I’m on a bit of a blogging break, ever since my laptop decided to go belly up on me without any prior warning. The audacity of it all! Really, we shared so much: that time when I vacuumed a key up and had to search desperately in the bag for the L, when I thought it would explode from overwork and lack of proper heating (silly me, I take the term “laptop” quite seriously), and endless amounts of blog writing, commenting, and recipe searching. RIP, dearest one.
The other day I read an article about Spanish mother sayings and the truth behind them. I was gleefully happy to read that some of my most-hated sayings have no basis in reality. I do hate being told that walking around barefoot will suddenly cause the air around me to create a virus and shove it into my nasal cavities, but I realize and will happily admit that it’s not you, it’s me. Nonetheless, I have adopted the timeworn Spanish custom of wearing slippers absolutely everywhere. Nowadays you couldn’t pry mine off my callused, blistered runner’s feet. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article.
Dry your hair well before going to bed or you’ll get a cold.
See also: Do not go outside with wet hair unless you have a death wish.
I love this one, because, as all of us who once took Psych 101 in college know, correlation is not the same as causation. People, please. How could wet hair possibly create a virus? Of course, it could be a potential factor in weakening our immune systems, thus giving a virus that already exists easier access to our bodies. But, you know, it might be easier to assume that wet hair = the certainty of a good resfriado.
Ask for the soda to be room temperature unless you want angina.
Oh yes, angina! What’s that again? It’s chest pain or discomfort that usually accompanies stress or activity. Who woulda thought that a cold Coca-Cola could cause this? Well, it can’t. Again, we’re all different (hooray for diversity!), but it’s only one factor, and it must be accompanied by the presence of a bacteria or virus.
If it itches or annoys you, that means it’s healing.
Way back in the dark ages of blogging (2010), I went to Almuñécar with Mario and got sun poisoning. What fun! Who knew my whole body could itch? And at the same time! I had been to the Caribbean, to Florida in August, to Mexico … but it was in Spain that the sun finally got me, once and for all. Mario’s mother informed me that if it was itching, that meant it was healing. Turns out she’s right! I kind of figured she was anyway, but it’s true that as blood cells flock to the site of a wound or lesion, they release histamine, causing the itching.
Drink the juice before all the vitamins leave.
This is the craziest one of all for me. I’ve actually never heard a real person (let alone mother) say such a thing, but I laugh just the same. Some people really believe that you must drink freshly-squeezed juice fast so that you’ll get all the vitamins! You actually have to cook produce with vitamin C to a high temperature to lose a substantial amount. You can drink your juice right after squeezing it, or six hours after. It will make no difference to poor old Vitamin C. This is where I start singing the epic mid-200s anthem, Graduation (Friends Forever).