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

Ken Jennings, Author
Ken Jennings. Scribner, $19.99 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4516-5625-1
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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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