Old Wives’ Tales
Searching for a home remedy for a sore throat and cough led me to a number of old wives’ tales and resulted in this month’s contribution for Shimelle’s ten on the tenth:
- An apple a day keeps the doctor away. (I have an apple five days a week and rarely have to go to the doctor, so there may be some truth here.)
- Breaking a mirror will bring seven years’ bad luck.
- Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.
- Eating bread crusts will make your hair curly. (I wish this one was true. It would certainly be less expensive than having perms several times a year.)
- Expectant mothers with heartburn can expect a baby born with lots of hair. (I had not heard this one until a couple of weeks ago, so I was surprised to find that it’s a common belief.)
- Friday the 13th is a day fraught with peril. (DH and I married on a Friday the 13th nearly 39 years ago; clearly we don’t subscribe to this one!)
- If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers. (I haven’t heard this one before, but I bet a lot of kids wish this one was true!)
- Put your elbow in your ear, turn into the opposite sex. (I’ve never seen or heard this one anywhere than from my mother, but it was one of her favorites. I can remember trying to put my elbow in my ear but, fortunately, found it impossible to accomplish.)
- Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
- Throw salt over your left shoulder to bring good luck.
Do you have other old wives’ tales that come to mind? I’d love to hear them.
BTW, gargling with warm salt water, as gross as that sounds, turned out to be the best remedy for my sore throat.