Old Wives Tales


Discover what lies behind these and many more popular legends, urban myths and old wives’ tales:

  • Elephants are afraid of mice
  • It’s bad luck to change a boat’s name
  • Baby snakes are more poisonous than adults
  • Men have one less rib than women
  • It can be too cold to snow
  • Liars can’t look you in the eye

About the Author

Thomas Craughwell

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Thomas Craughwell

Thomas Craughwell has discussed and debunked urban folklore on the BBC, The Learning Channel, Inside Edition, and over seventy-five radio programs. Along with publications in the Wall Street Journal and Emmy Magazine, he has published three best-selling volumes on urban legends.