Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Random doesn't even begin to describe it.

I was watching a cooking show today. They were featuring carrots and how good they are for your eyes. The guy on TV said that once upon a time they used to feed military pilots so many carrots, in hopes of improving their night vision, that the pilots would turn orange!

Now all I can think about is eating a lot of carrots to see what would happen.

UPDATE:
Oh my gosh, someone DID try this! She was kind enough to blog it as well. Carrot Experiment!

9 comments:

Earl said...

I've witnessed this! One of my roommates one year in college ate baby carrots with ranch dressing as a snack every day. At first I thought he was using that fake tan stuff and asked him about it. He freaked a little when he realized his skin was turning orange, so he went to the doctor and the doctor said it was the carrots! It was quite funny.

MJAPA said...

I wonder how many carrots I would have to eat before I would change color?

Earl said...

I don't know, I would guess that my roommate ate them daily for at least a month, maybe two...

Kate said...

I went through a carrot juice phase several years back and my skin definitely took on an orange tint. It's definitely for real.

MJAPA said...

That is so neat. I guess red peppers can do it too. I wonder if Beets would?

Kate said...

I dunno about the skin, but beets definitely change the color of what comes out of your body... and it can really freak you out if you're not prepared for it!

Deb H said...

I wonder if green peppers would do it. You could look like an alien!
It probably wouldn't take you too long to look a little orange since you already have those skin tones inherited from me.

drake leLane said...

Probably the most famous example of carrots turning skin orange was Susan Dey, back when she was on The Partridge Family.

She had an eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa which is an unhealthy obsession with what the sufferer considers to be healthy eating (in this case, only carrots.) Dey was down to 92 lbs but wouldn't acknowledge it as a problem until one day Danny Bonaduce (who usually hit on her) admonished her at a cast party by saying "what's wrong with you?! Your skin is orange!"

Can you imagine how much base they had to use in make-up for her everyday on the set?

*fun random (and scary) fact - Danny Bonaduce is my sister-in-law's brother-in-law.

drake leLane said...

Here's Susan Dey's Wikipedia entry which brings up her orange skin issue.

 

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