As much as people today love to think that they are perfectly logical, they are still a very superstitious bunch. People may not panic at the sight of a black cat anymore, but spend some time around any sports fan and it will be clear that superstition is alive and well in the modern world. Sports spectators’ superstitions may be somewhat normal, such as having a lucky hat, or downright bizarre, such as knowing that their team will lose the game if they do not eat a potato at halftime. Sports players and performers are arguably even worse. Try to get a pitcher out on the field without their special socks or a musician to play when they are using the cursed music stand. Bathing an angry cat is often easier.
People tend to cling to superstitions in spite of themselves. They know that those ancient blue socks do not actually make them run faster or that eating a potato will not improve the performance of a team hundreds of miles away, but the actions are largely harmless and are often backed up by either a sense that it cannot hurt to follow the superstition or a number of eerie coincidences that seemed to confirm the superstition was true. What if, however, those coincidences were not coincidences at all but proof the superstition was true? It may seem mad, but there are a lot of old wives’ tales and superstitions that science has upheld. Here are six old wives’ tales that are actually true.