I have a friend who swears Listerine is a miracle wonder drug. She sprays it on cuts, insect bites and uses it as an insect repellent. Her family compares her to the guy in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" who thinks Windex is a cure all. My friend also says that gargling with Listerine can prevent colds. That seemed to make some sense to me. I'm thinking that the bad little fellas that make us sick like to hang out in our throat and that Listerine kills germs. I have been gargling and I haven't gotten a cold yet this year even though my wife has one. May be just a coincidence I don't know. I makes more sense to me than the people who keep onions on their desk here at work to keep them healthy. How does that work? I was a child in the 1950's. Back then cough syrup still contained codeine. Sometimes at bed time my mom would line up all six of her children and give each of us a spoon of cough syrup. She said it was to prevent colds. I think it was so she could get some sleep. My in-laws are from Central America. There was a day each year when my mother-in-law would get a belt and whack all her kids on the back of their thighs so they would grow tall. They all hated that and used to run from her. What about you? Have you been involved or seen any unconventional, wacky or even practical practices like this?