Because I Said So!

Because I Said So!

The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

Book - 2012
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New York Times bestselling author and all-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings delivers a characteristically engaging and surprisingly useful new book, revealing the truth behind all the terrible things our parents used to warn us about.

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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451656251
Characteristics: xvii, 237 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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KCLSRecommends Oct 07, 2014

Local Jeopardy! grand champion explores all those myths of childhood – like: you shouldn’t swim for an hour after eating! – and finds out from experts how true any of them are (and most aren’t!)

sarazor Jun 19, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. Ken Jennings did a great job combining humor to interesting facts. A great book.

Jul 07, 2013

An excellent companion to Jan Harold Brunvand, Cecil Adams and Mythbusters, this collection centers on the things that parents have said to their kids. The humor really comes out in the writing, and I found this to be a nice light read for the summer.

Best thing I learned - just how much bacteria is spread around the bathroom by not putting the lid down before flushing. Yech! (Jul 4-6)

ksoles May 27, 2013

"Because I Said So" provides a lighthearted compendium of conventional wisdom, debunking old wives' tales and offering a few surprising truths.

Jeopardy! braniac Ken Jennings has “compiled 125 of the nagging Mom-and-Dad-isms that we all grew up with, and then [] meticulously researched the scientific evidence behind them.” In a humourous, edgy tone, he proves that you don’t need to wait an hour after eating before swimming, that masturbation will not result in hairy palms, that sitting too close to the TV isn’t all that bad for your eyes and that eating the Christmas poinsettia leaves won’t kill you. But, in case readers needed convincing, bicyclists should always wear a helmet and breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

Mar 12, 2013

Very entertaining, and although the information here isn't new, I did learn some things.

elgersma1 Feb 24, 2013

A great read, even my kids enjoyed bursting some of these bubbles!


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