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Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 09:16:22

Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever gone out with damp hair after always thinking that if you go out in the cold with wet hair you’ll catch the flu/pneumonia. What old wives tales have you believed in?

Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 09:16:40

Old wives tales!

Meralia Fri 18-Jan-19 09:47:01

Eating cheese before bed can cause nightmares.

toriatoriatoria Fri 18-Jan-19 09:54:27

Waiting an hour after eating before going swimming.

VictoriaBun Fri 18-Jan-19 09:59:04

My mum's were - it's bad luck to put a pair of new shoes on the table, also don't walk under a ladder I might still be doing this

babycatcher411 Fri 18-Jan-19 09:59:17

‘Oh that bump is so low, you’ve got to be carrying a girl’

ChampooPapi Fri 18-Jan-19 10:03:15

Putting butter or oil on a burn! and then adding flour.

This was actually one going round in the late 60s when my mother was nursing and it essentially bakes the skin.

Really dangerous old wife tale especially when regarding infants

Ginkythefangedhellpigofdoom Fri 18-Jan-19 10:03:56

The ladder, the shoes.

It's bad luck to gift someone a purse without putting a little money in it. 20p or something normally does.

A rowan tree next to the gate protects the property from the bad things like witches and the like (I don't have a rowen tree)

HowlsMovingBungalow Fri 18-Jan-19 10:06:12

Saluting magpies. DP is always doing it.

I do the new shoe thing - never put them on a table or work surface.

FruminousBandersnatch Fri 18-Jan-19 10:08:06

Vinegar can be used instead of sunscreen.

Whyislarryhappy Fri 18-Jan-19 10:09:37

Wee gets rid of warts and veruccas - apparently this worked for someone I know!

HappydaysArehere Fri 18-Jan-19 10:09:38

Never give someone something sharp so they must give you a penny for it.

EwItsAHooman Fri 18-Jan-19 10:13:42

Vinegar can be used instead of sunscreen

I heard a variation on this one, vinegar rubbed into sunburn to take the sting out.

kalinkafoxtrot45 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:15:11

Kill a spider and it’ll rain.

bakebakebake Fri 18-Jan-19 10:25:12

It's bad luck to cross on the stairs.

My 6 year old won't even cross the cat on the stairs just incase haha.

Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:36:26

Bloody hell you’d smell like a bag of fish and chips hahaha!!

Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:37:54

You’ll be in agony but throw some eggs in there and you’ve got yourself a nice Victoria sponge lol!

Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:38:38

Never heard that one before.

ChairmanMiaow123 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:43:08

If my nan ever dropped cutlery, she’d always say ‘Knife on the floor. Man at the door’.

Nope...not the foggiest! confused

snowie01 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:46:35

Every time I see and ambulance I say and do the actions "touch my collar touch my knee thank god it wasn't me" hmm my mums fault

ChairmanMiaow123 Fri 18-Jan-19 10:47:00

I always salute a single magpie, Howls. So many of these things are ingrained in me from my parents.

My husband always laughs at me for some of the daft things i do, cos he’d never even heard of some of them.
Maybe it’s an East End, thing...i dunno.

CantWaitToRetire Fri 18-Jan-19 10:47:38

Don't put new shoes on the table
Walking under a ladder (though I think that one is common sense)
Rubbing a gold wedding ring on a sty on the eye to get rid of it
Don't open an umbrella indoors
Swinging a wedding ring over a baby bump to tell the sex
Pull out a grey hair and two will grow in its place
Spilling salt brings bad luck
Breaking a mirror brings 7 years bad luck
Bad luck comes in threes

These are all ones my DM used to come out with grin

CantWaitToRetire Fri 18-Jan-19 10:48:44

DM also used to say "new house, new baby". I think she was desperate for a DGC when we moved house, but it was another 4 years before we obliged!

BloodyDisgrace Fri 18-Jan-19 11:07:27

That's exactly how I'd get a cold: wet hair and going out, so I stopped even going for a swim in winter because getting out after all that warm air from a hair dryer and int the cold used to give me a cold. And cold sores as well. Never flu or pneumonia though.

It must have something to do with getting cold quickly if you have wet hair and, when you are cold, you are more likely to be affected by the germs around. So no, I don't think this one is old wife tale.

Alfiesmom74 Fri 18-Jan-19 11:14:46

It makes sense doesn’t it so I couldn’t believe it when everybody laughed at the suggestion.

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