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Because I Said So!

Because I Said So!

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

  • bestseller
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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  • Scribner | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451656275 | 
  • December 2012
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Because I Said So! Labs: Running With Scissors

What are the effects of running with scissors? Ken Jennings, record setting Jeopardy! winner and New York Times bestseller, investigates.

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Don’t let anything get in the way of your Halloween fun this year. In this hilarious account, Ken Jennings, author of Because I Said So!, debunks some of the most exacerbated urban legends—or what he likes to call “proaxes”—that can destroy...

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Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings grew up in Seoul, South Korea, where he became a daily devotee of the quiz show Jeopardy! In 2004, he successfully auditioned for a spot on the show and went on an unprecedented seventy-four game victory streak worth $2.52 million. Jennings’s book Brainiac, about his Jeopardy! adventures, was a critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, as were his follow-up books Maphead and Because I Said So! Jennings lives outside Seattle with his wife, Mindy, his son, Dylan, his daughter, Caitlin, and a small, excitable dog named Chance.

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