Chatterbox #184 – Old wives’ tales

Have you ever thought something was true, but later found out it was false? Discover more false facts with Andrew and Suzanne as they discuss old wives’ tales—common advice and traditional beliefs that are unscientific or untrue.


Fun fact

Although old wives’ tales are almost always false, some have turned out to be true! For example, one very common old wives’ tale is that eating carrots can improve your eyesight. Carrots are actually rich in beta-carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A, a vital nutrient that helps keep your eyes healthy and prevents cataracts!

Expressions included in the learning materials

  • To get [something] off your chest
  • To vent
  • An old wives’ tale
  • A superstition
  • To write [something] off

Sample transcript

Andrew:           Hello everybody. My name is Andrew.

Suzanne:        And I’m Suzanne.

Andrew:           And we’re back with another Culips episode.

Suzanne:        Yay!

Andrew:           Suzanne, what’s up?

Suzanne:        Nothing much, Andrew. How about you? Anything new?

Andrew:           I had something annoying happen to me today that I’d like to get off my chest, if you’re willing to listen to me.

Suzanne:        I am here when you need to vent, always.

Andrew:           This is a very minor thing. It’s just an annoying thing that happened to me today. Because I was on my phone …

Suzanne:        Mmhmm.

Andrew:           Last week or several days ago, I can’t quite remember. And my Wi-Fi was going really slow. So I just turned my Wi-Fi off to use my mobile data.

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