How true are old wives' tales?
Can chicken soup cure a cold? Do carrots help you see in the dark?
Do you think putting butter on a burn will help it heal? Do you avoid going out with wet hair for fear of catching a cold?
Old wives’ tales like these are very popular – 76 per cent of us believe that reading in a dim light will damage our eyes and almost half (49 per cent) avoid swallowing gum for fear it will harm the digestive system.
But a survey by The Information Standard, a scheme supported by the Department of Health, found most of us (78 per cent) agree it’s easy to be misled by this folk wisdom. And almost half (49 per cent) have swallowed an old wives’ tale that turned out to be false ...Full article, Metro, 06/08/12.
A light-hearted but interesting read.
Some are true and some are not. Plenty of examples and surprises in that article.