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

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 4, 2012 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS. - 237 pages
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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.

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Run between the raindropsyou wont get so wet
You can still get sunburned on a cloudy day you know
Dont touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out
Put on a hatmost of your body heat escapes through
Feed a cold starve a fever
Nope nothing but soda Itll settle your stomach
Take off the BandAid and let the cut air out
Those are just growing pains
You need eight glasses of water every day
Dont chew your ice its bad for your teeth
Put down the lid before you flush Youre spreading
Dont swallow your toothpaste its bad for you
Yuck get a Qtip and clean out your ears
If you keep wearing lip balm your lips get addicted to it
Dont cross your eyes or theyll stay like that
Its too dark to read in here youll hurt your eyes

Stand in the middle of the escalator or you might get sucked under
If you crack your knuckles youll get arthritis
Never play around refrigeratorsyoull get trapped inside
If you swallow watermelon seeds theyll grow in your stomach
Apple seeds are poisonous
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
No snacks youll ruin your dinner
Stop opening the door and peeking in the oven All the heat
Youll shoot your eye out
Dont eat that right before bed youll have bad dreams
Dont give those bones to the dog
Chew on your pencil and youll get lead poisoning
Dont flick the light switches off and on it wastes money
Never run the microwave empty
If youre mad just go let off some steam

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About the author (2012)

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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