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Do Blue Bedsheets Bring Babies?: The Truth Behind Old Wives' Tales

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Thomas Craughwell has spent a large portion of his life in the thrall of folklore and apocrypha. Taking a natural step from his urban legend expertise, he examines the "common wisdom" that moms everywhere pass along as truth to see if it is valid or if it should be ignored. Citing legitimate studies and scientific research, Craughwell identifies the useful and helpful, and ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Broadway
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Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Interesting, and I did learn some new wives tales like Polar Bear liver is amoung the most poisonous things you can eat. I do think that some of the "medical" based one like knuckle cracking and chicken soup for flus really are generalized. Meaning that the research they use is based on such small amounts of people and they use that data to say what will or won't work for everyone... is ridiculous! But overall I liked the book.
Todd Van Meter
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting and humorous detailling of various old wives tales, whether they are actually true or false, and why. I'll keep mine for future reference when arguing the truth or fallacy of these old wives tales and superstitions.
Kat High
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Really, really interesting stuff. Sometimes the information was kind of expected... but other times it was jarring because things I learned as a child and never even considered questioning turned out to be false! All around fascinating!
Dana
Oct 22, 2008 rated it liked it
I love these types of books. This such a fun read. And I'm not telling you the answer ...
Diane Dunham
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining ideas that make you say Really?
Haven
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A well-written book on Old Wives tales and whether or not they're true. The author did an excellent job - it's well-researched with an excellent bibliography.
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