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Daily Curiosities for Thursday, August 16, 2018

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What's Safer: Artificial Tanner or Sunbathing?

What's Safer: Artificial Tanner or Sunbathing?

There's a classic "Seinfeld" episode where Kramer starts sunbathing in butter. It works out great for his tan — but it also cooks him to Thanksgiving-turkey perfection. Now, the truth is "smelling too delicious to my closest friends" isn't very high on the list of dangers associated with suntanning, and the episode didn't devote much screen time to the threat of skin cancer. It also didn't broach the subject of artificial tanner. We're pleased to inform you that artificial tanner won't cause cancer like sun exposure will — but confused to also announce that people who use it are about as likely to develop cancer as people who sunbathe. Wait, what?

The Michelangelo Phenomenon Shows How a Romantic Partner Can Bring Out Your Best

The Michelangelo Phenomenon Shows How a Romantic Partner Can Bring Out Your Best

Businessman Jim Rohn famously said that we're the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If one of those five is a romantic partner, then their influence on you is probably disproportionately high. But we're not saying that's a bad thing. In fact, that can be a really, really positive thing. Our evidence? The Michelangelo phenomenon.

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