I'd like to know how they researched this one...
Swallowing gum is dangerous, because the gum won't digest for 7 years.
Cats and babies don't mix. Never let a cat get by a sleeping baby. The cat will suck the air out of the baby's lungs.
Wart remedy #1:
Cut an Irish potato in half.
Rub on the wart.
Hide the potato where no one can find it.
Wart remedy #2:
For warts on your hand. Stick the hand with warts in a bag and tie it. The first person to untie the bag will get your warts. (That's not a very nice of those old wives.)
Wart remedy #3:
Take a drop of blood from the wart and put it on a coin. Put the coin in the middle of the road. When somebody picks it up, your wart will disappear.
Wart remedy #4:
Put a drop of blood from the wart on a grain of corn. Feed grain to a chicken.
This old folk remedy only works for people who have never seen their father.
For burns: Blowing on it will draw out the painful fire. (I can't help but wonder about all those people who had seen their father...)
My favorite folk remedy!
Chest congestion remedy:
Remove the fat from a skunk. Eat 2-3 spoonfuls to bring up the phlegm. (I bet this brings up more than just phlegm!)
Foot cramps at night:
Turn your shoes upside down before going to sleep.
Put some of your fingernail clippings in a bag and tie to a live eel. The eel will carry your fever away. (No matter how well this folk remedy might work, I'm never catching an eel.)
Run the tip of a black cat's tail over the sty.
Save your hair clippings after a haircut. Bury them under a rock and you'll never have a headache.
Black widow spider bite:
Drink heavy alcohol from 3pm 'til 7pm. (I'm thinking that you won't have a clue that you were ever bitten.)
One of my favorite old wives tales...
Athlete's foot remedy:
Step in warm cow dung. (Yep, I can't wait to try that!)
Place scissors, points up, on your neck. (I wonder just how safe this is... what else is going to bleed?)
Use a hammer to pull the nail out (ouch! I really have doubts about this folk remedy). Then grease the nail and hide it where nobody will be able to find it. This is supposed to prevent lockjaw.
Remove the initial bandage and bury it for the sore to heal.
Sore throat remedy:
Take a sock that you've worn til it stinks. Tie it around your neck until throat heals.
(This is the most disgusting thing that I've ever heard!)
Don't eat for a few days in order to starve the worm. Then hold milk up to your nose and sniff deeply. The worm will stick his head out your nose to find the milk. Keep moving the milk further away to draw the worm all the way out.
Scrape a cow's horns. Boil the scrapings and drink.
For a sick child:
Take a little blood from the child's arm and put it on a grain of corn. Feed grain to a black hen.
Drill a hole in a black oak tree just a little higher than the person's head. Place a lock of their hair in the hole. When they grow and pass the height of the hole, their asthma will go away.
Hair of the Dog. This remedy involves drinking the same "hair of the dog" that bit you, meaning if you got drunk on rot gut whiskey, you should drink more rot gut whiskey to get over it.
Do I need to say it? This is NOT a remedy -- don't drink and you won't ever get hangovers... or a lot of other problems.
NOTE: How do know if you are an alcoholic? -- If you can't have fun without alcohol (even once a week), you are an alcoholic. Period.