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When we think of the leaders of the American Revolution, how many of us actually consider the ages of the men and women involved in securing our liberty from Britain? In doing research for his book, author Todd Andrlik compiled as thorough a list as he could to show that in fact, many of the founding fathers were younger than 40, some even in their twenties. The average age of those who put their names to the Declaration of Independence was 44, and more than a dozen of those were 35 or younger.
“We tend to see them as much older than they were,” said John Adams biographer David McCullough in a 2005 speech. “Because we’re seeing them in portraits by Gilbert Stuart and others when they were truly the Founding Fathers—when they were president or chief justice of the Supreme Court and their hair, if it hadn’t turned white, was powdered white. We see the awkward teeth. We see the elder statesmen. At the time of the revolution, they were all young. It was a young man’s–young woman’s cause.”
Check out the list after the jump: (asterisks mean that there is evidence the person’s age is not precise — only the birth year is known)
Whenever I go to the gym (hey, I do sometimes), I notice that a fair amount of people, usually young girls, make their way to a little corner shop dedicated to altering the color of one’s skin. I’ve never understood tanning booths, probably because I’m an olive-skinned-exotic-man (that’s right!), but here’s something all of you teenagers who use tanning booths should know: indoor tanning is horrifically bad for you. It’s not like, “oh man my skin feels icky” bad. It’s like, “oh man, I have cancer” bad.
Aaron Carroll has the goods: tanning before the age of 25 increases the probability of skin cancer by 50-100 percent, and melanoma (a type of skin cancer you DO NOT WANT) increases by almost 2 percent with each freaking tanning session. But take a look at the chart above and marvel at how many people still use indoor tanning salons! Seriously appalling:
This is so, so, so, so, so, so, so bad for you. Why don’t I see rage against this in my inbox like I do for diet soda? Why can’t people differentiate risk appropriately?
And who would fight a tax on this?
Who would fight a tax? Well, here’s a guess: it rhymes with schmepublicans.