So I checked, and a number of studies have shown that, yes, a spoonful of white sugar will stop hiccups in 95% of cases. Researchers haven't been able to figure out why the remedy works, but they think that 'the sugar may irritate the throat so that the nerve impulses that cause the hiccups are interrupted'.
It's interesting to note that many of the simple, old remedies and solutions for common problems are being proven accurate. Maybe gran does know best. Have you come across any true 'old wives tales' recently?
Have you heard that rubbing a walnut on furniture will remove scratches? Yes, that one's true, too. The oil from the walnut will penetrate the surface removing the blemishes.
And nursery rhymes are also important. Although modern families often brush aside these old rhymes or substitute other stories and songs, these nursery rhymes play an important developmental role in language acquisition. Nursery rhymes teach important prepositions to children- under, over, beside, on, and more. Think of any rhyme- Little Miss Muffet, Jack be Nimble, Little Jack Horner- teaching it to kids will also teach these important positional prepositions.
While knowledge and information grows at an unprecedented pace due to modern technology, there is still an amazing legacy of helpful hints and remedies from previous generations that should not be overlooked. As current studies investigate the validity of many of these, we are finding that, yes, sometimes grandma really did know best. Share any true old wives tales or remedies that you have come across.