Old Wives' Tales

  White bullet A wild bird flying into one's house portends ill luck, possibly even death.

  Red bullet Chewing gum takes seven years to pass through the human digestive system.

  White bullet Custom allows marriage-minded gals to propose to their boyfriends on February 29.

  White bullet Friday the 13th is a day fraught with peril.*

  Red bullet Hair grows back darker or thicker after it has been shaved.

  Red bullet Those who go swimming less than one hour after eating will be taken by a cramp and drown.

  White bullet Even in the most crowded of rooms, an inexplicable silence will invariably strike conversationalists at twenty past the hour.

  Red bullet Home remedies to repel mosquitoes are effective ways to defend yourself from West Nile Virus.

  Red bullet An effective cure for warts is to have someone "buy" them from you.

  Yellow bullet A bar of soap between the bedsheets will prevent leg cramps.

  White bullet A compendium of menstrual superstitions.*

  Red bullet Cut flowers and potted plants suck the oxygen from sickrooms.

  Red bullet A good way to remove an embedded tick is to swab liquid soap on it.

  Red bullet Earthquakes are most likely to happen when the weather is hot and dry.

  Red bullet Storing batteries in a refrigerator or freezer will improve their performance.
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