Old wives tales are fun and usually super interesting. Old wives tales are definitely a part of our culture and there are subcultures surrounding them as well. Today we are going to talk about some fun and probably very seemingly silly old wives tales in the farm and ranch community!
If you are looking for some bad luck then according to old farm Folklore these actions will cause all your good luck to go right out the window:
•Shake hands across a gate,
•Sweep the floor after sunset
• Get out of bed left foot first
• Carry an ax, shovel or hoe through the house
• Move a broom from one house to another, you must first throw it over the roof of the old house.
• Spill salt
• Look at the moon through bushes
• Drop a hat on the bed
These are very interesting and some are quite unexpected!
This list is a list of the Most unusual ones that we were able to find:
•Plants that are considered of darkness for example root crops, such as carrots, beets, potatoes, should be planted in the dark of the moon, or they’ll go all to tops.
• If you want make your hot peppers be successfully spicy you must be angry when you plant them.
• Feed your watchdog gunpowder to make him fierce (please do not do this!)
• It is bad luck for a woman or a girl to walk across a room with her bottom bare (butt whyyy?)
• To cure foot cramps, turn your shoes bottom side up before going to bed. (What???)
• If your wife can’t get pregnant, spank her with a split shingle. (A solid fertility treatment)
Those are all very odd and hilarious.
These next ones are other notable farm and ranch type mythology. We truly wonder if anyone has tested it to see if there is any truth to them?
• If you are having trouble breaking a horse, rub a dab of your sweat on their nose.
• “Cradle your rye on the Fourth of July,” that means you should cut your rye with a cradle scythe.
• You should never set an even number of eggs to hatch. (Not sure why)
• Your corn should be knee-high by the Fourth of July.
• If there’s condensation on the outside of a metal watering trough, it’s going to rain but if you see lightning in the south, it will be dry weather.
• If you leave out eggs to be hatched on a Sunday you will get all roosters.
• If you are suffering from whooping cough, drinking mare’s milk will cure it.
• You should always plant corn when the oak leaves are as big as a squirrel’s ear. (Do you have any clue the size of a squirrel ear?)
We think that all of the tales, myths and folklore are some seriously great things to think about. We hope you got a ton of enjoyment out of them and some good belly laughs as well!
If you are ready to get your own farm or ranch and start some new mythology, then give us a call.