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Old Wives Tales - Just Plain Fun Or Is There Some Truth To Them?
Most of them are just tales, but some might have some truth to them...
We've all heard them growing up from friends and family and of course from MOM. I have actually USED this one on my boys... "don't crack your knuckles or you'll get arthritis". Not true, but I guess it really is NOT good to crack your knuckles - when you do, you are slightly displacing the joints and moving the fluid in the joint, making "bubbles" causing the sound you hear.
So, CUT IT OUT! Quit cracking those knuckles! Listen to your mother, she didn't get to this age by being a dummy!!
There are so many old wives tales that are just plain fun to tell with no truth at all to them.
If your ears are burning (or itching), or if your face feels hot, someone is talking about you!
Cross your eyes, they'll stay that way!
Touching a toad will give you warts - (not true, warts are caused by viruses just like colds).
A watched pot never boils (not true, it just seems that way). A lot of "old wives tales" are centered around the kitchen... maybe because that's where they ("old wives") spend a lot of their time!
Go outside with wet hair, you'll catch a cold! Not true, viruses cause colds, not going outdoors.
If your right hand itches, money will come to you, if your left hand itches, you'll be paying money to someone. C'mon right hand, start itching while I'm walking through a casino here in Vegas! Mama needs a new pair of shoes!
Break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck, put the broken pieces under a running stream to counteract the bad luck (see? didn't you learn something new today?)
Speaking of learning something new... never learn something NEW on a Friday or you will get another wrinkle! I used that one often at work just to avoid learning something new on a Friday. It didn't always work, but the ladies I worked with got a kick out of it!
Another one about mirrors... cover up a mirror during a rainstorm to prevent lightning from striking your home (not true, but there are people to this day who still do it!)
It's bad luck to kill a ladybug.. not true, but they're so pretty why would you kill them anyway?
The five second rule... pick up a piece of food before it has been on the floor for five seconds, and it is still OK to eat it. NOT true!! Bacteria is on most floors all the time, you take a risk by picking it up and eating it if it falls to the floor, regardless of how long it has been on the floor!
Some old wives tales center around the subject of death. I had heard that when you drive by a cemetery, you should hold your breath to avoid breathing in the spirit of someone who is recently deceased.
And another one is," bury a woman in black, she will come back to haunt you" - I've threatened to come back and haunt our boys a few times! **winking**
Eating hot chicken soup can cure a cold ~ While it doesn't actually cure a cold, hot chicken soup really is incredibly good for your health when you're sick. There is an amino acid called cysteine in it that helps with some of the cold symptoms like congestion.
Oh and another fact, the same amino acid, cysteine, is also related to the ingredient in an antibiotic called acetylcysteine that is sometimes prescribed for congestion. SO, EAT your chicken soup next time you have a cold or flu, you just might feel better! See? Sometimes Mom really DOES know her stuff!
Now, some of the health related "old wives tales" might not be totally true, but there is some truth to them, and they sure don't hurt. We've all heard "an apple a day keeps a doctor away." Apples really ARE good for you, and have some cancer fighting properties (a positive affect on good cells), so why not eat your apples?
And the one about carrots being good for your eyes as well. There is actually SOME truth to these, so, remember to listen to your Mother, eat your apples and carrots (but not if they fall on the floor), and quit cracking those knuckles!
You'll not only make MOM happier, but you'll do yourself some good as well!