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When Mark Twain Had a Cold - 7 Myths about the Cold Season

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October 06, 2016

In 1863, Mark Twain had the worst cold of his life. He tried everything: from mustard plasters to drinking gin with onions. And a few other remedies in between, each one more outrageous than the other. None of them worked. No surprise there. But he wrote about it in great detail in the humorous essay How to Cure a Cold.

And yet, 150 years later, we still believe in old wives’ tales. The cold season is almost here, and soon enough you’ll start hearing all the usual myths flying around: “feed a cold, starve a fever”, and the ever-pervasive “always wear a hat in winter”.

We collected some of the most common old wives’ tales about how to brace yourself for the cold season, looked at the science that dispelled them, and we’re back to report in this new course on Daily Bits Of.