Urban legends are wonderful things. We all know a few of them: the spider under the public toilet seat, the alligator in the sewer… We all know they aren’t true. And yet, sometimes we forget.
Secular urban legends inspire you to check the toilet for an alligator before you sit down (because it never hurts to be careful). Similarly, Bais Yaakov urban legends encourage you modify your behavior for the better, lest you bring another earthquake on Tibet.
Here’s one, courtesy of Blondie, MD:
In high school, a teacher was giving a talk about tznius, and she told a story about a woman who struggled for years knowing that her sheitel was too long and attracting but she just couldn’t bear to cut it. Finally, she got up the strength to cut it just two-and-a-half inches — not really short enough, but two-and-a-half inches.
The next day her husband was in a car accident. It was a messy accident and a piece of metal was shoved through the side of the car and buried itself in the car seat, just clipping his shoulder. The doctor said that if it had been just two and a half inches over it would have pierced his heart and he wouldn’t have made it.
It was the same number of inches that she’d cut her sheitel!