Writer Andrea Barham has just penned The Pedants 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. Trumans name doesnt 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 dont 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 Ive learned to hold my tongue. I dont want to ruin someones story at a party with a contrary tidbit then nobody will invite me out anymore!
The Pedants Return hits shelves Tuesday (Sep. 4).
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