If aliens, yes those glowing little green men, were to descend from the outer reaches of space, they might just find Earth’s humanity to be quite a paranoid bunch of coconuts. Are old wives tales the result of foolish paranoia gone amok, or is there more to them than meets the eye?
This April Fool’s Day, I’ll be reviewing some old wives tales and I’ll also be considering how high the foolish level actually goes. For this particular sort of analysis, I’ll be using the Fool’s-Ometer Scale of Skiving Snack Boxes. This is a highly sophisticated device that measures on a scale of one to five Skiving Snack boxes, which were created by the Weasley twins. These awesome parcels contained Fainting Fancies, Fever Fudge, Nosebleed Nougat, and Puking Pastilles. Very handy for any Hogwarts student looking to ditch class.
I’m not going to talk about the usual suspects like crossing the path of a black cat, breaking mirrors, walking beneath ladders, and stepping on cracks in the sidewalk. No, I’m going to look at some of the lesser daily remembered.