Old wives’ tales: which ones did you believe as a kid and still use?

We have all been victims of an old wives’ tale or two. These tales were spun by parents and the other kids on the playground and were widely accepted as fact.

And let’s face it, many of us have continued to pass these on from generation to generation as a way of getting our kids or grandkids to eat vegetables or away from the TV screens.

Here are the top five old wives’ tales shared with us by our readers:

  1. Hands up if you were told to wait 30 minutes after eating before you went swimming. Many a bored child could be seen waiting on the side of the pool before being given the go-ahead to enter the water again after chips and a slush puppy.
  2. If you don’t eat your crusts, you won’t get curly hair. You may not have wanted curly hair, but this was a threat that was heard in many households as parents did not want you to be wasteful.
  3. Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyes. Another widely false claim that was put out by parents with best interests at heart.
  4. And on the flip side of that, we were told, eating carrots will improve your eyes and help you see in the dark. This old wives’ tale actually dates back to the British Royal Air Force during World War II. Pilots used radar to shoot down enemy planes for the first time but spread a rumor that eating more carrots gave them better eyesight to fool the Allied forces.
  5. How many times do you remember being told: If you pull a strange face and the wind changes, you’ll be stuck that way! A total¬†lie of course but a great way to stop a sulk on the school run.

Do you have any others you or your parents used? We would love to hear them. Leave your top old wives’ tales in the comments below.



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