>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:
The ‘Five Second Rule’
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
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
Some research has even found that sugar has a calming effect on younger kids.
Never wake a sleepwalker
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
The “Jewish penicillin” can act as an anti-inflammatory.