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Old Wives Tales that are Mainly Myths
You’ve heard these old wives tales a million times Which are true - which are not
If you swallow your gum, it passes out as waste within 24 to 48 hours just like everything else you eat. Parents who didn't want their kids swallowing gum probably started this myth.
Cracking Your Knuckles Makes Them Big
John U. Klippel, MD of the Arthritis Foundation says there is no evidence that cracking your knuckles will make them bigger or give you arthritis in your joints later in life.
No. According to WebMD, sitting too close won't hurt your eyes but might give you a headache. And no, you won't ruin your eyes by reading in dim light either.
I always believed adults made this up so they could take a nap after lunch. Whatever the reason, there isn't any truth to this myth. Although you might feel tired after lunch and more blood does go to your stomach to digest your food, you don't have to worry about cramping. Your body can easily carry on more than one function at a time.
Colds spread by viruses and going out in the cold with wet hair doesn't increase the likelihood of you getting a virus.
Old wives tales about pregnancy have been around forever. This is one of the newer ones but still a myth just the same. Supposedly, there is something in a pregnant woman's urine that, when mixed with Drano, can predict the sex of an unborn baby. Not only is this not true, but it's dangerous to mix urine and Drano. It's much better to wait for the ultrasound results or take an over-the-counter gender predictor test.
Follow the 5-Second Rule for Food Dropped on Floors
Not only is it unsafe to follow the 5-second rule for food dropped on floors, it's better that you don't eat any food dropped on the floor - period. You walk on the floor. Your pets walk on the floor. Both you and your pets track all kinds of germs in from outdoors and other places you visit during the day. Play it safe and don't eat anything that has fallen on the floor.
Babies feet develop better if they are left barefoot and free. Shoes confine the baby's feet and prevent muscles from developing properly. Let your baby go without shoes as long as possible to let those muscles grow and explore with their feet.