Did mom and dad really know best, or were they winging it? Does gum stay in your stomach for seven years? Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? Are you really supposed to feed a cold and starve a fever? Those are among the questions that record-setting Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings sets out to prove or disprove in his new book, Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids.
As in his previous book, Maphead--an Amazon Best Book of 2011--Jennings is a funny, nerdy, know-it-all companion. (His cred: 75 appearances and $2.5 million on Jeopardy!) Like Mythbusters for parents, Jennings debunks many of the edicts we all grew up with, revealing how little mom and dad knew about the job. Except for the one about not talking to strangers. Turns out that one stands the test of time and scrutiny.
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