.
  • Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis.
  • If you knock on wood the bad luck that was supposed to come to you will be directed away from you.
  • A bar of soap in the bed prevents nighttime leg cramps.
  • Eating chocolate will give you acne.
  • Put salt on the doorstep of a new house, and no evil can enter.
  • If the palm of your right hand itches, it means you will soon be getting money.
  • Amber beads, worn as a necklace, can protect against illness or cure colds.
  • If you lick your feet you'll get Athlete's Tongue.
  • If your ears burn someone is talking about you.
  • Dogs howling in the dark of night, Howl for death before daylight.
  • If you carry your baby low during pregnancy it will be a boy. If you carry it high, it's a little girl.
  • If you get goosebumps or a chill up your back, it means someone is walking over your grave.
  • It is bad luck to see an owl in the sunlight.
  • If you cut an apple in half and count the seeds, you will see how many children you will have.
  • If your nose itches, you will soon get a visitor. Right nostril indicates a female visitor, left nostril indicates male visitor.
  • A bride's veil will protect her from evil spirits who are jealous of happy people.
  • Believe it or not, chicken soup will help make you feel better when you have a cold. It is believed that it slows down the activity of the white blood cells that cause inflammation in the lungs.
  • It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.
  • If you eat within an hour of swimming you will get cramp.
  • Don't suck your thumb because it might give you buck teeth.
  • If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will be dead before the year is out.
  • Dropping a pair of scissors means that your lover is seeing someone behind your back.
  • A cricket in the house brings good luck.
  • If someone is sweeping the floor and sweeps over your feet, you'll never get married.



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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ken, there are many great writers on hubpages. I'm on my way to your profile. See you there.

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      Ken Taub 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Fun & informative stuff you have! I'm scoping out who some of the best writers are on Hub Pages. Let's considering following one another, yes? Keep writing! best, Ken

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peter, there's a lot of "real medicine" in some of the old wives tales. They've been around for so long for a reason.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear koffeelatchgals,

      Thank you for another interesting article. Your cartoon struck an amusing note, particularly when I first started with a major international pharmaceutical company I headed up a department to investigate "old wives tales". There were many interesting discoveries made and some quite amusing ones also.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks epigramman. It's funny, I forgot to include the old wives tale you memtioned. Warm wishes and very good thoughts back at you.

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....and the ultimate old wives tale - If you don't visit the awesome hubs of KOFFEE KLATCH GALS you will turn into an ogre like the epi-man , lol.

      I really loved this compilation and the work that you put into it.

      I guess they are like superstitions in a way.

      Sending sincere warm wishes and good thoughts to you from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 2:23pm

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, some of them are prue superstition, some of them rooted in actual experience.

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      Devika Primić 5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I know some of these tales often told by an older person, so superstitious.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie48, I find them fascinating. The origin I'm sure, of most of thse are just something happening to someone after they did something. Doe that make sense?

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      KorraleeP, it was new to me also. I've always done my nails on a Saturday. One wonders how this tale got it's beginning.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Genna East, I had a lot of fun writing it. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      onegoodwoman, they are old wives tales, I guess they have to be old. I'm glad it brought back memories of your grandmother.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, it's could be true. Afterall, look at some of the others that people believe.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Amazing, isn't it?? You found some really unusual ones. It is interesting to read and to peek into the minds of those who may have begun these 'tales.'

      I do wonder how they came to the conclusion on some the one about 13 dining together. How many times did someone witness that happening before it was adopted as a saying?? Don't you wonder.

      Great collection. Enjoyed from beginning to end. Sending Angels to you this morning. :) ps

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Great Hub! I am familiar with quite a few of these, but I have never heard of it being bad luck to cut your fingernails on a Friday or Saturday...that is usually when I tend to my nails, Friday night or Saturday.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I remember some of those wives tales. What a fun hub. Thank you! :-)

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      onegoodwoman 5 years ago from A small southern town

      Not to say, that you are old, aging..........

      But, this so reminds me of my beloved Grandmother................

      TY, for taking me back to her time..............

      For a momemt, in this fast paced era......I almost lost sight of her, outside the kitchen.


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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      always exploring, I like your wives tale. I don't knnow how it would work but it is interesting.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      livingsta, they are fun aren't they. Glad you enjoyed them.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Mhatter99, I find these little facts and sayings quite cfascinating and love to share with others.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kittythedreamer, I heard that sucking your thumb doesn't cause buck teeth. It somehow seems to me that it would.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Love your Old Wives Tales, KKGals. Here's another: if you sing before breakfast, you will cry before supper. Would you agree???

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was a lot of fun to read, some i've heard of, i remember someone telling my mother to put a knife onder the bed to stop nose bleed. Hilarious..Thank's for sharing..

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      livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting, I have heard of quite a few on this list, makes me chuckle :-)

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great collection. Thank you for making us aware and making it available.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

      Sucking your thumb will give you teeth that stick out...LOL. That is one of the true old wives tales. Very interesting hub, thanks for sharing!


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