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Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, & Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Dec 2012

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (4 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452609748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452609744
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By Stuart Butler on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
By Geraldine Ahearn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bestselling author and well-known for success on the game show Jeopardy, Ken Jennings chronicles a fun-filled presentation on parental wisdom in relation to the old wives' tales passed down from generation-to-generation. A book of old memories for thousands of parents who could relate, and the children who could not forget. Although some statements are hilarious, others were thought-provoking,such as 'Don't talk to strangers!' The author investigates reasons why hundreds of statements were used in different situations and may have worked with good results for our children, but concludes in investigation that many were in fact not true. An old one that we all heard of for years was 'Starve a fever-feed a cold!' As I find myself soaked in guilt along with millions of other parents, I must totally agree with Ken Jennings on scientific findings through experiments, facts, and results. I remember a statement that was extremely funny, but worked at the time. 'If you do that in the pool, then the water will turn purple!'. As several myths began to spread like wildfire across the map of generations, the more funny they sounded, but also more children began to question their own curiosity, and the author put the experimental results to the ultimate test. This is a fun trip down memory lane for parents and children as the reader will chuckle on the entire journey. Entertaining, interesting, and a fun read throughout. Highly recommended!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Fun read as a parent 5 Dec. 2012
By A. Zards - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A fun and easy read down memory lane for a parent.

I'm reading this book I'm remembering all the myths and misinformation I was told as a child, and now I find myself still telling MY kids. The author covers the myths, and explains them with some fact finding measures, and rates how true or false they are. You'll have some laughs and at least in my case, take a fun trip down memory lane and recall on how funny it must of been believing some of this schoolyard folklore.

And will I still be telling my kids some of these myths after the explanations? Absolutely! :)
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
An educational (and enjoyable!) read... 12 Dec. 2012
By Travis Hill - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Because I Said So!" was a good time. I don't have kids, but I was certainly told many of these myths when I was younger!

After a read through, it is obvious the author put a lot of time and effort into compiling a wide variety of studies and used quality sources. He has done a great job in arriving at clear cut answers whenever possible, and explaining where things are still murky or unknown. I laughed- and groaned happily- through the jokes. The selection of these generational tales and the author's entertaining voice really make this a unique book in the 'mythbusting' genre.

Highly recommended for yourself- and as a reasonably priced gift for that person in your life who is otherwise hard to shop for. I think just about anyone who sits down to read this book will find the time well spent.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining, Informative, My Teen Loved It 1 Mar. 2013
By Guest Hollow - Published on
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We all grew up with a plethora of "wive's tales" that just seem to get passed on from generation to generation. You know the adages like: "Don't run with a sucker in your mouth", "Check your Halloween candy for needles & poison", "Feed a cold, starve a fever". How many of these sayings are based on truth and how many of them are totally (or partially) fiction? Ken Jennings takes a number of these well known sayings and picks them apart - examining each one for every grain of truth AND just plain old baloney. At the end of each segment you know just where the saying came from and what parts are true or not true based on science, observation, experiments, etc. and all the while you'll be highly entertained by Ken's lighthearted and humorous style of writing.

The book is separated into several sections as you can see from the book preview. It covers a great deal of territory: everything from health related adages to sayings that have to do with the seasons, eating, school related things, grooming, warnings...if you've heard it, it's probably in this book. ;-)
I swear I heard almost every single saying growing up and have said more than a few to my own kids, LOL. There were some definite "aha!" moments as I realized that some of the things I thought I knew, I didn't really and vise versa.

My teen son also read this book and LOVED it. He kept coming over to share new things he learned. One word of warning to parents though, there are a few concepts you might not want your younger children reading about like the section entitled, "If you keep touching it, you'll get hairy palms and go blind!" Nothing like having your teen strike up a conversation about THAT. *cough* There are also a couple of other potentially objectionable topics like tampon use and flat chests. Otherwise the rest of the book is a lot of wholesome fun.

Because I Said So would be a great book to read out loud in during a long car ride or when you are feeling crummy and want something light-weight and fun. It's also a great book to take along for when you are waiting for an appointment or something like that as the segments are short and quick to read. It would also make a terrific gift for those people you just have no idea what to get, especially teens.

We were able to try out the Kindle version and the audio book. The Kindle format is easy on the eyes without any formatting problems. The audio book is narrated by the author. He doesn't have the most "beautiful" voice on the planet, but it's a fun, quirky voice and all the humor of the book comes shining through in the way he reads it. In some ways it was more fun to listen to than to read (which is not my usual preference). Either way - the book or the audio version - I highly recommend Because I Said So. It's entertaining, informative and just plain fun.

*I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review - and no, I don't always give out good ones, LOL...I always write up my opinion good or bad! :-)*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Ken Jennings Knows 19 Jun. 2013
By N. Dearman - Published on
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I watched Ken Jennings on Jeopardy and knew that he knew lots of things. So, I was excited to get this book. He explained a lot of those things my parents told me and I in turn passed on. Unfortunately, the gems I passed on weren't necessarily correct.
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