Actually, Factually: A Fascinating Collection of Myths, Mistakes, and Misconceptions - with the Truth Behind Them
Actually, Factually: A Fascinating Collection of Myths, Mistakes, and Misconceptions - with the Truth Behind Them by Guy Campbell, illustrated by Paul Moran
Here is a fascinating collection of misunderstandings, myths, mistakes, and misconceptions that kids enjoy talking about, reading about — and debunking when they are able.
Is it possible to use an umbrella as a parachute?
Can you fly away by holding a big bunch of party balloons?
Do hair and nails continue to grow after a person dies?
Is it really dangerous to eat before you go swimming?
The correct answers to these and many more questions are presented, and augmented with reasons why many incorrect answers have captured the popular imagination and continue to be believed.
This is a great book for browsing, for putting an end to old arguments — and maybe for starting a few new ones.
Cartoon style black-and-white line illustrations are on most pages.
Can you answer these questions?
1. Which of these man-made objects is visible from outer space?
(a) The Egyptian Pyramids (b) The Great Wall of China (c) The Empire State Building
2. Your hair and nails continue to grow after you die.
(a) True (b) False
3. Can you fly away by holding a large bunch of party balloons?
(a) Yes (b) No
4. What is the approximate memory span of a goldfish?
(a) 5 minutes (b) 1 day (c) 3 seconds
5. Lightning never strikes the same place twice.
(a) True (b) False
6. Which event inspired the famous children’s verse “Ring Around the Rosie”?
(a) The Battle of Gettysburg (b) The Black Plague (c) The Chicago Fire
Open this book and you’ll find amazing answers to these and many more questions. You’ll also find out why so many incorrect answers and fraudulent facts have captured the popular imagination and continue to be believed.
We love to use this book with kids during lunch and dinner - it starts some very interesting conversations and gets kids thinking and talking. A fun book for the entire family!
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