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Ten Interesting Wives Tales

Updated on November 14, 2016

Wives Tales can be True or False

The tale is that you can tell if a pregnant woman is having a girl or boy based on if the baby is high or low in the stomach. False.
The tale is that you can tell if a pregnant woman is having a girl or boy based on if the baby is high or low in the stomach. False. | Source
The saying is that if a person touches a toad they will get warts. False.
The saying is that if a person touches a toad they will get warts. False. | Source
Hundreds of books have been written about Old Wives Tales over the years.
Hundreds of books have been written about Old Wives Tales over the years. | Source
The saying is an apple a day keeps the Doctor away. Although apples are good for you as is all fruit in moderation they most definitely will not keep you from getting sick or having to see a Dr.
The saying is an apple a day keeps the Doctor away. Although apples are good for you as is all fruit in moderation they most definitely will not keep you from getting sick or having to see a Dr. | Source

5 True Wives Tales

Newspapers Clean Windows
Peanut Butter Removes Gum
Use Aluminum Foil To Iron
Walnuts remove furniture scratches
Chicken Noodle Soup Fights Colds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

10 Legendary Wives Tales

Wives Tales are sometimes true and sometimes just tall tales told by the older generation. All of the tales listed below, are tall tales and are completely untrue. Unless you believe them.

1. Yawn: If you cover your mouth when you yawn, it will prevent your soul from exiting your body. I have never heard this wives tale before now. At any rate, it is an interesting and often spread fib that has been tossed around loosely over the decades.

2. Hold breath while in a cemetery: The legend says, that if you pass a cemetery without holding your breath, the soul of a recently deceased person will enter you. If this was true, every time we passed a cemetery we would all be very afraid. In fact, we would never want to visit a cemetery. My grandmother lives next to a cemetery. If we really believed this, I could never visit her.

3. Mirror: If a mirror falls and breaks in the house, someone in the home will die soon. I personally know this to be false because I have had 2 mirrors fall and break and no one died during that period of time.

4. Don't cross your eyes or they will get stuck that way. This legend was invented by parents who got tired of their children making silly faces. If this tale were true, Jim Carey would have a serious problem! Plus, kids every where would have crossed eyes.

5. Reading in dim lights or sitting to close to the TV will damage your eyes. False. The only way you can truly damage your eyes by using them, is to stare directly into the sun for a prolonged period of time. My grandmother did warn us of this as well but, she was a little bit more blunt than it will damage your eyes. She just flat out told us that we would go blind.

6. After a person dies their fingernails and hair continue to grow: Incorrect. What actually happens is the skin retracts, giving the appearance that the nails are growing longer. There is actually no nail or hair growth after death.

7. 10 percent of our brains are actually used: This is not true because brain scans reveal that we use 100% of our brains each and every day. Our brains are used every day because, we always are thinking of something, we are just wired this weigh.

8. Cats steal sleeping people's breath: This is definitely not true because, cats have been sleeping with people for years. If it was true, then there would be a lot of dead cat owners. I did have my cat come and sit on my chest and get real close up to my nose and start breathing with me. Then a little tap of the paw would hit me in the face. Not hard at first but, if I didn't get up or acknowledge that she was there the soft pecks turn to feeling come claws.

9. Toads give warts: As the legend goes, if you touch a toad, you will get warts but, this is not true because a toad can't pass them along to you. Not to mention, I have touched plenty of toads in my lifetime and I have never gotten any warts.

10. Swallowing gum is harmful to the body: Actually, gum passes through the digestive system quickly and doesn't stay in the body. The gum doesn't actually break down in the digestive system.

I hope that this hub was enjoyable. It actually makes me want to take the time to sit down and talk to my grandmothers and ask them what wives tales they were told growing up. There's a lot of knowledge there that will be lost when they pass away. They are the only two grandparents that I have left and they have so much to give and so much to share. I hope that you will take the time to call or visit your grandparents if they are still living. Make them feel important. Don't make them feel like they are just old and have nothing to give or contribute to society. They are how we got to where we are today.

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Be sure and check out the videos below they give a great deal of information about wives tales.

A Long Time Ago........

Old wives tales can be true but, in most cases they are completely false. In general, a wives tale is folklore or an Urban Legend if you will, that is passed down from generation to generation by older women to younger women. Sometimes, they are just tale tales but, other times they just blow up the tale to prove a point or make you think about what you are doing. Each wives tale usually has a little bit of a hidden meaning. The wives tales were told to figure out the secret or what the wives' tale was trying to explain.

In the Bible: Even the Holy Bible makes mention of wives tales in the New Testament. In 1 Timothy 4:7, Paul, one of Jesus Christ's Apostles wrote this to Timothy: But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself unto godliness.

Reasons For Wives Tales: Mainly, wives tales were used for scaring children into behaving. Also, some people just have a flare for over the top storytelling which results in an old wives' tales.

There are many wives tales and they cover every end of the spectrum. Wives tales are about pregnancy, food, work, sleep, shaving, health, death and almost any other thing you can think of. At any rate, these mostly superstitious and often funny tales are just that. Tales, or better yet tall tales, which have been around ages and they are apart of the world's culture in a way. It scares me to think that with the passing of our older population we will lose these "tall tales."

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      Bob Bamberg 3 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

      Interesting hub, Leslie. I remember reading an article on the origin of superstitions and old wives' tales. Many have various plausible versions of how they got started.

      One of my favorites contends that dogs' mouths are cleaner than human mouths. Even today I run into people who have blindly accepted it as fact until you hit them with a little reality check and they think about it for a minute. Voted up and interesting.

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      Buster Johnson 3 years ago from Alabama

      Thank you for your kind comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Love it! I'm not sure that 'old wives tales' are strictly limited to women as I've heard some strange ones from men, as well. It was very interesting to read and an unusual, but fun topic to write about.

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