Old Wives Tales

Which ones do you know?

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PloddingOn    pirate
13/06/2011 at 15:12

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.

'Trust not the man whose eyebrows meet, for in his heart you'll find deceit.'

Anymore?

Edited: 13/06/2011 at 15:22
13/06/2011 at 15:17
My Oma used to say she could tell how full we were by squeezing the tip of our little finger.
Edited: 13/06/2011 at 15:24
13/06/2011 at 15:21

If you had a sore spot on your tongue, my Grandma used to say it was because you'd told a lie.

13/06/2011 at 15:22

You can tell when a pineapple is ripe because the leaves on at the top of the fruit will come away easily when pulled.

Only found out this was a myth at the weekend.

If you pull a face and the wind changes direction your face will get stuck like that.

13/06/2011 at 15:23
"Stop doing that or you will go blind"
13/06/2011 at 15:36
FerrousFerret wrote (see)

You can tell when a pineapple is ripe because the leaves on at the top of the fruit will come away easily when pulled.

Only found out this was a myth at the weekend.


Are you sure that one isn't true? We use it when picking out pineapples & it seems to work!

If your ears are burning, it means someone is talking about you.

yeo
13/06/2011 at 15:41

I thought it made you deaf, BDB?

If you unwind a swiss roll before you eat it, it will coil up again in your tum and give you tummy ache

PloddingOn    pirate
13/06/2011 at 15:43

yeo - really?!!!!

If you swallow gum, it will bloke up your throat

13/06/2011 at 15:45

I was browsing a cook book by Russ Burdon(sp? Southern hemisphere cook, was on Ready Steady Cook at lot) who suggested it was not true.

Wikihow http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-when-a-Pineapple-Is-Ready-to-Eat also dismisses it.

13/06/2011 at 15:46
I heard (& believed for a long time when I was little), if you swallowed gum it would wrap round your heart & kill you. I also heard that if you swallowed hair it would do the same.
13/06/2011 at 16:17
Carrots will help you see in the dark- Nobody can see in the dark
13/06/2011 at 16:23
k8greene wrote (see)
I heard (& believed for a long time when I was little), if you swallowed gum it would wrap round your heart & kill you. I also heard that if you swallowed hair it would do the same.

Don't go down chewing?
13/06/2011 at 16:23

If you swallow an apple pip, an apple tree will grow inside you.


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