Every geographic area has proverbs or ‘old wives tales’ to help remind people when to do or not do things. The Farmer’s Almanac is an excellent source to find these. Most of them seem pretty far out, but many people still follow them, and a few are actually true. A blogger I follow, Jack, posted some he found and I had to dive into more!
Weather and seasons make up a huge number of tales. I love crickets and often keep one in my house during the summer when I am in the states (the Lower 48, or the rest of the US). Crickets not only bring good luck, but you can do a ridiculous amount of math to find out the temperature of where the cricket is. This works in both C and F. I must admit, I tend to look at the thermometer. Those adorable wooly bears do have some correlation to the winter, usually the one preceding the find of the caterpillar and not the one arriving.
Sex is another giant arsenal of crazy ideas, what a surprise! In addition to the ones mentioned in the video, the type of underclothing a man wears does not necessarily mean conception will occur. Boxers or briefs or commando is a choice, conception is a chance. However, if the man does tend to prefer warm baths, it is probably likely his sperm count will be low. Sperm don’t survive well in heated temps.
In times past, it was also the believed that a person who took a man’s genitals in their mouth would lose their teeth. YIKES!
Then, there are all those cute ones we were told as kids. Eating bread crusts does not encourage the growth of curls. Coffee will not inhibit growth. Drinking warm milk does make you sleepy, swallowed chewing gum will not remain in your stomach for 7 years, and all those seeds you may have inadvertently ingested? You won’t end up with trees or watermelons growing in your tummy. You can freeze your hair if you go outside in cold temps, you probably will not catch cold from it. Although, if you do get sick, chicken soup is good for you.
Alaska has some I’ve grown up with, many of those revolve around a plant we call fire weed. It is thought you can measure the amount of the next season’s snow by how tall the fire weed is. (Last summer the plant was really tall and we got a pretty good dumping of snow. This summer, the fire weed is between 3-barely 6 feet, and most of that on the shorter end of the stalk). When fire weed starts to bloom, the fish start coming in and when the last blooms fade, the main season is about over. When the fire weed tops (goes to seed), winter is 6 weeks away (or first frosts). Termination dust is what Alaskans call the first dusting of snow on the mountains and it means summer is just about over. Northern lights are often thought to be spirits of dead/hunted animals or spirits of the dead crossing over to the other side. The superstition that if a bear chases a woman and she bares her breasts, the bear will leave her alone is parallel to this proverb, if you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance!
Old beliefs are great fun, heeding them is entirely up to you.