These are things that we\u2019ve been told over and over again throughout the years \u2013 but are any of these old wives' tales actually true? Why not find out..? 1. Putting earwax on a cold sore will speed up its healing process iStockphoto True:\u00a0Earwax has anti-herpes, anti-micrococcus and anti-staphylococcal properties (easy for us to say\u2026not!). Apply earwax directly on a cold sore and in time it\u2019ll stop the tingling and pain. 2. Sitting on a cold wall gives you piles iStockphoto False:\u00a0Piles are far more likely to be the result of pregnancy, straining due to constipation or childbirth. Getting a chilly bum does not cause them! 3. Chicken soup makes you better iStockphoto True(ish):\u00a0Chicken soup won\u2019t actually cure a cold, however, scientists have found that chicken soup reduces inflammation by slowing down the white blood cell activity responsible for inflammation, which can relieve symptoms. 4. Two blue-eyed parents can\u2019t produce a brown-eyed child iStockphoto False:\u00a0Blue-eyed Mum and Dad\u00a0can have a child with brown eyes, but it\u2019s rare. Also, two brown-eyed parents can have a child with blue eyes, but again this is uncommon. 5. Cows lie down when it\u2019s going to rain iStockphoto True(ish):\u00a0Researchers found that cows stand up for longer periods when it\u2019s hot, proving a link between their behavior and the weather. It\u2019s also suggested\u00a0that cows lie down when it\u2019s colder, which is often what happens to the climate just before it rains. 6. Red sky at night, shepherds\u2019 delight. Red sky in the morning, shepherds\u2019 warning iStockphoto True:\u00a0The saying first appeared in the Bible in the Gospel of Matthew and was used to help shepherds prepare for the next day\u2019s weather. There are variations such as \u2018Red sky at night, sailors\u2019 delight. Red sky in morning, sailors\u2019 warning\u2018, although the meaning is the same. In case it has eluded you, a red sky at night means the fair weather is heading towards you. Red sky in the morning means the good weather has already passed, leaving a low-pressure system (bad weather) behind. 7. Putting a slice of bread in your mouth can stop you crying when peeling onions iStockphoto True:\u00a0The syn-Propanethial-S-oxide in onions is released as a gas during chopping and irritates the eye, stimulating tear ducts. Putting a slice of bread in your mouth with half sticking out is thought to catch the fumes before they reach the eye. Or you could just do like this lady and put on goggles! 8. Eating carrots can improve vision iStockphoto True:\u00a0Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight. But then so are other foods such as asparagus, apricots, nectarines, and milk. A well-balanced diet can provide the vitamin A needed for good vision. 9. Feed a cold, starve a fever iStockphoto False:\u00a0The original saying was: \u2018Feed a cold,\u00a0stave\u00a0a fever\u2019 with stave meaning to prevent. Fasting just makes you weak, so even if you don\u2019t feel like eating, at least have some chicken soup as it could help.\u00a0(See point 3, above!) 10. You\u2019ll catch a cold if you go out in winter without a coat iStockphoto False.\u00a0Getting chilly doesn\u2019t cause a cold. In a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, two groups of people were exposed to common cold viruses. One group was exposed to germs in a unheated\u00a0room, the other group in a balmy room. Both groups caught colds at about the same rate. 11. Putting ice cubes on dents in the carpet will remove them iStockphoto True:\u00a0Place an ice cube over the spot. Wait until it melts and the dent should be gone. 12. Count sheep to fall asleep iStockphoto True:\u00a0We don\u2019t mean actual sheep, of course. But counting imaginary sheep when you\u2019re in bed can help distract you from the\u00a0stressful or anxious thoughts that\u00a0keep you awake, so you\u2019ll fall asleep sooner. 13. Chewing parsley gets rid of garlic breath iStockphoto True:\u00a0Parsley contains compounds that counteract the high sulfur content of garlic, which causes the unpleasant odour. 14. The swing of a ring will determine the sex of your baby iStockphoto False:\u00a0The tale is that you take off your wedding ring, tie it to a piece of string and hang it over your belly. If it swings in a circle, you\u2019ll have a boy, if it moves back and forth, you\u2019re expecting a girl. The only accurate way to find out your baby\u2019s gender during pregnancy is by\u00a0having an ultrasound scan. 15. Toothpaste can send spots packing iStockphoto True:\u00a0Toothpaste contains menthol, which cools and soothes inflammation, as well as antibacterial agents, which can fight infection, and detergents, which can dry out spots. 16. Pull out a grey hair and two will grow in its place iStockphoto False:\u00a0It actually takes about three months for a new\u00a0hair to grow and a further three before you\u2019ll notice it. If you pull out a grey hair, by the time the one you pulled out grows back, a few more will have appeared nearby, so it\u2019ll look as if two have grown in its place. 17. If you sit too close to the TV you\u2019ll go blind iStockphoto False:\u00a0How many times did you hear that when you were a kid? But there\u2019s no evidence that sitting right in front of the telly will damage your eyes. Actually, children can focus up close without eyestrain better than adults, which is why they often sit right in front of the TV. 18. Pour white wine on spilt red wine to remove the stain iStockphoto False:\u00a0Which? magazine did some lab tests and found that white wine is actually rubbish at removing red-wine stains, so their suggestion is that you\u2019re much better off drinking it instead! 19. A hair of the dog will ease hangover symptoms iStockphoto True: Research has shown that consuming small doses of alcohol can relieve alcohol-withdrawal symptoms. But it can increase dependency on alcohol. So it\u2019s best to avoid getting a hangover in the first place. If you\u2019ve been boozing, drink a big glass of water before going to bed. Or, even better, just drink responsibly, as all the ads tell us! Credits:\u00a0lifedeathprizes.com Share this story on Facebook with your friends.