Old Wives’ Tales Updated for the 21st Century

old wives1 560x267An old wives’ tale, despite what your misogynistic Uncle may have told you, is not your Aunt’s sagging rear end. It’s simply a folksy-type saying that people use to correct behaviors or go along with superstitions of their era.

droopbutt 300x255We’ve all heard them, and while some may still hold value to the weird old lady with 18 cats living down the street, many of them are archaic and outdated. We’ve decided to go through and fix them so that you, too, can spout nonsensical wisdom at young people.

Gum takes seven years to digest

gum 300x231This one was made up to keep children from swallowing their chewing gum. Like anything you ingest, scientifically speaking, gum will pass through your digestive tract in about 12 to 24 hours. Faster if you take on the spicy burrito challenge at George’s House of Taco.

jlo milk 250x300The updated version: Spit means like, swallow means love.

Dandelions make wishes come true

dandelion

We used this same photo to describe reproduction to our kids.

Obviously, before we had television, internet and masturbatory lubricants, people were starved for entertainment. The upside of telling your kids this old tale is that you get the weeds pulled in your yard for free.

MonicaLewinsky 10 227x300The updated version: If you blow a politician, you’ll get a TV show, a book deal and become internet fabulous.

Itchy palms equals money in your future

itchy palms 300x150Before hand sanitizer, skin lotion and basic personal hygiene, this is how people would explain away their leprosy to avoid being sent to an island colony for the rest of their miserable existence.

crotchThe updated version: If your crotch is itchy, the doctor has a cream for that. The only side effect is loose bowels, thinning hair, halitosis, goiter and in some cases, death by snu snu.

Make a wish on the first star you see

star 300x220Before entertainment, people were big into wishes. This alleviated boredom and gave them false hope that a cruel and unforgiving world would soon crush them under its collective heel while stealing your lunch money, your wife and your dog.

keeping up with the kardashians 300x225The updated version: You can wish to be a star, or you can marry a Kardashian for a few days.

Masturbating will make you go blind

chickenchoke 200x300This was designed to keep young boys from pulling their puds all day instead of working in the fields under a blazing hot sun, 80 hours a week for about 4 cents a day.

magoo 234x300The updated version: Masturbating will… where did the screen go? Why is everything so blurry? I can’t see my keyboard!