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HOWARD MEGDAL: I will come right out and say it: I do not understand tanning.

My understanding is that its origins come out of the tradition of those who lit themselves on fire to protest the Vietnam War. While this doesn’t make a tremendous amount of sense on its face- if you are burned to death, it becomes much harder for you to facilitate a ceasefire-at least there is a reasonable emotional link between hatred of an unjust war and self-immolation. It is an action that makes far less sense to get across the idea, “I like kittens!”

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: So, here’s the thing. I know tanning’s a bad idea. I read. I read stuff that tells me I’m going to die if I strip down, lube up, and hang out in one of those cancer coffins that shoots ultraviolet rays at me. But, I’m also vain. Tremendously vain. So, maybe I sometimes go to the tanning bed. Continue reading

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