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Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child

GUEST,Lin 14 Nov 15 - 07:46 PM
Western Trails 14 Nov 15 - 01:28 PM
GUEST,Desi C 14 Nov 15 - 01:03 PM
Steve Shaw 14 Nov 15 - 07:51 AM
GUEST,silver 14 Nov 15 - 06:53 AM
Steve Shaw 14 Nov 15 - 06:41 AM
Uncle_DaveO 13 Nov 15 - 08:32 PM
GUEST,Bizibod 13 Nov 15 - 07:06 PM
Steve Shaw 13 Nov 15 - 05:46 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 13 Nov 15 - 05:23 PM
Anne Lister 13 Nov 15 - 03:39 PM
GUEST,Raggytash 13 Nov 15 - 03:04 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 13 Nov 15 - 02:14 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 13 Nov 15 - 01:36 PM
Mr Red 13 Nov 15 - 01:24 PM
GUEST 13 Nov 15 - 01:08 PM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 13 Nov 15 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,Anne Neilson 13 Nov 15 - 12:47 PM
GUEST,crazy little woman 13 Nov 15 - 12:13 PM
Dave the Gnome 13 Nov 15 - 11:56 AM
Harmonium Hero 13 Nov 15 - 11:43 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 13 Nov 15 - 11:27 AM
GUEST, topsie 13 Nov 15 - 07:14 AM
GUEST,Desi C 13 Nov 15 - 06:27 AM
MGM·Lion 13 Nov 15 - 05:46 AM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 13 Nov 15 - 05:21 AM
GUEST 13 Nov 15 - 05:01 AM
GUEST 13 Nov 15 - 02:37 AM
Ebbie 13 Nov 15 - 02:20 AM
Rapparee 13 Nov 15 - 12:38 AM
GUEST,Frank 12 Nov 15 - 08:48 PM
Paul Burke 12 Nov 15 - 06:51 PM
Dave the Gnome 12 Nov 15 - 06:09 PM
Nigel Parsons 12 Nov 15 - 04:50 PM
Bainbo 12 Nov 15 - 04:38 PM
Bainbo 12 Nov 15 - 04:33 PM
GUEST 12 Nov 15 - 04:27 PM
fat B****rd 12 Nov 15 - 04:10 PM
GUEST,leeneia 12 Nov 15 - 04:01 PM
Anne Lister 12 Nov 15 - 03:17 PM
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Penny S. 12 Nov 15 - 01:50 PM
Mr Red 12 Nov 15 - 01:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 07:46 PM

Funny, I posted to this yesterday but for some reason it did not seem like message got submitted (I can't find it) so trying again.

When I was a child my parent's told me that the way they get babies is that parent's are taken up in a small airplane - up very high where all the babies are floating around in the sky. Then the pilot slows down and the parent's reach out the window and choose whatever baby they want and that is how they got me.   
I believed this story!!!!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Western Trails
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 01:28 PM

I remember hearing that if you swallow gum it won't be digested for seven years.
And that a woman with a big puffy hairdo once had spiders living in her hair.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 01:03 PM

A post on here reminded me of a couple more. One of my first jobs was a factory next to a pub cfalled The Greyhound in Birmingham, known as The Scrumply house as it only sold various types of Cider. Old guys in there told us that flicking fag ash in the cider made it much stronger, but it had to be Park Drive cigs and tipped didn't work. Also dropping an Aspirin in! And after that we should leave the pint on top of the old stove in the bar. Did it work? Well, I got so drunk X'mas lunchtime that I was literally in bed recovering for a full week!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 07:51 AM

You need to get to sleep before the sandman comes, we were told. Bloody terrifying!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,silver
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 06:53 AM

Never really believed in any of these, but anyway:

A variant on the "eat the crusts" theme: if you eat burned crusts, you will get a good singing voice!

You will catch polio if you play with fallen autumn leaves.

Breaking a mirror will give you seven years of bad luck.

There's an ugly goblin living in the well, and he'll catch little children, so don't go near.

If a girl picks seven different flowers on Midsummer's Eve, and puts them under her pillow, she will dream of the man she is going to marry. (Special for Sweden, I believe.)

If you sing and make noise before breakfast, you will be in trouble before nightfall (originally: in a hawk's ass. My Mom's saying. She couldn't explain exactly how this would happen.)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 14 Nov 15 - 06:41 AM

From Carly Simon, in the song It Was So Easy:

"I remember when we took such care to step never on the cracks,
No only on the squares
Or else we'd be abducted by the bears"

Is that a common one in Yankistan?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 08:32 PM

As kids, my friends and I would walk down the
sidewalk, avoiding the cracks in the concrete,
and chanting over and over, "Step on a crack!
Break your mother's back!"

I knew it wasn't so, but for years I would catch
myself unthinkingly avoiding the cracks in the walk.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Bizibod
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 07:06 PM

I was told that if you collected a sufficient number of dewdrop cobwebs on top of one another in a loop of twig you would make glass.Tried and tried.I suppose it did make a "window" of sorts where all the dewdrops joined together, but it wasn't glass, more wet cobweb....


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 05:46 PM

Lavatorium graffiti:

It's no use standing on the seat
The germs round 'ere can jump six feet


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 05:23 PM

If you drink alcoholic drinks through a straw will it increase the amount of alcohol vapor that you inhale?
If so could get you drunk quicker, like spilling it in a sauna.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Anne Lister
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 03:39 PM

As to the crusts = curly hair thing, my older brother and one sister (there were five of us) had naturally curly hair, as did my Mum, and I don't think we ever associated the crusts with that result. Or we were far too sceptical to take it seriously in the first place.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 03:04 PM

I can vouch for the drinking alcohol through a straw. At the age of 19, a hardened drinker I thought, a colleague made a bet that I couldn't drink two pints of Guinness through a straw. He lost, I managed three but boy did I know about it !!!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 02:14 PM

"There was also some other vile local natural plant infusion, but i can't remember what it was"
might have been morning glory seeds...???

A quick google shows young folks are just as stupidly experimental...

But what to us 40 years ago was counter culture hippy folklore passed down by older wiser dungeons and dragons players..

is now an organized world wide 'legal high' capitalist industry... 😠


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 01:36 PM

the straw trick - yeah we did that with bottles of red wine when we were 14 or 15.

More stupidly aged 17, we believed the wise advice of older [early 20s] hippies we knew,
so became keen purchasers of benylin cough medicine and kaolin and morphine mixture...
Those dastardly hippies also convinced us to drink the most disgusting home brewed poppy tea..

There was also some other vile local natural plant infusion, but i can't remember what it was
[not mushroomz - they actually did work quite nicely]

I remember we puked quite a lot in our late teens thanks to our trusting the the hippy equivalent of old wives tales... 😣


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Mr Red
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 01:24 PM

Saltpeter kills sexual desire is this a corruption of the army tactic of putting Bromide in tea for the same purpose? Myth or true our cadet week at Kimnel Park North Wales the tea did taste pretty vile. It was an all male teen affair in tents! I do remember being issued with rifles and blank cartridges some of which made their way home.

I never got the cartridges to fire by throwing bolders at them, but in defeat we (me & John Fiddler of "Medicine Head" fame) put a candle under the cap and nothing happened so we walked away. About a minute later we head a bang and a whistling into the distance over the canal. Thankfully it was open ground with no-one around.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 01:08 PM

Not just as a child - I remember from my student days a tale that you could get drunk quicker (and hence more cheaply) if you drank beer through a straw rather than just out of the glass.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 12:59 PM

Ok, this is one of my very earliest memories...

Age 4 or 5, around the time I started infants school, I believed for a short time what other kids must have told me..
that the world was flat and rain happened as a consequence of god and the angels flushing their toilets.... 😬


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 12:47 PM

Near Glasgow in the early 1950s we had a superstition about avoiding the cracks on the pavement (not at all PC) -- step on a crack and you'll marry a black man. (Goodness knows where this came from as our neighbours were all white families!)

My mother's siblings had emigrated to Africa in 1948, to Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia (as was) and to South Africa, and we were used to letters and information from those places as well as post-cards; and my mother told me that I saw some black men near the fountain in Kelvingrove Park, just beside the University of Glasgow, around 1950 and said, "Look, there are Africans!" -- seemingly they looked round and smiled before my mother's attempts to shoosh me could work…

We also had a firm promotion on eating up your crusts to achieve curly hair and eating carrots to sharpen your eyesight.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,crazy little woman
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 12:13 PM

combining coca cola and aspirin will kill you.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 11:56 AM

Nice to see you, John. You must have eaten all your crusts to get that curly pig tail :-)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Harmonium Hero
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 11:43 AM

What do curly-haired kids get told about eating crusts? Just wondered.
I used to be told not to pull faces because the wind would change and I'd stick like that. Never believed it though.
And knowlegeable friends at school claimed that masturbation made your thing bigger. It only occurred to me later in life that this activity coincides with puberty, during which your thing gets bigger anyway. Coincidence? Is there a female version of this myth? Just askin'.
JK


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 11:27 AM

On occasions when I passed on a piece of dubious folk knowledge I had the reply "Having a little knowledge is a dangerous thing".

This left me thinking that having a lot of knowledge must be really dangerous.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 07:14 AM

Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:50 PM

From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 02:38 PM
"When there's a full moon, low in the sky, it looks very big. However if you bend down and look at it between your legs it's normal size!
This may or may not be true but one thing is certain - you look pretty daft if you test it out!

True!
The moon close to the horizon appears bigger because you are comparing it to whatever else you can see, and because everything else (stars excepted) is closer, your sense of perspective makes the moon seem larger that it is when viewed in the middle of the sky (where it seems small and isolated).
Viewing it through your legs gives you an immediate & reliable sense of proportion, as your legs will be the same size whether you're viewing a moon near the horizon, or in clear space."


THIS IS NOT TRUE

The moon (or sun) appears to be bigger close to the horizon because the image you are seeing is magnified by moisture in the atmosphere through which you see it. Sometimes, if there are strips of cloud in front of it, the magnification varies so that you see a dumb-bell shaped or egg-shaped moon or sun.
We had a discussion about it on mudcat some years ago:

Subject: RE: BS: Spring
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 12:20 PM

"I'd never heard of the 'green flash' or 'green rim' before this thread, but the lowest picture in Micca's link [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_flash] seems to confirm something I have long suspected - the apparent size of the rising or setting sun or full moon when it is just above the horizon isn't just an illusion caused by its proximity to the trees and rooftops, as many 'experts' claim, but is caused by magnification when it is seen through the atmosphere near the horizon."

From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 07:08 PM

"topsie (12:20 pm):

the apparent size of the rising or setting sun or full moon when it is just above the horizon isn't just an illusion caused by its proximity to the trees and rooftops, as many 'experts' claim, but is caused by magnification when it is seen through the atmosphere near the horizon."

The same magnification is responsible for what's called the "ephemeris jump" (you can look that up) noticed mostly for a setting sun or moon. The sun/moon appears to approach the horizon at "normal rate" until what looks like about the last 5 degrees (where it "should" take about 20 minutes more to reach the horizon) but "plops" out of sight in a minute or less. The effect is especially visible when seen from an airplane at 20 or 30 kft altitude.

John

If John in Kansas agreed with me I MUST be right.)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 06:27 AM

I'd almost forgotten, buy my Granny used to say I was born under a cabbage, my brother and sister under other garden growths! But She did make it sound funny and I don't think I ever actually believed it. Actually after we moved to England and aged a very naieve 14, a school mate told me where Babies really come from, I was so disgusted thinking he was being offensive about my Mum that I punched him one!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 05:46 AM

'Never tread on the cracks in the pavement - no suggestion of what bad thing would happen'
.,,.

Yes, there was where I came from: the bears would get you!

In A A Milne's poem 'Lines and Squares', from "When we were very young", the narrator talks of walking to avoid the bears

Who wait at the corners all ready to eat
The sillies who tread on the lines in the street


≈M≈


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 05:21 AM

Drinking too much vinegar kills off your blood cells.

Someone must have had a bit of science know how to make that one up!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 05:01 AM

Never swallow chewing gum because it wraps around your "insides"

Never tread on the cracks in the pavement - no suggestion of what bad thing would happen, we just didn't do it.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 02:37 AM

"If you were naughty, you wouldn't get presents from Father Christmas. You'd get a bag of soot instead."

A switch and two lumps of coal


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Ebbie
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 02:20 AM

Stop your dog eating grass- it can wrap itself around the dog's intestines, you know, causing great problems.

A friend from the Czech Republic told me that they were cautioned to avoid touching the dark end of a banana peel- that is where it is snake bit.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Rapparee
Date: 13 Nov 15 - 12:38 AM

Play with yourself and you'll go blind, have hair (sometimes green) on your palms, and/or your equipment would fall off "and shatter."

If you swallow your gum it will stay inside you and all the gum you swallow will eventually become a big ball of gum and block up your insides and you'll die. This happened to a kid down the street so it's true.

Don't drink Coke because if you put lunch meat in Coke and wait a few days the lunch meat will dissolve. (If Coke doesn't pass through you in a few days you've got bigger problems!)

Nuns were naked under their habits and were bald.

Saltpeter kills sexual desire and the Boy Scouts/Army/Navy/Boys' Schools put it in the mashed potatoes to prevent "problems."

A boy in a different grade looked at a dirty picture and went crazy. He's been locked away for years and years.

Kissing makes a girl pregnant.

Wearing yellow on Thursday (or other colors on other days) means you're a queer.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,Frank
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 08:48 PM

Looking at the Moon through your legs certainly gives a different perspective.
I quite often look at the stars in the Southern Hemisphere, and I find if you face South, bend over and look between your legs you can Uranus.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Paul Burke
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 06:51 PM

Dave- are you Bogbrush?

You can catch VD from brass doorknobs. My young sister had a violent row with Mum, mother defending the relative innocence of hardware. sister claiming scientific edge- "Aunty Sadie told me. and she's a nurse!"

I waited a few days, and left some educational leaflets next to my sister's bed when she was out. My mum thanked me for it years later.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 06:09 PM

Brilliant stuff - Carry on folks :-)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:50 PM

From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 02:38 PM
When there's a full moon, low in the sky, it looks very big. However if you bend down and look at it between your legs it's normal size!
This may or may not be true but one thing is certain - you look pretty daft if you test it out!

True!
The moon close to the horizon appears bigger because you are comparing it to whatever else you can see, and because everything else (stars excepted) is closer, your sense of perspective makes the moon seem larger that it is when viewed in the middle of the sky (where it seems small and isolated).
Viewing it through your legs gives you an immediate & reliable sense of proportion, as your legs will be the same size whether you're viewing a moon near the horizon, or in clear space.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Bainbo
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:38 PM

"And me big brother told me if I trod on a nick
I'd be right thick
And I'd marry a brick
And to the wedding a beetle'd come
And sup up all the rum
And bugger up all the fun.
So for years I walked round
Staring at the ground
Til I smashed me head in on a lamppost
And was eight weeks coming round."


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Bainbo
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:33 PM

Mike Harding: The Bogey Man

"My Gran told me that if I looked in the mirror
The Devil would come
And I'd have to run.
He'd chase me round
And he'd take me down
Far underground
And I'd never be found.
Then one day I looked in the mirror and the Devil he came in
But he looked just like the bloke what's courting our Maureen … "


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:27 PM

There was a rhyme we used to sing about treading on the gaps between paving stones:

"If you tread on a nick
You'll marry a brick
And a beetle will come to your wedding"


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: fat B****rd
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:10 PM

If I had too much salt on my meals my blood would dry up.
The lady two doors up had come home from hospital with a new baby because she'd broken her arm.
In Cleethorpes we used to hold our lapels if funeral cars went by.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 04:01 PM

This is a true story. In my neighborhood there was a boy, Richard, who was odd. His speech was funny, and he had a cringing manner. One day on the playground, somebody told me "Richard eats baby food." Richard was probably 11 or 12 at the time.

After a while (after way too long a time) we learned that Richard was almost deaf. It was a shame that the cheap little school he went to hadn't spotted it years earlier.

If I had children or grandchildren, I would tell them this story to show them that some people say cruel and brainless things about those who are different or handicapped. I would say, "Ask yourself if that story makes any sense at all."


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Anne Lister
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 03:17 PM

The ambulance thing - we had to hold our collar until we saw a four legged animal, and that way we'd never ride in one.
We had to eat our crusts in order to have strong white hair and big curly teeth ... my mum knew all about the Rev. Spooner.
Avoid treading on the gaps between the paving stones and get downstairs before the upstairs loo stopped flushing to avoid all kinds of problems with monsters and snakes and stuff. I remember getting very confused in Eastbourne (where my grandparents were living) because their pavements looked like blocks of Dairy Milk with the raised chunky bits and that was where I saw my first ever black person. Apparently he was very amused when I told my mum he was chocolate too - I'm glad he saw the compliment I was intending it to be!
If you were naughty, you wouldn't get presents from Father Christmas. You'd get a bag of soot instead.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 02:38 PM

When there's a full moon, low in the sky, it looks very big. However if you bend down and look at it between your legs it's normal size!

This may or may not be true but one thing is certain - you look pretty daft if you test it out!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Penny S.
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 01:50 PM

You could pick up thunderbolts in the Warren at Folkestone. This is an area of landslips from the chalk cliffs over clay.

I understood that thunderbolts were meteorites, and I assumed that if they were that common there, I should be able to see them landing, so I spent one evening looking out of my window towards the area in the hopes of spotting them.

Not having seen any, I decided that there was no reason why they should be attracted to the place.

What the things were, I was eventually told, were pyrites nodules from the Chalk. Later I was told they were marcasite. Anyway, they are hand sized balls of iron sulphide with radial gold coloured crystals inside a rusty exterior, some smooth, some lumpy.

They can also be found in the quarries east of Lewes.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Mr Red
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 01:32 PM

you mustn't eat bread or cakes when they are still hot from the oven because that would give you indigestion.

You better believe it. But only homemade bread, cooked in the old fashioned way.
Joy used to make her own bread, mix first thing in the morning, put near Rayburn (aka AGA) to prove, go to milk cows, come back, pop in Rayburn, have breakfast and it is cooked! She gave me a loaf one day and it was so good I polished it off in one day and a bit. If you wonder what I am bellyaching about, it was just that. Not indigestion per se, but very noticeable guts ache.

Now why don't we get it with commercial bread? These days? 1) it is never straight out of the oven 2) they use a lot more bicarb (&/or Amonium Bicarbonate because it acts quicker and is cheaper) to get the carbon dioxide (fluffiness) into the dough during baking, & save on proving time. 3) there is a lot more stuff in there, in the UK they used to add calcium (aka chalk) plus a load of vitamins required by law from WW2 legislation. Cornflakes ditto.

My friend told me that when an ambulance passed you should hold your collar tip - for how long I can't remember even if it was specified, probably to prevent the occupant dying! That lad became a vicar! Gawd bless him (and she did).


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,michaelr
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 01:14 PM

If you make a weird face at noon, it will stay that way.

If you go "all the way" before you're married, you'll go blind.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Rapparee
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 12:46 PM

1. If you swallow a watermelon seed you'll get pregnant -- just look at Aunt Helen!

2. There is a tunnel under the Atlantic Ocean which connects (our town in west-central Illinois) with the Vatican. The Swiss Guards are going to invade the US by using it.

3. If there's ever an Atomic War our town will be one of the first attacked because of our railroad hub and the dam on the river.

4. Smoking stunts your growth.

5. Drinking coffee stunts your growth.

6. Drinking beer stunts your growth.

7. People put gum on seats in movie theaters so that when you get up your clothes will be ripped off.

8. If you stand on a certain bridge in Hanover, Germany and look back between your legs you'll see a ghost. (I don't remember the bridge.)

9. They make hot dogs out of dead people.

10. If you cough, sneeze, and fart at the same time you'll explode.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 11:28 AM

"You should always mash bananas first rather than just eating them, as they will give you tummy-ache"()

It's well known that bananas disappeared from the UK during WW2, and when they reappeared after the war a lot of children had never seen one before. There was even a rumour that a child had died after eating a banana!


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 11:13 AM

My 3 older sisters, 5, 6 and 7 when I was born, had heard somewhere that one out of 5 children born is Chinese (this was the early '60s), so they wanted our parents to have another child after me so it would be Chinese.

I, on the other hand, never believed anything. There were way too many unbelievable things in fairy tales and big sister's stories, so (as a musical instance) when I moved to Virginia and saw Lynchburg and Danville on a map I was astounded, having assumed that since the mighty rough road between them was from a train wreck song that they were legendary places, not real.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 09:46 AM

Never swallow chewing gum because it'll get wound round your spindle.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST,#
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 09:33 AM

Anything to do with spinach and Popeye the feckin' sailor man.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Rumours you believed as a child
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 12 Nov 15 - 09:26 AM

Regarding underwear and buses, I was told that you must wear clean underwear because you might get run over by a bus. The idea was that you would be dressed respectably when you arrived at the hospital or morgue. In fact, the chances of your underwear still being clean after the accident are not great.


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