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13 best known wivestales


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These are the 13 most popular old wives' tales. If you haved updated information, please send it to me.

The List of the 13 most popular old wivestales

1. Don't breathe in when driving past a cemetery

There are a lot of old wives tales about cemetery's and the dead, but one of the most persistent is the old wives tale that says you must hold your breath when you drive past a cemetery or you'll breathe in the spirit of someone who died and was buried there recently. There is a similar old wives tale that says you shouldn't step on a grave, but if you should have to you should walk quickly and hold your breath so that you do not inhale the spirit of the person in the grave.

This is an old wives tale that is rooted more in spooky tales than it is in fact. You can safely breathe when you drive past or even walk through a cemetery. While it's not nice to step on a grave, you can do so without inhaling the spirit of the recently departed! Cemeteries and death are fuel for much speculation and old wives tales, so when you pass them along, do it with humor!

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2. Hair

The 'crowning glory' is one of the most indestructible parts of the body. As such, a sudden loss of hair is unlucky, forecasting a decline in health, loss of property or failure in business, or the death of a closely related child. Red hair is associated with fiery-tempered people (e.g. Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth I); black and dark brown hair indicate strength; fair hair implies timidity. On a man, if the hair grows low on the forehead and back above the temples he will have a long life; if a woman's hair grows in a low point on her forehead ('widow's peak') she will outlive her husband. If a woman suddenly develops curls on her forehead her man has not long to live.

Lank hair = a cunning nature; Curly hair = good natured, full of fun; Long hair = strength (e.g. Samson) and luck.

It is said to be unlucky to have your hair cut when the moon is in the wane as this will cause it to fall out and lose its lustre. Cutting your own hair will tempt fate. To determine your future: set fire to some strands of your hair - cut them off first!. If they burn brightly, you are in for a long life. If they splutter and smoulder, it is said to be a death omen. Never pull out grey hairs, for one will be replaced by ten. It has often been believed that a sudden fright can turn hair white.

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3. Death

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.

Light candles on the night after November 1. One for each deceased relative should be placed in the window in the room where death occurred.

You must hold your breath while going past a cemetery or you will breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died.

If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family. You will have bad luck if you do not stop the clock in the room where someone dies.

If a woman is buried in black, she will return to haunt the family. If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him. Mirrors in a house with a corpse should be covered or the person who sees himself will die next.

Dogs howling in the dark of night, Howl for death before daylight.

If you dream of death it's a sign of a birth, if you dream of birth, it's a sign of death. If you touch a loved one who has died, you won't have dreams about them

A person who dies on Good Friday will go right to heaven. A person who dies at midnight on Christmas Eve will go straight to heaven because the gates of heaven are open at that time. All windows should be opened at the moment of death so that the soul can leave. The soul of a dying person can't escape the body and go to heaven if any locks are locked in the house.

If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family. If a dead person's eyes are left open, he'll find someone to take with him.

Funerals on Friday portend another death in the family during the year. It's bad luck to count the cars in a funeral cortege. It's bad luck to meet a funeral procession head on. Thunder following a funeral means that the dead person's soul has reached heaven. Nothing new should be worn to a funeral, especially new shoes. Pointing at a funeral procession will cause you to die within the month Pregnant women should not attend funerals.

If the person buried lived a good life, flowers will grow on the grave. If the person was evil, weeds will grow.

If a mirror in the house falls and breaks by itself, someone in the house will die soon.

A white moth inside the house or trying to enter the house means death.

If 3 people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.

If 13 people sit down at a table to eat, one of them will die before the year is over.

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.


4. Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is good for the soul (and the odd cold too!)

The trouble with old wives’ tales and urban health myths? There’s a ton of conflicting research - so even though we last week suggested that this was a myth, there is actually a grain of truth to the old saying! According to a study published in the journal Chest, chicken soup can help mitigate the inflammatory response associated with colds and other upper-respiratory infections. Under further examination, the researchers determined that the vegetables and chicken included in the soup each individually had inhibitory activity, although they note that the potency of the effects determined very much on how the soup was made, with commercial soups differing the most in their inhibitory activity.

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5. Medical Myths and Wives' Tales

Here are fifteen old wivestales about medical beliefs

Most educated nurse practitioners would disagree and have a good laugh about most of these today.

By Diane Griffith, HealthAtoZ writer

1. "Don't cross your eyes - they'll get stuck that way!" Remember hearing that as a child? You probably figured out on your own - when your eyes didn't stay crossed - that it wasn't true. Some old wives' tales, though, aren't as easy to debunk, since they are repeated so often and believed by so many. Ask yourself these true-false questions to see if you can separate medical fact from medical myth.

2. You can catch poison ivy from someone who has it.
False. The only way to get the rash is from contact with the oil (urushiol) of the poison ivy plant. As long as urushiol has been washed off, you can't catch poison ivy from exposure to the rash.

3. Reading in dim light or sitting too close to the TV damages your eyes.
False. You can't damage your eyes by using them, unless you stare into the sun.

4. Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.
False. The skin around hair and nails retracts after death, giving them the illusion of growth.

5. Shaving your hair causes it to grow back darker, coarser and faster.
False. If this were true, all men who shave would have dark, coarse beards.

6. Swallowed gum is harmful to the digestive system.
False. Swallowing gum really presents no danger. Contrary to what we've all heard, it doesn't remain in our stomachs for seven years. Gum passes swiftly through the digestive system, but because of the body's inability to break it down, exits the body looking pretty much the same as when it entered.

7. Knuckle-cracking causes arthritis.
False. No evidence exists that this is true.

8. Drinking warm milk makes you sleepy.
True. Milk contains tryptophan, a chemical that induces sleep.

9. You can get the flu from the flu shot.
False. The vaccine is made up of inactive organisms that cannot cause the flu.

10. We use only 10 percent of our brains.
False. Scans of the brain reveal 100 percent activity. In the course of a day, every part of the brain is used.

11. It's easier for a couple to conceive if the man wears boxer shorts instead of briefs.
False. Underwear type doesn't affect fertility.

12. Eating turkey causes drowsiness.
True. Turkey does contain tryptophan, which can make you sleepy especially when eaten on an empty stomach.

13. You should wait one hour after eating before swimming.
False. As long as you aren't uncomfortably bloated, there's no need to wait.

14. Teething causes fever, runny nose and diarrhea.
False. These symptoms may happen during teething, but aren't caused by it. (But, you still need to talk to your doctor about your baby's symptoms even if they are teething.)

15. Before modern pregnancy tests, if a rabbit injected with a woman's urine died, the woman was pregnant.
False. The rabbit died whether or not there was a pregnancy. It was killed so its ovaries could be examined. Certain changes meant the woman was pregnant.

13. And a few more.

If your nose is itching, someone is talking about you.

If your hand is itching, that means you are about to get money.

If an Atkins diet won't work, your only solution is a Medifast Diet.

A cat will steal your baby’s breath if you let them near a newborn.

If you cross your eyes, they will get stuck.

If you hold a aspirin between your legs you wont get pregnant.

If you keep making an ugly face its going to stay that way.

Touching a toad will give you warts.

Drinking coffee will stunt your growth.

For African-Americans, drinking black coffee will make you darker.

Eating bread crust would make your hair curly

If a woman’s carrying low, it’s a boy; if she’s carrying high, it’s a girl.

A bat in the house is a sign of a death.

When you see a funeral procession go by, you have to make the sign of the cross or someone in your family will be next.

A dog howling at night when someone in the house is sick is a bad sign

Step on a crack will break your mothers back.

Knock on wood so you don’t jinx youself.

If it rains on your wedding day, you'll cry plenty of tears throughout your marriage.

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