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(PennLive)   There are many old wives' tales with some fact and some fiction, how many of them are true?   ( divider line
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2012-10-07 03:07:43 PM  
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I am still looking for more pictures of the NYC guidance counselor.
2012-10-07 02:56:08 PM  
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Wet head = cold things always mistifies me.

In the winter, it's rainy/snowy cold, the air is dry and you're crowded around with people.

A) Crowded with people = germs passing more freely/easier
B) Dry air = dried out mucus membranes
C) Inclimate weather = taxes the body reserves more leaving you more susceptible to illness.

Back in the day, what probably happened was people went out and got cold and wet (no gortex then, remember?) and then got very chilled. Once you're chilled it's hard to warm up without a hot shower. (Again, depending on the time frame that may not have been available.) So they changed clothes and sat shivering in front of a hot fire with some soup and waited to warm up.

Now, if you have never had the pleasure of trying to warm up that way, let me tell you, it can take a while. You're also quite tired when you finally do get warm and it's not unusual to need a nap. It's perfectly reasonable to have someone in this state be more susceptible to the viruses around the house, than the person who's been inside all day, warm, rested and well fed.

TL:DR: Cold weather doesn't cause the virus, but getting seriously chilled can definitely leave you more susceptible to coming down with one.
2012-10-07 01:18:43 PM  
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Corn_Fed: Sadly, Mythbusters fails on most counts. It does not feature good science, or proper experimentation. Anyone who draws conclusions from the ridiculously small sample sizes, and insufficient controls for variables, is only fooling themselves.

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2012-10-07 01:01:17 PM  
1 vote:
Well. if I trust anyone's input, it's certainly The Holy Spirit Health System's Dillsburg Family Health Center.
2012-10-07 12:36:32 PM  
1 vote:
If only there were a show to test if myths are true...
2012-10-07 11:44:00 AM  
1 vote:

CreamFilling: If it's actually true it stops being an old wives' tale

2012-10-07 11:09:54 AM  
1 vote:
Baking soda and vinegar made into a paste really does make a wasp sting stop hurting.
2012-10-07 11:07:11 AM  
1 vote:
Oops, I was thinking of urban legends. English fail.
2012-10-07 11:06:01 AM  
1 vote:
Old wives' tails sound wrinkly.
2012-10-07 11:02:25 AM  
1 vote:
All of them and none of them.

You can't really have a "true" firsthand eyewitness account of anything. Not by objective scientific standards, anyway. So if you're talking about second, third, or even later handed accounts they're simply not reliable. Hearsay.

On the other hand all good stories, even pure fictions such as the Discworld, contain truths. Be it a moral lesson, aphorism, or just a good feeling of realism there's always something to be gained from a story worth telling.

So I'll play the elf card and say both yes and no.
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