On a less serious note: I told this story to a friend this morning who thought it would make for a good thread.
One of my cousins remembered as a child overhearing a conversation between her mother and mine about what it is that determines the sex of a child. My mother’s view was that it was determined by the sex of the person who had initiated the act by which the child was conceived. My cousin said that it gave her a whole other view of my mother since of her twelve children, ten were female.
I suppose we can’t call these kinds of things “old wives’ tales” any more, but are there others, on this or any other subject, that were handed down in your family?