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Does Speaker Boehner really just eat a hell of a lot of carrots?

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Conspiracy theories abound in Washington. And aside from the missing Malaysian plane being taken over by something supernatural, this one takes the cake. Or the carrot, as the case may be.

Digg released a list this week of all kinds of  household shit that will kill you. You know, stupid stuff like eating 136 ounces of gorilla glue, consuming spoonfuls of cinnamon, trying to digest a ton of spoiled potato skins, or drinking multiple cans of Pantene anti-frizz hairspray. Or how about consuming roughly four pounds of carrots a week? This could turn you orange. Or as New York’s Animal blog put it, the color of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

We knew it’s not year round golf, as the formal reasoning goes. But could carrots really be at the root of Boehner’s suntanned skin? If you eat four pounds of carrots for eight months, reports Digg, you’ll suffer a condition called Cartanemia. Eat 39 pounds and the whole thing could turn out really bad.

The subject of Boehner’s tanned skin emerges so often in Washington and beyond that the joke borders on grating. But like the missing plane story, it’s not going away anytime soon. In December, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas broke the news that Boehner rents his apartment from a tanning bed lobbyist. Most recently, in late February, Boehner skin talk surfaced at a presser in which a reporter cracked, “Nice tan, sir.”