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Old Wives Tales

7 Bizarre Superstitions Many Of Us Still Believe

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.12.2014 | Fifty

"Step on a crack, break your mother's back." A silly childhood rhyme -- or an action you try to avoid because, well, you love your mother? Believe it ...

Everything You Know About Gray Hair Is Wrong

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.15.2014 | Fifty

There are two groups of aging people. Those who embrace their grays as a badge of gracefully growing older-- the ones who end up better looking as a r...

9 'Old Wives' Tales' That Are Actually True

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 07.26.2013 | HuffPost Home

We've all heard these household myths before from our moms, grandmothers or know-it-all friends. You know the ones we're talking about. Think: you've ...

8 'Old Wives Tales' That Are Dumb

Dumb As A Blog | David Moye | Posted 10.04.2011 | Weird News

For centuries wives have had the coveted job of nagging their families about all the things they should and shouldn't do. These fussy sayings are lov...

Repair Damaged Artwork Yourself? Maybe Not

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Some people believe that, since oil and water don't mix, one may clean an oil painting with soap and warm water. It sounds like it should be okay, but it's not.

In Defense Of The Old Wives' Tale

The Guardian | Germaine Greer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

'A foolish story, such as is told by garrulous old women' is how the Oxford dictionary defines an old wives' tale. Despite being treated with contempt...