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Old 20 June 2013, 05:51 AM
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Comment: good Morning. I remember hearing from older relatives years ago
that you should never have the head of your bed facing South. It will
cause headaches. Something about the magnetic pull of the North or South
pole pulling on the fluid in the brain.
We re-arranged our bedroom two weeks ago and the head of the bed now
faces South. I have woke up with a headache 13 out of 14 days since the
bed was changed. Is there any truth to this. I heard this about 55
years ago and remember no bed in my parents house ever faced Sutth. Mostly
North or East.
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Old 21 June 2013, 05:05 PM
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My guess is that moving their bed coincided with another change (pulling summer sheets/bedding out and putting away winter linens) and pinged their allergies or something similar. Or perhaps that was the week that spring finally showed up in their area (it was aweful late getting around to a large swath of the Midwest this year) and their hay fever kicked in when they moved their bed closer to a window. Either that or the giant weather-control magnet is now online, which explains both the strange spring weather and their headaches!

I was given that second piece of advice as a fact from my own parents: never have the head of your bed under a window in the winter, and never push it up against the wall in summer. It took me an embarrassingly long time - I was living on my own as an adult, had moved into a new apartment, and was stressing over bed placement - to realize that those words of wisdom likely had everything to do with the poorly insulated windows in my family home than any sort of magical decorating rules. My current bedroom is set up so that my bed is both against a wall and by a window (and faces roughly South-Southeast, if I just did the measuring right), so I'm going to have to see if they make one of these in tinfoil. I don't want a headache!
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Old 21 June 2013, 06:03 PM
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Mine's been facing south for 27 years.

I don't wanna know...
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Old 21 June 2013, 07:03 PM
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Kind of reminds me of how one of my coworkers nearly stabs herself when she makes salad because her mother taught her that if you peel a cucumber away from you, it will be bitter. So she peels cucumbers with a knife by bringing it towards her. No amount of reasoning will change her mind.
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Old 21 June 2013, 07:12 PM
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Kind of reminds me of how one of my coworkers nearly stabs herself when she makes salad because her mother taught her that if you peel a cucumber away from you, it will be bitter. So she peels cucumbers with a knife by bringing it towards her. No amount of reasoning will change her mind.
No no no no no.

It's if you cut off the ends before you peel the cucumber that it will be bitter. Or after. I can't remember. It was definitely about the cutting off of the ends that affected the bitterness, not the direction of the paring stroke.

ETA: I usually peel toward myself with a paring knife, but away from myself with a vegetable peeler. I don't know how you can "almost stab yourself" if you are doing it properly.
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Old 21 June 2013, 07:15 PM
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Bitterness in a cucumber is, in fact, concentrated in the stem end, which may be the source of some of these traditions.

Cucumber bitterness explained

ETA: My ex used to tell me I was going to cut off my fingers because of the way I sometimes cut small vegetables -- hold the veggie piece in my hand, cut toward the finger. But he'd shoot his own argument in the foot by saying that his grandmother did the same thing. As I pointed out multiple times, his grandmother lived to be nearly 90 with all 10 fingers intact.
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