Old wives' tales are just that: tall tales—right? In reality, a lot of these old adages have some truth to them, so you should think twice before you shake off your dear old grandmother's advice. Meanwhile, some tales that are commonly accepted as fact have absolutely no basis in reality. Then there are still others that scientists, researchers and "old wives" continue to fervently debate on the internet—thus, we may never know.
Before the internet, though, and even before the advent of print, many people turned to folklore and superstition for everything from life's biggest mysteries to how to cure a cold. Without extensive research, there was no way to prove whether coffee stunts your growth or toads really cause warts. These days, the research is fairly conclusive on a number of these widely-circulated beliefs. Yet, the old myths prevail.
Do you think you know better than the old wives of the world? Do you really need to dry your hair before you head outside? Mom, do you have to wait 30 minutes after eating to dive in the pool? And will your face really get stuck like that? Take the following quiz to find out whether these sayings are fact or fiction, once and for all.