Did Jerry Rubin, the former Yippie leader eat so many carrots he turned orange? (I read that many years ago in an East Bay Express article.)

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    The condition is called Carotenosis. It's not extremely rare, it's harmless, and it can be treated by simply stop eating carrots.
    – Schmuddi
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 6:47
  • related: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/39608/…
    – DavePhD
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 14:10
  • I think a broader 'Is it possible for someone to eat so many carrots that they turn orange?' would be a good contribution.
    – Roger
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 14:51
  • All it needs to make it a good skeptics question is a better notable claim ("This source did say it at this time" rather than "I think I remember this source sayign this onece years ago".)
    – Ben Barden
    Commented Feb 7, 2019 at 15:40

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According to Jerry Rubin, Washington Post, 18 October 1981:

Rubin was taking so much carrot juice his legs turned orange

And the 15 February 1976 New York Times book review Growing (Up) At Thirty‐seven says:

He got into health food and drank so much carrot juice that his legs turned orange

So this story comes from Rubin's own 1976 book Growing (Up) at 37

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