The 9 Most Ridiculous Myths My Abuelita Swears By

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I love my abuelita with all my heart, and I know she always has my best interest in mind. But now that I’m older, I’ve realized some of the lessons I’ve grown up hearing don’t really make much sense…

You’ll see what I mean:


1. Your hair will fall off if you go to sleep with it wet.

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“Después cuando estes calva, no vengas a llorar aquí.”  You’ve been warned, I guess?


2. Walking outside with wet hair will give you pneumonia.

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*Gasp* “¿¡Vas a salir con el pelo mojado?!” Basically, wet hair will destroy your entire life.


3. If you’re out after dusk without a scarf covering your nose, you will get sick.

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“Ponte la bufanda.”  Ain’t nobody got time for that.


4. Feel cold? It means you have low blood sugar.

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“Cómete un dulce. Tienes frío porque esta bajo en calorías.” I mean, sure. Any excuse for sweets.


5. Walking barefoot gives you tummy aches.

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“Ve, por no ponerte zapatos.” Science.


6. Your stomach hurts because you’re hungry.

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“Cómete un pan.” Yeah, this stomach ache is definitely from eating too little and NOT because I just had three servings of cake.


7. Don’t leave the house on Good Friday, or the Devil will get you.

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“¡El Diablo está afuera!” You sure he doesn’t have somewhere more important to be?


8. If you don’t sleep under the covers, you’ll get sick.

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“Debajo del cobija de lana.” Okaaaaay.

And finally…


9. Vicks Vaporub literally cures everything

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“Ponte vivaporu!” Ok, so maybe this one’s a little bit true.


Read: 7 Home Remedies From My Colombian Abuelita (That Actually Work)

 

Does your abuela have any hilarious myths that she lives by?  We want to hear them! Comment them below.