The things your mother tells you


I had a laugh when I saw this. It reminded me of some of the things my mother used to tell me. I am not sure if she believed them or if she said it to stop me doing certain things

  • if you swallow chewing gum it will stay in your stomach forever
  • nosebleeds make you lose weight
  • pepper takes seven years to pass through your system
  • long hair saps your strength
  • bathing more than once a week removes all your natural oils
  • you can’t wash your hair when you have your period
  • you get sick if you go outside with wet hair
  • if you pull a face and the clock strikes your face will stay like that
  • if you wear mascara it all collects behind your eyeballs. So badly that one day they would have to remove your eyeballs to scrape it all out
  • peacock feathers and owls are unlucky
  • you have to cover mirrors during a storm or they will attract lightning
  • sitting on cold cement gives you piles
  • swallowing an apple seed will mean an apple tree will grow in your stomach
  • each time you crack your knuckles they get bigger and bigger.
  • if you pick your nose your nostrils will get so huge you will be able to see your brain.


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

5 thoughts

  1. Luckily neither my mother or grandma told me any of these nonsense!
    I don’t know where they come from (some are not that stupid though) but they seem to have been famous at a certain period.

  2. LOL! Don’t wear your jacket in the house, or you won’t feel the benefit when you go outside! And I never could work out whether sitting on hot or cold radiators gave you piles!

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