Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Because I Said So!

Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales & Warnings Every Generation Passes Down To Its Kids
 By Ken Jennings
Scribner, 2012. 237 pgs. Nonfiction

Is that feather you picked up in the parking lot really as saturated with deadly germs as your mother warned you? Are there really additional nutrients in the crust of bread warranting their consumption? Will sitting too close to the TV really injure your vision? Parents work so hard to protect their precious young ones from all the dangers of our world. But are those dangers actually as dangerous as we were led to believe? Ken Jennings has saved you the trouble of researching all those little warnings your parents or grandparents shared with you and that you may have already passed along to the next generation. Some warnings are completely legitimate, others are completely bogus, the rest are somewhere in the middle.

Jennings provides these answers with actual facts and a healthy dose of humor. "Because I Said So!" is a completely entertaining literary "Mythbusters." The short essays covering each topic make for a quick read. Jennings may have earned his initial notoriety by winning on "Jeopardy!," but he has since earned the right to be considered an exceptional writer as well.


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