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Burned By Clouds

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Puzzle ID:#32583
Fun:*** (2.37)
Difficulty:** (1.11)
Category:Science
Submitted By:metallicman*us***
Corrected By:cnmne

 

 

 



Tinman is VERY afraid of going outside. He is very obsessive, and one thing he obsesses about is cancer. He is constantly afraid that he will get skin cancer from the sun, and therefore stays inside as much as possible. One cloudy day, his parents finally persuade him to go out and play. He gets his dog, Babycakes, and plays outside with the dog for a good 6 hours. He never knew it was so fun! When he walks in the door, he notices that he is massively sunburned! How did he get burned so badly if there were clouds overhead?


Answer

Even though a lot of the sunlight doesn't get through the clouds, a large percentage of the UV rays that cause your skin to get burnt and to get cancer still make its way through the clouds. Tinman didn't know that. At least he learned something new.
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