snopes.com  

Go Back   snopes.com > Urban Legends > Old Wives' Tales

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:21 PM
snopes's Avatar
snopes snopes is offline
 
Join Date: 18 February 2000
Location: California
Posts: 108,807
Goldfish Fish + milk = death

Comment: I live in East Texas and here are several "Old Wives' Tales" I
was told when I was growing up.

1. Drinking milk and eating fish at the same meal can set-up a "dangerous
chemical reaction" that can kill you.

2. If you step over someone (who is alive) laying on the ground it is bad
luck and you could die unless you step back over the person and then walk
around them. This also includes dead people in cemetaries!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:25 PM
Lachrymose's Avatar
Lachrymose Lachrymose is offline
 
Join Date: 31 March 2007
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,742
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post

2. If you step over someone (who is alive) [...] This also includes dead people in cemetaries!
lolwut....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:36 PM
Enchanting_eyes's Avatar
Enchanting_eyes Enchanting_eyes is offline
 
Join Date: 17 September 2003
Location: Jacksonville, FL.
Posts: 5,543
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post

2. If you step over someone (who is alive) laying on the ground it is bad
luck and you could die unless you step back over the person and then walk
around them. This also includes dead people in cemetaries!
But dead people are no longer alive, hence them not breathing and being buried in a cemetery.

So really what you are trying to warn us of is this: If you step over anyone dead or alive but especially either one of those, you have to step back over them and walk around or you could die.


E* I'll take that chance, too much walking*E
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:42 PM
crocoduck_hunter's Avatar
crocoduck_hunter crocoduck_hunter is offline
 
Join Date: 27 May 2009
Location: Roseburg, OR
Posts: 7,164
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post
Comment: I live in East Texas and here are several "Old Wives' Tales" I
was told when I was growing up.

1. Drinking milk and eating fish at the same meal can set-up a "dangerous
chemical reaction" that can kill you.
It never worked on my sister...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:47 PM
videoguy's Avatar
videoguy videoguy is offline
 
Join Date: 11 September 2006
Location: Clarence, NY
Posts: 1,190
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post
2. If you step over someone (who is alive) laying on the ground it is bad luck and you could die unless you step back over the person and then walk
around them. This also includes dead people in cemetaries!
Well, at least I know it's OK to step over a dead person that is on the ground.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:47 PM
snopes's Avatar
snopes snopes is offline
 
Join Date: 18 February 2000
Location: California
Posts: 108,807
Ponder

Quote:
it is bad luck and you could die unless you step back over the person
So otherwise, chances are that I'll never die?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 30 August 2009, 05:51 PM
Singing in the Drizzle Singing in the Drizzle is offline
 
Join Date: 24 November 2005
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 4,446
Default

Quote:
1. Drinking milk and eating fish at the same meal can set-up a "dangerous
chemical reaction" that can kill you.
I can think of lots of recipes that call for milk with cooking fish. Can also find them in restaurants. So I'm guessing the health department do not have an issue with this as long as there is nothing wrong with ether of the ingredients.

Quote:
2. If you step over someone (who is alive) laying on the ground it is bad luck and you could die unless you step back over the person and then walk around them. This also includes dead people in cemeteries!
Well if the person decides to sit up just as you are stepping over them could be bad luck and cause you death. Old graves were known to collapse do to the body decomposing and that could also lead to serious injury or death. I do not see how backing over ether will help at all since it double the risk.

Thinking about it. I can be pretty darn sure whether you step over or go around someone living are dead, you are going to die sooner or later.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 30 August 2009, 06:07 PM
Joostik's Avatar
Joostik Joostik is offline
 
Join Date: 14 July 2003
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Posts: 1,789
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post
1. Drinking milk and eating fish at the same meal can set-up a "dangerous
chemical reaction" that can kill you.

The combination of fish and milk is bad according to Russian folklore as well. No mention of any fish recipies with cream sauce could convince my wife and friends otherwise: my stomach upset was wholly to blame on drinking milk after eating fish.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 30 August 2009, 06:19 PM
RivkahChaya's Avatar
RivkahChaya RivkahChaya is offline
 
Join Date: 14 July 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 12,275
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snopes View Post
Comment: I live in East Texas and here are several "Old Wives' Tales" I
was told when I was growing up.

1. Drinking milk and eating fish at the same meal can set-up a "dangerous
chemical reaction" that can kill you.
So, McDonald's fish sandwiches are deadly?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 30 August 2009, 07:39 PM
crocoduck_hunter's Avatar
crocoduck_hunter crocoduck_hunter is offline
 
Join Date: 27 May 2009
Location: Roseburg, OR
Posts: 7,164
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RivkahChaya View Post
So, McDonald's fish sandwiches are deadly?
Yes, have you seen how much Saturated Fat they contain?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 30 August 2009, 08:16 PM
babyshoes's Avatar
babyshoes babyshoes is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 788
Default

I've never heard the fish+milk one; I was told quite seriously, though, by a number of people that eating cherries and drinking milk at the same meal would kill a person.

Didn't bother me, I hate cherries.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 30 August 2009, 08:25 PM
RivkahChaya's Avatar
RivkahChaya RivkahChaya is offline
 
Join Date: 14 July 2006
Location: Indiana
Posts: 12,275
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by babyshoes View Post
I've never heard the fish+milk one; I was told quite seriously, though, by a number of people that eating cherries and drinking milk at the same meal would kill a person.

Didn't bother me, I hate cherries.
That was Zachary Taylor's last meal, and he died of some sort of food poisoning, but the cherries had been out in the sun, and had been picked and put out for him no doubt by people who didn't know about handwashing or the germ theory. And the milk was not Pasteurized. His food poisoning had nothing to do with the combination of cherries and milk. I'd never heard this particular UL, but I'd bet money that's the origin.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 30 August 2009, 08:34 PM
Mad Jay's Avatar
Mad Jay Mad Jay is offline
 
Join Date: 19 July 2003
Location: Virginia
Posts: 13,466
Default

I have heard a lot of the fish with milk rumor in India. I think by mother stills believes it. THe old wives tale is that eating fish with milk will cause indigestion.. You don't go as far as dying
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 30 August 2009, 08:34 PM
babyshoes's Avatar
babyshoes babyshoes is offline
 
Join Date: 30 June 2006
Location: Virginia
Posts: 788
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RivkahChaya View Post
That was Zachary Taylor's last meal... but I'd bet money that's the origin.
Oh, yeah--but try explaining that to true believers! It was strange; the only place I've ever heard that particular UL is on the Northern Neck of Virginia.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 30 August 2009, 08:48 PM
franjava's Avatar
franjava franjava is offline
 
Join Date: 23 August 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,130
Icon19

My grandfather believed that milk+fish=death. Fortunately for me, it's just a myth. Otherwise I would have died when I was in elementary school!
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 30 August 2009, 10:16 PM
Avril's Avatar
Avril Avril is offline
 
Join Date: 07 August 2002
Location: Princeton, NJ
Posts: 9,550
Default

We'd all have died in elementary school!

And I would have died last week! About three times!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 30 August 2009, 10:38 PM
diddy's Avatar
diddy diddy is offline
 
Join Date: 07 March 2004
Location: Plymouth, MN
Posts: 10,652
Default

Well fish and milk does cause a reaction with me, but that is mostly because I am not a big fan of fish... In fact the only kind of fish that I like is canned tunafish - mixed with other food.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 31 August 2009, 02:23 AM
Lgreywolf's Avatar
Lgreywolf Lgreywolf is offline
 
Join Date: 20 May 2002
Location: North of Boston, MA
Posts: 748
Default

I'd think all the folks who enjoy bagels with lox and cream cheese would have put that particular notion to rest.

Or does it have to specifically be milk, and all other dairy products are okay?
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 31 August 2009, 07:04 AM
BamaRainbow BamaRainbow is offline
 
Join Date: 09 May 2006
Location: Montgomery, AL
Posts: 927
Default

To lgreywolf: Since the old wives' tale specifically states "drinking" milk, I'd have to say other dairy products are perfectly a-ok. (OTOH, maybe lox doesn't count as fish and cream cheese doesn't count as milk, but ONLY when put on a bagel. )
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 31 August 2009, 04:40 PM
Cervus's Avatar
Cervus Cervus is online now
 
Join Date: 21 October 2002
Location: Florida
Posts: 19,680
Default

After having eaten probably hundreds of fish dinners over my lifetime accompanied by a glass of milk (my standard dinner beverage), I can assure everyone that I'm very much alive.

Quote:
Originally Posted by babyshoes View Post
I've never heard the fish+milk one; I was told quite seriously, though, by a number of people that eating cherries and drinking milk at the same meal would kill a person.
They've never had a cherry vanilla milkshake?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 12:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.