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Because I Said So! : The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids
by Ken Jennings

Overview - Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay like that
Feed a cold, starve a fever
Don't touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out
Never run with scissors
Don't look in the microwave while it's running
This will go down on your permanent record
Is any of it true?
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Overview
Don't cross your eyes or they'll stay like that
Feed a cold, starve a fever
Don't touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out
Never run with scissors
Don't look in the microwave while it's running
This will go down on your permanent record
Is any of it true? If so, how true? Ken Jennings wants to find out if mother and father always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll hurt your eyes ) or swallow your gum (it stays in your stomach for seven years ) or crack your knuckles (arthritis ) are called into question by our country's leading trivia guru. Jennings separates myth from fact to debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don't talk to strangers, and so on.
Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok. Whether you're a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of "any "age) looking to say, "I told you so," this is the anti-helicopter parenting book you've been waiting for.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451656251
  • ISBN-10: 1451656254
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publish Date: December 2012
  • Page Count: 237


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Books > Humor > Form - Trivia
Books > Reference > Trivia
Books > Humor > Topic - Marriage & Family

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-10-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Jeopardy! champion Jennings (Maphead) tackles the not-so-trivial matters of parenting advice in his latest eye-opening book. With his trademark wit and genius, he dissects common phrases most adults say to their children at one time or another. Using solid research, he judges whether long-held beliefs are true or false. For example, are poinsettias really poisonous? Definitely not, he writes, citing a hilarious study to prove his point. Part entertainment and part informative, in a style that’s reminiscent of a quiz show, he assures parents that most of the things we worry about won’t hurt us at all. Talking to strangers isn’t so dangerous and those silica gel packets in pill bottles won’t kill anyone. Some of the topics—don’t sneeze or your eyeballs will fall out—are obviously false, but he skillfully generates interest by telling the reader how these myths originated. And, of course, a few bits, like “don’t stare at the sun,” are true. Jennings imparts wisdom and good sense in this highly entertaining and oddly educational book. (Dec.)

 
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