Old Wives' Tales
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Legend: A boy mistakes baby snakes for fishing worms and is fatally bitten by his bait.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 1994]
As for how old this tale is, one of our readers recalls hearing it back in 1957.
The legend gains credence through a popular misconception that snakes are slimy and damp-feeling, and it's another entry in "the world is a dangerous place" collection of folktales that combine unsuspecting youngsters engaged in recreational activities and silent, invisible danger in the form of snakes, with tragic results.
Barbara "baited (last) breath" Mikkelson
Last updated: 16 April 2007
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