Remember these when you were a kid??
When you are young and you have long hair that is in your face, your first instinct is to put it behind your ears. It just seems like an natural reaction. I’ve read up on it and I have not found one website or person that says this is true. Your hair is too soft and it doesn’t stay there permanently to actually push your ears out….nice try mom!!
“Stop cracking your knuckles…it will give you arthritis!”
When I was growing up it seems that young boys love to cracking their knuckles. I’m not sure if they just feel relieved after or if it’s the sound of the crack. My mom use to say if those boys keep doing this, it will cause arthritis. The truth is the “cracking” noise you hear when you crack a knuckle is just a release of gases in the joint. Studies have not found any evidence that cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis.
“If you shave your facial hair, it will come back thicker”
One of the most important times in a young man’s life is the first sight of facial hair growth. A teen can sometimes grow a beard in their early years while others try to catch up to their more-manly brethren. Mommy doesn’t want her little boy to grow up to quickly, and devised the reverse psychology technique of telling you that shaving would make your beard come back fuller. So you shaved constantly and mom had a boy for a little while longer.
Shaving your hair has nothing to do with the growth of new hair. If it did, wouldn’t your balding father would be spending extra time shaving his head? The reasons for thinking this way relates to the thickness of new hair as opposed to the older, thinner hair that you most recently shaved off. In addition, hair is only alive in the scalp, so cutting it off does nothing to affect its growth.
“Don’t go outside with wet hair or you’ll get pneumonia”
When was the last time you saw an adult who was happy that it was cold and snowing outside? The upside of cold weather included snowball fights, Christmas, and missing days from school. The downside? Catching a cold, supposedly. Mom always had us put on multiple layers of clothing. Was mom just being too over protective of her freezing young ones or just a little crazy?
This old wives tale is a rather obvious one to debunk once some simple understanding of how common colds work in the first place. Colds are the result of a simple virus that we get from breathing in from the air. People stay inside more during winter, with all the doors and windows shut. This makes for a drop in fresh air circulation, creating more opportunities for you to breathe in those pesky cold viruses.
While we had a dog or cat growing up, what was even cooler was getting to play with animals that you didn’t see on a regular basis. And when it came to animals in the backyard, finding a frog or toad jumping around was a rare occasion, resulting in chasing it down and giving it the mason jar treatment. Until we learned about the warts.
No, mom, you can’t get warts from playing with a toad. Warts, in fact, are very similar to colds – they are caused from a virus that infects the underlying layers of skin and are passed from one person to another via direct contact. The myth that the toad is responsible probably arises from the wart-like growths that toads have to camouflage them in their environment. Another reason has to do with people who are allergic to certain types of toads, and have developed wart-like rashes.
“Don’t swallow that gum – it will stay in your stomach for seven years!”
When it came time for us to be allowed to chew gum, mother only did so with the strict knowledge that swallowing that gum would hurt our little tummies for years to come. Then came the day when you simply forgot about the Juicy Juice that you were chomping down on one minute and before you know it, down the hatch it went.
Wrong again mom! Accidentally swallowing gum every once and awhile is not going to turn your stomach into Bubble-Yum. Gum is made up of two major components, sugar and a type of plastic. Your body breaks down the sugars and the plastic gum ends up in your stool. There’s really no way gum can “get stuck” inside your belly.
“You’re too young to start drinking coffee – it will stunt your growth.”
When you are a kid, the notion of being grown up seems so cool, which just proves how innocence and stupidity go hand and hand. Every parent started their day off with a nice fresh cup of joe. As you wanted something that made you feel more grown up, mom was there to mention coffee would stunt your growth. Back to coco we went, because being short was like being a kid forever!
Coffee has never been responsible for stunting anyone’s growth. The reason behind the lie used by parents is to deter their teenagers from drinking coffee because of it’s other side effects. Caffeine is the most addictive drug in the world, and mom knows that. Having a lot can create anxious teens with too much energy.
“Wait an hour after eating before getting into the pool or you’ll get cramps and drown!”
Splashing around in the pool was all day affair. Once the hot dogs and hamburgers were gone, it was back to the pool for any unfinished water business.
Then mom warned that if we jumped in the water too soon, it might be our last time. All of a sudden that pool of refreshing water turned into a pool of fire.
During digestion of food, more blood is sent to help in the process, with less left around to tend to our muscles. It is possible to get a cramp if you’re using those muscles more than your body can handle. Drowning because of cramp is just another of mother’s exaggerations.
One if the earliest forms of making fun of your classmates was using your facial expressions. Flashing a tongue, crossing our eyes, pushing our nose up – all of these things either made some unsuspecting friend cry to mommy. That is, until mom caught on and let us know that those crazy faces could end up becoming permanent.
Mom completely lied when she told you that your face could freeze just because you were sticking your tongue out at others. Usually a child with complications or loss of control of facial muscles has these symptoms from conditions they are born with, sadly. Other diseases, such as Parkinson and Huntington’s disease can affect these muscles, but are not developed until later in life.
“You’re going to poke someone’s eye out with that!”
Growing up, whatever resembled a light saber from Star Wars probably at some point got used as a weapon. Whether it was a toy, a broom handle, or even the cardboard from a roll of wrapping paper, Mom would always warn us about “poking someone’s eye out” which either scared us enough to stop or made us swing even harder.
Playing with toy swords and brooms could result in a number of injuries, but probably wouldn’t result in the “poking” of one’s eye out. It is possible that the eye could be severely damaged in the process, but an eyeball flying out of the socket is not going to happen without pulling it out with your fingers.
“If you fall from there you’ll crack your head open!”
Thanks to all the comic books that were read as a child, it’s no shocker that many a young gal or lad were caught climbing trees like Spiderman. Mom of course shouted for you to come down before you “cracked your head open”. The mere thought of your head spilling out its insides like Humpty Dumpty sealed the deal.
It’s probable you could obtain hundred other possible head injuries; everything from a minor concussion to traumatic brain damage could have occurred. However, other than landing on a well placed axe, your chances of breaking your skull open were small.