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Record-setting Jeopardy! champion and author of Planet Funny Ken Jennings “reveals the truth behind all those things you tell your children” (Parade) in this entertaining and useful New York Times bestseller “armed with case histories, scientific finds, and experiments on himself and his own children” (Los Angeles Times).

Is any of it true? If so, how true? Ken Jennings wants to find out if parents always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television or swallow your gum or crack your knuckles 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 plagued by needless concern 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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" Because I Said So! is the MythBusters of old wives'' tales. But beware: it could be a dangerous book if it falls into the wrong hands; namely your kids''. All of us can look back on the cautionary admonitions our parents and grandparents used to shout at us when we were in the middle of fun, and now our suspicions that they were hokum are verified! But we have to keep this to ourselves. If our kids get a hold of this book, we''ll have nothing left to kill their joy with. So buy this book, read it, and then hide it away!" -- Ken Denmead, New York Times bestselling author of Geek Dad

“A fun, lighthearted compendium of conventional wisdom, mostly parental, which debunks plenty of old wives’ tales and urban myths while offering a few surprising truths…. ‘Occasionally Mom knew what she was talking about,’ as this clever book confirms, but often she did not.” ― Kirkus Reviews

"With his trademark with and genius. . . . Jennings imparts wisdom and good sense in this highly entertaining and oddly educational book." ― Publishers Weekly

"Sets aside esoterica in favor of the received wisdom of American parenting. . . . Jennings maintains his humor and warmth, keeping everything on the level of friendly, well-researched advice from the dad down the street who, by the by, would totally own your ass on trivia night at the neighborhood pub. Because I Said So! is breezy and illuminating, a mix that would be more volatile in less capable hands." ― The A.V. Club

"Armed with case histories, scientific finds and experiments on himself and his own children, Jennings let us in on what we really need to worry about ... and whether parents can now say ''I told you so!''" ― Los Angeles Times

"Jennings examines dozens of parental warnings, scoring their veracity against the most up-to-date scientific knowledge he can find. The result is highly engaging, occasionally surprising, and even somewhat useful. . . . If this book keeps one kid from having to wait an hour between eating and swimming, it will have done its job." ― Boston Globe

"Ken Jennings reveals the truth behind all those things you tell your children." ― Parade

About the Author

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! He is also the author of Planet Funny. Jennings lives in Seattle with his wife Mindy and two children.

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JudithTop Contributor: Jigsaw Puzzles
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HIghly entertaining and informative
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2018
Ken Jennings is a lot cooler than he appeared when he was on Jeopardy. This guy is very funny. He has a self deprecating sense of humor that sneaks up on the reader. His humor is a lot cooler than I would have expected. The premise is taking all the things your parents... See more
Ken Jennings is a lot cooler than he appeared when he was on Jeopardy. This guy is very funny. He has a self deprecating sense of humor that sneaks up on the reader. His humor is a lot cooler than I would have expected. The premise is taking all the things your parents or teachers told you, and fact checking them. These are things like if you cross your eyes they will stay that way; if you crack your knuckles you will get arthritis; if you touch a baby bird that has fallen from its nest the mother will abandon it; etc. He goes on to examine things like, just how dangerous is it to run with scissors; can you really die from popping pimples (yes, you can); is breakfast really the most important meal? This book started a lot of fun conversations for us. Highly recommend, and I hope Jennings keeps writing.
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lynn
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very entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
Who knew Ken Jennings was SO funny?! This book is an easy & entertaining read. Also, pretty informative. It will make you chuckle. Looking at other Jennings books
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TravellingCari
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Fingernail bezoars!
Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
An interesting mix of long debunked tales and some I realized I still believed (don''t eat apple seeds). A nice, light read with citations to back up the ones he debunked. Like the addition of the readers'' questions in the Kindle edition
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Mom Cooper
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Researched Answers to Burning Questions
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
These include those things we hear from our parents, like carob is better for you than chocolate and tastes the same (the answer? No and No). Nice little read.
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Marty Boyzuck
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Should be required reading for all parents!
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
An easy read about the story behind the story for things we probably take for granted each day.
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Sherry Cadarette
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
Fun book with lots f interesting facts
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2018
Super book! Great gift.
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Brendan Vaughn
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Totally enjoyable and an easy read for anyone
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
Ken has an amazing way with words and I really enjoyed his family anecdotes and research. Easy to read chapters and I would recommend this book to anyone!
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Stuart Butler
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 14, 2013
Present for my Mother (who used "because I said so!") with aplomb. Although it''s full of Americanisms it''s still funny,
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Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings...interesting read...
Reviewed in Canada on January 24, 2013
"Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings" is great for people who love factoids and a good laugh. Many of the things I heard as a kid are in this book, and it''s nice to find the truth out about each one...
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