While a couple people looked at me like I was crazy, one person knew what I was referring to when I explained about my palm itching. An old wives tale...
I heard so many while growing up. Our conversation then turned to the tales we've heard. We are all from different backgrounds, lived in different states as kids and it was interesting and fun to hear the different tales we've heard from our parents. We laughed alot at some of the tales we were sharing...
Drop a spoon off the table and you'll have a visitor
If you Knock over the salt shaker, you have to throw some salt over your left shoulder to ward off bad luck
If your Right palm itches, you'll have a visitor
If your Left palm itches, you'll receive money
If your nose itches, you'll get into a fight
When you hear ringing in your ear, someone is talking about you
What is a Wives Tale?
An old wives tale is said to be much like an urban legend. These tales are generally passed down from generation to generation. Such 'tales' usually consist of superstition, folklore or unverified claims with exaggerated and/or untrue details.
Most old wives' tales are false and are used to discourage unwanted behavior, usually in children.
Here are some tales from Wikipedia that parents might have used on their children. Have you heard any of these?
Habitual knuckle-cracking causes arthritis. False.
Eating faster will make you fat. False
Chewing gum, if swallowed, remains inside your body for seven years. False. Chewing gum is excreted like any other undigested piece of food or stray object swallowed
If you make a face and the wind changes direction, your face will stay that way. False
If you touch a toad, you'll get warts. False
If you have a stye, you must have read or watched pornographic materials. False.
If you sneeze with your eyelids open, your eyes will pop out of their sockets. False
I have to admit, as silly as some of those are, my mom used a few of them on me.
While the subject of wives tales can be superstitious to some, others believe a few they've heard. Coincidence or not, I do really get money after my palm itches!
Well, this subject made us laugh and brought back some memories of our parents and growing up as a child. I hope you experienced the same.
Why don't you share some old wives tales you've heard while growing up. Please leave a comment...