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Superstition is a credulous belief or notion, not based on reason, knowledge, or experience. The word is often used pejoratively to refer to folk beliefs deemed irrational. This leads to some superstitions being called "old wives' tales". It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy and spiritual beings, particularly irrational belief that future events can be influenced or foretold by specific unrelated prior events.

Superstitious in nature, old wives' tales like these get passed down through generations of family and friends, sometimes becoming so rooted that nobody questions their validity. These legends, which often concern health and nutrition, vary from completely absurd to somewhat plausible. Enjoy and see how many you recall. If you know anymore let me know through the guestbook or on our Facebook Page.

  • If you have long hair and put your hair behind your ears, it would cause your ears to forever stick out. [submitted by Beth Schafer, St. Louis] 
  • In the cold of winter, if you sat on the cold concrete you would get pleurisy.[submitted by Beth Schafer, St. Louis]
  • Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident and have to go to the hospital. [submitted by Beth Schafer, St. Louis] 
  • Swimming less than an hour after you eat causes cramps and leads to drowning. 
  • Spicy food causes ulcers. 
  • Gum stays in your intestines for seven years. 
  • Eating chocolate causes bad acne. - In 1969, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that chocolate doesn't worsen acne, and several subsequent studies have backed up that conclusion. 
  • Don't sit too close to the TV or you'll ruin your eyesight! - The myth got its start in the late 1960s, when General Electric sold television sets that emitted levels of radiation as much as 100,000 times more than what federal health experts considered safe. To its credit, GE quickly recalled and repaired its hazardous TVs.These issues are now a thing of past; modern TVs come with proper shielding to block radiation. Nowadays, the only eye problems that televisions cause are strain and fatigue, both of which can be cured by simply resting your eyes 
  • Cows Lie Down When It's About to Rain - How can you accurately predict if it's going to rain? Just check a cow pasture. If all the cows are lying down, a rainstorm is coming or so this old wives' tale claims. 
  • Cats Kill Babies by Sucking Away Their Breath - While a cat could accidentally suffocate a sleeping baby by cozying up too close to its face, experts agree it's highly unlikely a cat would smother an infant on purpose. Reports of cat-caused infant deaths are scarce 
  • Black Cats are bad luck 
  • Placing Soap Under Your Sheets Will Prevent Fidgety Legs - As strange as this tale sounds, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to back it up. Many people posting to online health forums swear by this home remedy, claiming that unwrapped soap bars cured them of their nightly leg cramps. The soapy cure has gained such a following that it was even brought up on the daytime talk show, "The Doctors," where Dr. Jim Sears conducted a Twitter poll and 42 percent of his responders said they've successfully used soap to relieve nighttime leg cramps. However, there is no scientific research that supports this treatment, as Dr. Sears himself found when he reviewed the scientific literature. 
  • Shaving Your Hair Causes It to Grow Back Thicker and Coarser - If you shave your legs, underarms or any other part of your body, it may appear that your hair grows back thicker and coarser. But it doesn't. 
  • Gain a Child, Lose a Tooth - This well-known tale asserts that for every child a woman has, she is bound to lose a tooth, mostly because of how hormonal changes during pregnancy affect oral health. While there may not be a one-to-one ratio between the number of children a woman has and the number of teeth she loses, studies have actually found a link between pregnancy and dental issues. 
  • An acorn at the window will keep lightning out 
  • Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog. 
  • Spit on a new bat before using it for the first time to make it lucky 
  • It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed. 
  • Placing a bed facing north and south brings misfortune. 
  • 13 is unlucky 
  • If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant. 
  • When a bell rings, a new angel has received his wings. 
  • A bird in the house is a sign of a death. 
  • If a clock which has not been working suddenly chimes, there will be a death in the family. 
  • It's good luck to find a four-leaf clover. 
  • It's bad luck to pick up a coin if it's tails side up. Good luck comes if it's heads up. 
  • To drop a comb while you are combing your hair is a sign of a coming disappointment. 
  • Step on a crack Break your mother's back. - Don't step on a crack on a sidewalk or walkway. 
  • A cricket in the house brings good luck. 
  • If your right ear itches, someone is speaking well of you. If your left ear itches, someone is speaking ill of you. 
  • Pulling out a gray or white hair will cause ten more to grow in its place. 
  • Ivy growing on a house protects the inhabitants from witchcraft and evil. 
  • It is bad luck to walk under a ladder. 
  • It is bad luck to kill a ladybug. 
  • If you catch a falling leaf on the first day of autumn you will not catch a cold all winter. 
  • Break a mirror and you will receive 7 years of bad luck. - The mirror was once considered to be divine and supernatural, and breaking the image was thought to violate its divinity. As a result, the breaker would receive bad luck. 
  • Wish upon a star 
  • Knocking on wood. 
  • Bad news comes in threes. - There are a few theories behind this one. One ties to the holy trinity of father, son, and holy ghost or spirit, with the notion that important things (good and bad) come in threes. The second is that three establishes a pattern. Something happening once could be random, twice could just be chance, but three times means something. 
  • A horseshoe hung in the bedroom will keep nightmares away. 
  • Don't open an umbrella on the inside. 

 

 

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