Household Oddities And Axioms: WTH?

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

I’ve been thinking about all the household axioms: you know, cliches or “old wives tales”. I find some of them highly suspect and/or amusing. Let’s take a look:

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Well, yeah, some of them could die or something. But if you don’t count at all, how do you know how many chicks to be expecting?

Similarly, Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. But what if you only have one basket? Then what?

It’ll all come out in the wash. Whoever said that clearly never had a kid with a Sharpie left unattended.

Like stapling Jello to the wall. Who would want to do that? Your wall would get all sticky.

Too many cooks in the kitchen. With me, there could never be too many cooks. Unless one of those cooks is Heather.

Okay, Home Eccers. I’ve made enough fun of the old sayings. It’s your turn. Which ones have you found strange or funny?


  1. Heather Solos on August 28, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Bobbie, the saying came from when families used to have to haul water from a well or other source. They’d reuse the same water, dad first, then mom, then the kids oldest first. By the time the baby got around to his turn the water could be fairly dirty. Perhaps so dirty that whoever emptied the tub might not see the baby was still in it.
    Thank goodness for modern plumbing, right?

  2. ThatBobbieGirl on August 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

    Uhhhhh…..I don’t even want to consider how that one may have come about.

  3. SGFB on August 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    How about a watched pot doesn’t boil? That isn’t true.

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