A while back we alerted you to a study that the Daily Mail reported suggested turning on the light during a late-night trip to the bathroom causes cancer. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that this is complete bullshit! The Guardian today points out today that this has been debunked in a number of places on the Internet. The study's authors told AOL Health that:
A quick switch on of the light will have negligible effects — we are talking about prolonged bright light exposure at night... The 'switching on of lights causes cancer when you go to the bathroom at night' is an eye-catching fabrication of the press.
We probably should have known better, given that the Daily Mail calls 'cancer' so often that there's a whole Facebook group devoted to the phenomenon. Here are just a few samples from the really impressive alphabetical list compiled by this group:
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