US Airways - January 2013 - (Page 128)
an Excerpt from a Great new Book
True or False?
That’s the question Ken Jennings asks us when we recall the bromides our mothers offered when we were kids — and that we in turn pass on to our children. Chew with your mouth closed. Don’t swim for an hour after eating. Keep crossing your eyes and they’ll stay that way. Jennings, the record holder for winnings ($2.52 million) on Jeopardy! and the author of Brainiac and Maphead, applies science to the adages we’ve all heard. And the results are surprising. We’re happy to offer the introduction to his latest book, which we found to be insightful and entertaining. —Lance Elko, Editor
I was sitting in my parents’ kitchen not long ago when my young son, Dylan, came whipping around the corner with a grape Tootsie Pop firmly clamped in his teeth. “Whoa, slow down!” I said. “What if you tripped and fell on your face? The lollipop stick would get jammed right through the roof of your mouth!” Dylan’s eyes got wide. “Could that really happen?” I had to admit, I had no idea. This was something my mother had told me repeatedly while I was growing up, but it’s not like I’d ever dug into the relevant medical literature or consulted with surgeons.
What do you do when a nine-year-old calls your bluff? “Of course it’s true!” I told him. “Go sit down at the table until you’re done with your lollipop.” Just like with terrorists and bears! You can’t show any doubt or weakness! I found my mom and asked her to back me up: It’s true about lollipop sticks and horrific puncture wounds, right? She had no idea. “That’s what Grandma used to tell us,” she said. “I think it also happens in a Chaim Potok novel. The Chosen, maybe?”
Copyright © 2012 by Ken Jennings. Reprinted by permission of Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - January 2013
US Airways - January 2013
Table of Contents
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Fantasy Trips
Hub Crawl: Boston Logan International Airport
Wine & Dine: Martinis
Adventure: Scotland Golf
Adventure: Skiing Whistler Blackcomb
Great Escapes: Quintero Golf Club
Gear Up: Pet Gifts
Travel Feature: Aruba — Little Island, Big Presence
US Airways Vacations
Celebrate San Francisco
The Cactus League
Must Read: Because I Said So!
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - January 2013