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Old Wives Tales: Fact or Folklore? Thomas J. Craughwell

Old Wives Tales: Fact or Folklore?

Thomas J. Craughwell

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ISBN : 9781459726734
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160 pages
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Does a full moon cause people to act strangely? Is it true that opposites attract? Can it really be the case that no two snowflakes are exactly alike?Since time immemorial, old wives the world over have told us how to improve our looks, our health,MoreDoes a full moon cause people to act strangely? Is it true that opposites attract? Can it really be the case that no two snowflakes are exactly alike?Since time immemorial, old wives the world over have told us how to improve our looks, our health, and our fortunes while avoiding the unlucky, the unpleasant, or the downright dangerous. Old Wives’ Tales: Fact or Folklore? indentifies which superstitions and sayings are worth following and which are best ignored.Author Thomas Craughwell also unveils the fascinating history behind the tales. Did you know that the tradition of carrying a new bride across the threshold dates back to ancient Rome? Or that the habit of knocking on wood for good luck can be traced back to a Celtic belief in tree spirits?From medical advice about eating before swimming, to the truth behind the mass suicides of lemmings, Old Wives’ Tales: Fact or Folklore? uncovers the merits or myths of 100 old wives’ tales in this entertaining and informative guide to being healthy, wealthy, and wise.