How many of you grew up believing that if you go out with wet hair you will get sick or that you should wait at least an hour after eating before you go for a swim?
We were all so gullible when we were young. We just believed everything our elders told us, even if they didn't bother to explain why.
While a lot of what they used to tell us have been proven to be true, there are also a lot that are false.
In fact, if you really think about it, some of the superstitions and myths don't even make sense at all.
Here are 10 old wives' tales that we believed but turned out to be false:
1. Feed a cold, starve a fever
This one stems from the belief that by eating more when you have a cold your body will generate warmth, and by eating less when you have a fever, your body will cool down.
Of course, this isn't true. Medical experts say you should always eat a balanced meal when you're sick, and drink a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration.
2. Pee on a jellyfish sting
Back in the day, it wasn't uncommon to hear someone suggest putting urine on a jellyfish sting to relieve the pain. Well, this is a big no-no.
Peeing on the injury will only worsen the pain by making the stingers release more venom. Even using water to wash the sting will do more harm than good. According to several studies, the best thing you can do is apply vinegar to the affected area as it will deactivate the venom.
3. Eat a watermelon seed and the fruit will grow in your stomach
Once as a young girl, I made the mistake of eating a watermelon seed, then spent the rest of the day crying because I so convinced that a giant watermelon would grow in my belly.
I'm still traumatized, so I now only eat seedless watermelons, and still give my parents grief for letting me believe this insane myth, even though I'm sure they knew it was not true...maybe?
First of all, like all plants, watermelons need oxygen to grow, and the gas can't be found in your stomach. Secondly, the seeds take between three and five days to germinate, which means that by the time they're ready to start growing, they've already left your system. Phew!
4. Wait an hour before you go swimming
This one was universally accepted by all because it made sense that you could cramp up and drown if you swim on a full stomach, but like all the others on this list, it's just a myth.
Sure, it can be uncomfortable to swim right after you eat, but it won't kill you. The digestive process does divert blood away from the muscles, but it shouldn't affect your ability to swim.
5. If your right palm is itchy, you'll come across money
I must admit that to this day whenever my palm starts to itch, a part of me secretly hopes that I will be getting some money.
Of course, if that ever happened it would be nothing more than a coincidence because this is just another superstition that is believed to have originated from a German tribe known as the Saxons.
They believed that if you rub diseased hands on silver it will cure them. Eventually, different cultures came up with their own variations of the myth. Also, "itchy palms" is an idiom for greed or a desire for money.