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CMaz's avatar

Masturbating causes blindness. I am getting to the point I just might need glasses. Now I know the cause.

JLeslie's avatar

Can’t think of one, but there must be some? Shouold be interesting to see the responses. I could name a bunch that are total BS!

ubersiren's avatar

I should’ve added examples, I guess. Too late to edit now. Here’s a list of some.

casheroo's avatar

When I was a child, I was very superstitious…I never walked on cracks on the sidewalk!

The only old wives tales I’m very familiar with are ones related to pregnancy, and none were true about my pregnancy with my son. All the old wives tales pointed towards girl, but he is most definitely a boy.

sap82's avatar

A lot of people in the Fluther would chalk the existance in God to be an old wives tale.

Thammuz's avatar

@sap82 Dammit, it’s not funny after you mentioned it.

suzyq2463's avatar

One old wives tale I heard when I was pregnant was that if your baby has lots of hair you’ll have bad heartburn. I had horrible, horrible heart burn with my firstborn, and he had hair like Samson. The heartburn abated immediately after I gave birth. My second baby, a girl, had very little hair and I had no heartburn.

SirBailey's avatar

Starve a fever, feed a cold.

JLeslie's avatar

@SirBailey You believe starve a fever feed a cold? That is ridiculous.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@JLeslie I do, I fed my cold and it gave birth to several very hairy little colds, and I just can’t get rid of the hearburn. Maybe I need to masturbate more so I don’t have to look at those little furry colds running around.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@JLeslie Eating a meal boosts the type of immune response that destroys the viruses responsible for colds conversely, fasting stimulates the response that tackles the bacterial infections responsible for most fevers.

Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology (vol 9, p 182)

JLeslie's avatar

@Lightlyseared well, I never knew anyone who had a big appetite when their fever was 103 anyway, so good it helps, thanks. Meanwhile, nobody should be sitting around with 103 anyway, pretty much, from what I have read, it is better to bring the fever down, that it does not kill off the bacterial infection significantly like previously thought. And if you are like me you will get up to 105. Now I know you are not going to tell me to wrap yourself in blankets and sweat-out a fever, that gives people brain damage.

SirBailey's avatar

@JLeslie, so it’s NOT so ridiculous after all?!!

JLeslie's avatar

I agreed with you :)

So many of the old wives tales about health are junk though.

Lightlyseared's avatar

The fever response will help the bodies immune system to fight off an infection but antibiotics will do it quicker so why mess around.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Some things that I speculated might be true were disproven by a cool website called That’s a good place to go to verify or debunk urban legends and other conundrums that have mystified mankind since time immemorial.

When I was a child, I had a grandparent tell me that picking your nose made it grow bigger. Whatever.

YARNLADY's avatar

True Old Wives Tales

Eat your fruits and vegetables
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Gain a child lose a tooth
Don’t let a person with a head injury sleep
Chicken soup is good for the cold and the soul
I Can Feel It in My Bones
Fish is Good for Your Brain

JLeslie's avatar

@YARNLADY those are good.

ubersiren's avatar

@YARNLADY : oooh, very good.

cyndyh's avatar

There is a Boogey Man. His name is Bubba. If you’re not careful he’ll drink all your beer.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

If you’re talking about my wife, she’s always right. Even when she isn’t.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I am very supersticious when it comes to Magpies!

Shegrin's avatar

You are what you eat.

This means I’m a vegetable. Definitely some truth to that.

trailsillustrated's avatar

vegemite on toast + hot tea = hangover cure

jf9434's avatar

If you are being talked about you will sneeze.
My favorite is that if you eat saurkraut on New Year’s day you will have good luck. Anyone heard of that one?

Coloma's avatar


Superstitious about Magpies???

Whats that about? lol

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

@jf9434 Yes..Mom fed us pork and sauerkraut for every New Year’s dinner. She also included the Southern tradition of black-eyed peas..

The only 2 that still hold any interest are weather-related:
* A ring around the moon means it will snow.
* “Red sky at night – sailors’ delight; Red sky in the morning – sailors’ warning.”

Time to log off and go eat some fruit and vegetables.

JLeslie's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I use the red sky at night all of the time. It is so true. I get excited that the next day will be fantastic!!

bewailknot's avatar

What you are on New Years Eve you will be all year – so make sure you have money in your pocket.

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