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.
©2012 Ken Jennings (P)2012 Tantor
"Jennings imparts wisdom and good sense in this highly entertaining and oddly educational book." (Publishers Weekly)
I would definitely recommend this audiobook! I love all of the great factual information that you learn while the author still keeps you fully entertained. I have already listened to it twice and recommended it to a lot of people. I am sure I will probably listen to it again too. Each time I hear it I pick up on more facts.
I loved learning the facts behind so many of the warnings and threats you hear as a kid. I kept thinking that my mom HAS TO listen to this one because there are so many things he proved wrong in this book that I heard my mom say to me growing up.
There are not really characters in this book. Ken Jennings does a good job of connecting with the listener though.
So many things! The proof or dismissal of so many "old wives tales"!
This is a must read/listen!
This is an amusing book of old wives' tales and parental guidance that are confirmed or dispelled. Remember waiting an hour after you eat before going swimming? False! In fact, competitive swimmers eat in between long workouts to maintain their energy level. Should you "starve a fever and feed a cold?" No. Just eat when you're hungry and get plenty of rest whether you have a fever or a cold. Should you go with your first answer on a test because your gut feeling is probably right? Again, no. You tend to remember the instances where you switched from a right answer to a wrong answer. However, studies reviewing where answers were erased and changed, it was just as likely to be switched from wrong to right. I would recommend this book to parents who don't want to pass down the same misinformation they received from their parents.
Oh definitely. We've all been lied to by our parents who were fed the same lies by their parents. It's fascinating to learn that the old wives' tales are bunk.
It's all memorable. The stories are engaging and interesting. Like an audio version of Mythbusters. I seem to recall one in particular about why we wash dishes with soap versus water alone. It would be great to have my ten-year-old listen to this as well.
Yes and I did.
I love Ken's take on life. He seems to be willing to look at any and all data in order to back up or disprove his long held beliefs. We should all be that way!
The one tweak I would do is to have the section title repeated right at the end of each section, just before he says "verdict, true/false". The way it currently is, it's easy to forget exactly how the section titled is worded, so by the time you hear the true/false verdict, you're not really sure exactly what is true or false. Since it's audio, it feels like the verdict applies to the very last sentence he says just before the verdict.
That's a small issue, it's an otherwise excellent book!
This book is a great resource to see where all those little bits of wisdom your mother and grandmother told you growing up came originated. Also to see if any or all of them are true even if not for the reason you were led to believe.
It was very interesting to hear not only things my mother used to tell me as I was growing up, but all the other stories of real and imagined hazards I'd never heard before.
I enjoyed this book and I like hearing books read by their authors, and Jennings was a good reader of his work.
I am a fan of trivia, so anyone that also enjoys useless information this book is alright. If you can catch anything that the narrator is saying. Everything comes into your ears so fast you don't even understand sentances, paragraphs, or chapters.
no no no no no no no. he is reading his own book so fast its like he found out he could narrate his own book! cool! I didn't win enough money on Jeapordy, I think ill take all the audbile money myself.
Just buy the book to read at your own pace. Holy Cow!
This is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time, I'd call it informingly entertaining.
I like the fact that the book was well-researched without taking itself too seriously.
This not being a novel, there were no scenes as such. It's difficult to pick a favorite section.
You paid eight bucks to see an informational video?
Since this isn't a novel, a lot of the questions don't really apply. But this really was a tremendous book. Jennings reads his own book very well, if slightly more quickly than I would have liked. Clearly, he has done careful research to be as accurate as he can be, so while I wouldn't regard the book as a textbook, it is still, I think, a good secondary source. Children will get a sense of why parents say the things they do, and parents may be able to laugh at themselves a little and be a little more realistic in their pronouncements. If you are neither parent or child, this book will still put a smile on your face.
Jennings gives us a glimpse of his own mind with lots of info about lots of things. Too many topics covered shortly for me to remember them all but I took away some learning about several items that were fun to discuss with friends later. I recommend it.
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