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Mom Really Does Know Best 3 Wives’ Tales Proven True “Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.”You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true.


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We see a rise in DUIs during the holidays, but drunk drivers are a

danger to Florida roads all year long. Due to the severe damage that can be done by a selfish individual who chooses to drink and drive, victims of an accident may be entitled to treble (triple) damages. Don’t make a mistake that will result in a terrible accident. Check out these resources available to reduce drunk driving in Florida.

Uber or Lyft If you plan on going out drinking, or you drink a little too much and don’t have a way to get home safely, rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft allow you to request a ride without ever making a phone call. A nearby driver will come pick you up and drop you off wherever you want to go. Download Uber or Lyft on your smartphone through Google Play or the Apple App Store. SaferRide SaferRide is an app created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Designed to be easy to use when you’re too drunk to walk a straight line, SaferRide allows you to call a cab with the tap of a button,

Garlic Cures Colds

For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral

properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet.

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Heartburn Means a Hairy Baby

It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth.

French toast is a staple for a weekend breakfast at home, but this version takes things to another level. Consider it a hybrid of French toast and PB&J. It’s just as delicious as it sounds.

Joint Pain Predicts the Weather


Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints.

8 slices brioche, 1/2-inch thick 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

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2 cups cornflakes 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups mixed berries Powdered sugar, to sprinkle Maple syrup, for serving

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2 large eggs

1/8 cup heavy cream

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

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