Old Wives’ Tales

Original caption: Not faked. I was trying to t...

Original caption: Not faked. I was trying to take a hankie photo cos I have a cold and sneezed! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Old Wives’ Tales are common beliefs that belong to traditional folklore and which have not been proven to be true. They have been passed on by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Can you tell whether one of these beliefs are true or  simply a myth?

Have a go with the following assumptions. Decide whether they are true or not.

  • Going out in the cold with a wet head will make you sick.
  • Vikings wore horned helmets.
  • Sugar makes kids go bonkers.
  • You lose most of your body heat through your head.
  • You will get arthritis from cracking your knuckles
  • Napoleon was short
  • You have to stretch before exercise
  • Cholesterol in eggs is bad for the heart
  • Dogs age at seven years per one human year
  • George Washington had wooden teeth

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