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Old Wives' Tales Fact or Folklore? 100 Popular Myths Revealed and Explained

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Does a full moon cause people to act strangely? Is it true that opposites attract? Can it really be the case that no two snowflakes are exactly alike?

Since time immemorial, old wives the world over have told us how to improve our looks, our health, and our fortunes while avoiding the unlucky, the unpleasant, or the downright dangerous. Old Wives’ Tales: Fact or Folklore? i

Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Metro Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dec 28, 2011 Mayda rated it it was amazing
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If you have ever wondered if you will catch a cold if you go out with wet hair, if chocolate and wine are good (or bad) for you, if your dog’s mouth really has fewer germs than your own, or if opposites attract, look no further than this book. All these and many other myths are explored and declared to be fact or folklore. Even more than just revealing the truth, Thomas Craughwell gives you a short history lesson recounting the backgrounds of each of the old wives’ tales, which will make you a p ...more
Jan 31, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Funny. Amusing. Charming. Brilliant. Fun.

This little book is not only informative, exploring the truths (or untruths) of old wives' tales, but it is also vastly entertaining. Many entries include interesting facts connected to the tale in question, and often, entries will trace the superstition, object, or pattern as it has occurred throughout history. This book has changed the way I look at some everyday objects and has made me think twice about some expressions.
Maria (Ri)
There were several interesting wives tales, both true and untrue. I was particularly fascinated by the info on lightning as a friend of mine was struck once and it changed him quite a lot in personality - he became much more accepting of others and connected to the spiritual world. A few of the explanations didn't seem to make sense - eating celery burns more calories to digest it than are actually in it. The author says not true, that "eating celery burns only the same number of calories as sit ...more
Dec 02, 2014 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of myth busting type facts. Some I knew already, some I didn't. Enjoyed the book, overall, but was a bit disappointed with the glaring mistake made in the part about the French guillotine.
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Sep 19, 2013 Faith Justice rated it liked it
A fun light read for this type of book (100 popular myths revealed and explained).
Oct 15, 2009 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Won't this be fun for Flower Club?
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