Because I Said So!

Because I Said So!

[the Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, & Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids]

Book - 2012
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Ken Jennings is here to tell us that mother and father didn't always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you'll go blind!), 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 humorously debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don't talk to strangers, you'll get worms from cookie dough, and so on. Combining the Q&A tradition of Why Do Men Have Nipples? and the anti-helicopter parenting philosophy of The Dangerous Book for Boys, Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amuck, armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids). 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 book you've been waiting for.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781452629742
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 30 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Jennings, Ken
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Sep 18, 2017

The premise of the book is things your parents told you and whether they are actually true (like "if you get an air gun you'll shoot your eye out"). The audiobook is read by the author. He reads/talks very fast and I found this book only consumable in small quantities. Too much of it would drive you crazy. Also, some of his humor I found borderline inappropriate. Really only recommended for those who care about trivia.

Jun 29, 2016

There are so many good facts in Ken's book that I can't remember them all. It is very entertaining and I think it would be a good book to own to reference. Ken does a good job reading it.

Apr 18, 2013

Jennings does a good job reading for the audiobook.

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