Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Mythbusting Author Learns To Keep Her Mouth Shut

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A mythbusting author in London is learning to keep her mouth shut – one random fact at a time.

Writer Andrea Barham has just penned The Pedant’s Return (Bantam), a book that sets the record straight about myths people think are wrong that are actually right, and she stands behind her factoids.

For example, Barham has discovered that apples really can be poisonous, since their seeds have cyanide in them, that male seahorses actually give birth, that eating too many carrots will turn you orange, and that the “S” in President Harry S. Truman’s name doesn’t stand for anything.

But although Barham is proud of her mythbusting research, sometimes she prefers staying mum about her finds.

She explains, “Some of my facts are so weird that people still don’t believe me when I tell them things. When I first started researching fallacies, I would go around correcting everyone I knew with my own information, even at parties. I would get these really strange looks from people, so now I’ve learned to hold my tongue. I don’t want to ruin someone’s story at a party with a contrary tidbit – then nobody will invite me out anymore!”

The Pedant’s Return hits shelves Tuesday (Sep. 4).

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