>WAS MOM RIGHT?

“Parenting’s the last holdout of this weird oral tradition,” says the Jeopardy! champ, whose new book fact-checks received wisdom. On the scale of bunk to bank-on-it:

FALSE

TRUE

The ‘Five Second Rule’

MOSTLY FALSE

If food hits the floor and lands on E. coli, it’s contaminated, no matter how long it’s been there.

Drink eight glasses of water a day

FALSE

Unless you have a medical condition like kidney stones, there’s no need. We get enough liquid in our regular diet.

Sugar makes kids hyper

FALSE

Some research has even found that sugar has a calming effect on younger kids.

Never wake a sleepwalker

MOSTLY TRUE

But it’s dangerous for the waker, not the sleeper. Sleepwalkers are disoriented. You might get a sock in the jaw.

Chicken soup helps a cold

TRUE

The “Jewish penicillin” can act as an anti-inflammatory.




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