Myths & Legends

14 Old Wives' Tales That Are Completely True

Everyone knows at least one old wives' tale (or 75). These superstitions are both doubted and depended on, but because there is a decent amount of skepticism surrounding old wives' tales as a whole, it's worth a closer look into which are true, right? Right. As it turns out, there are a surprising number of true old wives' tales.

For instance, look at Galileo! His ideas about space were doubted for 300 years before they were adopted as facts. Now, throwing a noodle against the wall to determine its readiness isn't as insightful as the layout of our solar system, but somebody's great-great-great grandma deserves some credit for the perfect pasta. And while eating bread crusts won’t give you curly hair and putting salt in water won’t make it boil any faster, not everything you were told as a child was false. Here are a few old wives' tales you can count on. (Spoiler alert to the gossips: itchy ears didn’t make the list).