Ken Jennings wants to find out if mother and father always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you’ll hurt your eyes!) 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 debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don’t talk to strangers, and so on.
This is a very short review for a short book with not much to talk about.
Overall, I’m disappointed. I’m a big fan of Ken Jennings, especially his book on trivia, Brainiac. I read the introduction to this book in the US Airways magazine on a flight recently and really thought I’d enjoy the book after enjoying the introduction so much. Well, that did not end up being the case. The introduction is the best part of this book. I’d dive in more, but the summary above should tell you everything you need to know about this book.
Verdict - Definitely a book to pass on, unless you are extremely interested in some of the topics Jennings covers in the book.