I adore urban myths and "the common knowledge". The following is now making the round on the internet these days and received from half a dozen sources by email:
"In 1919. When the flu killed 40 million people, there was this doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu. Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it, and many died. The doctor came upon this one farmer, and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.
When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home (probably only two rooms back then).
The doctor couldn't believe it, and asked if he could have one of the onions, and place it under the microscope. She gave him one, and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore keeping the family healthy.
Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in Arizona. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers.
The next year, she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work .. . . (And no, she is not in the onion business.)
The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home. If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office, or under your desk, or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year, and we never got the flu. If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case. Whatever, what have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties".
Psychology, anthropology, sociology, physics, chemistry and mathematics have one thing in common and that is a highly technical term to describe such conclusions. That term is "abject nonsense" or, if one prefers "pure and unadulterated bullshit".
Let me give an example. On the Greek island of Corfu, the vast majority of people who live both in Corfu town and in the countryside hang cloves of garlic at each of their windows, this because they believe it prevents vampires from entering and taking their souls. That it works is obvious to all Corfiots. After all, no-one on the island has been bitten by a vampire since 1686.
Not to misunderstand - I love onions. I love them raw, fried, steamed, boiled as part of a soup. I love them in the form of onion rings and as part of many salads. I can even enjoy a mustard and onion sandwich from time to time. Despite that, ain't gonna be no bowls of onions scattered around my home or office!