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

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

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By (author) Ken Jennings

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Hardback | 237 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 23mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 4 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451656254
  • ISBN 13: 9781451656251
  • Sales rank: 229,461

Product description

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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Ken Jennings broke game show records in 2004 with his unprecedented seventy-four game, $2.52 million victory streak on "Jeopardy!." Jennings's book "Brainiac," about his "Jeopardy!" adventures, was a critically acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller, as was his follow-up, "Maphead." He is also the author of "Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac." Jennings lives in Washington with his wife Mindy, his son Dylan and daughter Caitlin, and a deeply unstable Labrador retriever named Banjo.

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""Because I Said So!" is the "MythBusters" of old wives' tales. But beware: it could be a dangerous book if it falls into the wrong hands; namely your kids'. All of us can look back on the cautionary admonitions our parents and grandparents used to shout at us when we were in the middle of fun, and now our suspicions that they were hokum are verified! But we have to keep this to ourselves. If our kids get a hold of this book, we'll have nothing left to kill their joy with. So buy this book, read it, and then hide it away!"--Ken Denmead, New York Times bestselling author of Geek Dad