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  • Myth/Truth/Things you were told that were or mighgt be a bit true
  • WorldClassAccident
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    So People were told that flowering nettles didn’t sting but they do. It is a particular type of nettle which happens to flower with pretty white or pink flowers that doesn’t sting. As a side note, if you carefully pluck the flowers from dead nettles , not normal nettles, and dab the based on your there will be a little sweet nectar which tastes lovely.

    I will pass on my paternal grandmothers pearl of wisdom. Girls can only get pregnant when gorse is in bloom.

    argee
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    Swans are responsible for 47% of broken arms for those under 16

    WorldClassAccident
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    If you truely love each other then you can have a baby in five months – Maternal Grandmothers excuse for the mis-written date* on Mums birth certificate.

    *mums excuse for the same

    Northwind
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    argee
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    Swans are responsible for 47% of broken arms for those under 16

    We had mental swans at my last work, people’d often comment on broken arms and I’d say that actually, there’s not a single verified case of a swan breaking a human’s arm. But, there’s at least one confirmed murder.

    scaredypants
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    Crows, surely ?

    oldenough
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    Swans are responsible for 47% of broken arms for those under 16

    In my youth (I’m over 60)having a birds egg collection was almost obligatory. The holy grail was a swans egg. Nobody I knew ever had the bottle to try and take one, everybody very much believed in the above 😬

    theotherjonv
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    as every Mum knows, going out when it’s damp without a coat and scarf will lead to you ‘catching your death of cold’

    And from my publican Nan; beer then cider, that’s a rider. Cider then beer, makes you queer.

    jimw
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    73.6% of statistics are made up on the spot

    dangeourbrain
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    That all men should be blind by their early to mid teens.

    If the wind changes your face will stay like that

    FB-ATB
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    If you truely love each other then you can have a baby in five months

    Or 3.5 months in my parents case!

    They just fibbed about their year of marriage when we were kids.

    sirromj
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    You’d laugh to see a pudding crawl. Yes I probably would, but I’ve never seen a pudding crawl. But what kind of pudding would crawl? Leads to some disturbing thoughts… A live hamster and apple crumble, or live baby vanilla sponge pudding. I don’t know now.

    Ambrose
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    On holiday in Greece I met a woman called Leda. She reckonned that 83.974% of swans could make a person pregnant 47.938% of the time. True story.

    Actually, not a true story at all.

    dyna-ti
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    From the mid 90’s…

    Running a triple clamp fork on a hardtail will cause the headtube to break off and you’ll die.

    thols2
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    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This does actually have a scientific basis, animals lose neural plasticity when they mature. Human adults retain some neural plasticity and are much better at learning than adult animals.

    Laughter is the best medicine: Nope, tried it, drugs are the best medicine.
    Sunlight is the best disinfectant: Nope, tried that too, disinfectant is much better.
    The pen is mightier than the sword: Haven’t tried this one but I’m pretty sure that swords are better if you want to stab someone.

    Running a triple clamp fork on a hardtail will cause the headtube to break off and you’ll die.

    I’ve seen it happen, although he didn’t die, he just limped a bit.

    willard
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    I have actually met a person that had their arm broken by a swan. She was from Dublin and I’m not sure I can remember seeing swans when I visited there, so only have her word that it was a swan that did the breaking.

    My grandmother, also Irish, was constantly telling us that we should wrap up warm or we would “catch the pip”. I think she meant a cold, but “the pip” is apparently some sort of STI, so lord knows what she was thinking. She did come from a small village though, so it could have meant something different to her.

    lister
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    If you swallow chewing gum then it will stick inside your stomach and an apple tree will grow out of your mouth.

    Or something like that.

    I once slipped on a banana skin!

    fasthaggis
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    Or..Don’t swallow chewing gum, it’s made from mouse tails and stays in your stomach…for evvaaaa.

    monkeysfeet
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    Sitting on a cold step will give you piles.
    Or just a numb bum.

    matt_outandabout
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    Don’t pull a face, one day the wind will change and you will look like that.

    Grandma_oab, circa 1985.

    maccruiskeen
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    You’d laugh to see a pudding crawl. Yes I probably would, but I’ve never seen a pudding crawl. But what kind of pudding would crawl?

    “You would laugh to see a pudding crawl…” Spock read aloud, an eyebrow almost rocketing off his face. “…a fascinating image.”

    Kirk gave him a weird look. “I never thought I’d say this, but that’s one of the only phrases I haven’t heard Bones say.”

    “That is hardly surprising, Jim, as it originates in Britain.”

    I think by a very convoluted route the ‘crawl’ was originally ‘creep’ and a meaning of ‘creep’ was ‘go to waste’.

    I grant that Rainbowes being lull’d asleep,
    Snort like a woodknife in a Lady’s eyes;
    Which makes her grieve to see a pudding creep,
    For Creeping puddings only please the wise.

    Seeing a pudding creep is something that would normally be upsetting  so saying that someone would laugh at something good going to waste isnt painting them in a very flattering light.

    thols2
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    I’m gonna hazard a guess that this is good advice.

    J-R
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    If you swallow chewing gum then it will stick inside your stomach

    We were told it would stick to your heart and stop it beating. Which worried me as a 7 year old because I’d swallowed some the previous day and was worried about how many days I had left.

    The pen is mightier than the sword: Haven’t tried this one but I’m pretty sure that swords are better if you want to stab someone.

    Never bring a pen to a sword fight.

    WorldClassAccident
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    We were told it would stick to your heart and stop it beating. Which worried me as a 7 year old because I’d swallowed some the previous day and was worried about how many days I had left.[/

    I would be more worried about the route it took to get from throat to heart!

    Sitting on cold concrete will give you piles.

    WorldClassAccident
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    Just remembered a couple from school

    Girls can’t get pregnant if they ‘do it’ standing up.
    Girls can’t get pregnant by boys in the swimming club” because of the chlorine

    *This was probably spread by boys in the swimming club

    Flaperon
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    The chewing gum one is interesting. I don’t know anyone who actually chews it up and swallows it.

    thols2
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    I don’t know anyone who actually chews it up and swallows it.

    I do. I’ve busted my face up several times and my jaw and teeth ache unless I chew gum constantly. I usually just swallow it. One time I went to the dentist and forgot that I was chewing gum. She obviously didn’t want to work with a piece of gum in my mouth so I just swallowed it in front of her. She was appalled and told me the old wives’ tale about it being indigestible and collecting in your stomach. Made me wonder where she got her licence from if she doesn’t understand how a digestive system functions.

    csb
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    Saying p******* will result in you getting one.

    csb
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    Killing a wasp will cause other wasps to attack you.

    desperatebicycle
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    Was reminded of this the other day – In the 70s I had long 70s hair. One evening an older friend of ours told us to keep away from bats as they will fly down and get stuck in your hair. I believed this, unquestioning. Only recently reconsidered that he might’ve just been trying to freak us out! Echo-location would be a bit crap if they flew into people’s heads on a regular basis!

    kayak23
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    If you swallow apple pips a tree will start growing inside your stomach.
    Why do adults tell you this stuff? Terrifying 😂

    I used to go to this tall old building in the village on Sundays and the people in there used to go on about some bloke that was supposed to live in the sky. They reckoned that he made everything and would get you and put you in fire underground if you were bad.
    I know right!?
    Ridiculous. 🙄

    Cougar
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    Killing a wasp will cause other wasps to attack you.

    Is this not true? An attacked wasp releases pheromones which summon reinforcements, so you shouldn’t fap at them in a panic. No?

    Cougar
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    🤣 Obviously that should say ‘flap’. I could edit the typo but…

    kayak23
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    Well, we’ve all done it.

    creakingdoor
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    Santa.
    As a kid it just seemed normal that some strange old bloke was going to come down the chimney (we had a Baxi Bermuda gas fire so how was that going to work?) and then head upstairs into my bedroom while everyone else was asleep. What’s not freaky about that?!
    Wind forward several years, once my daughter was old enough to understand the concept she completely freaked about the whole idea and was terrified at the thought of it.
    Why do we do this to our kids (see comments above about religion, swallowing gum etc). Psychological terror!

    thols2
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    once my daughter was old enough to understand the concept she completely freaked about the whole idea and was terrified at the thought of it.

    My daughter asked how Santa knows if kids have been good or bad so I told her that elves are always watching, but they’re really good at hiding and it’s really hard to find them. She really freaked out, “Are they watching me now?”

    csb
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    Is this not true?

    Possibly, an per the thread title

    gecko76
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    Was it someone on here was told the big gasometer in town contained Ribena? And only found out years later when he asked his dad to pick him up next to the Ribena tank.

    scruff9252
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    Was it someone on here was told the big gasometer in town contained Ribena? And only found out years later when he asked his dad to pick him up next to the Ribena tank.

    That is brilliant!

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