Today was my first Adelaide Clipsal 500 experience.
Science and technology were everywhere, including:
- Incredibly fine-tuned petrol-run racing machines;
- Engineering teams at the ready, including one from The University of Adelaide;
- The fighter jet fly-by, in which the visual experience of the aircraft over pit straight took place several seconds before its sound arrived at the same point.
What staggered me the most though were the pit girls. Staggered, I was! Each racing team had a posse of these paid-to-pose young ladies. Incredible hair, breasts and outfits. And tans. The tans were something to behold.
What is the science behind fake tans?
According to About.com,
the most effective sunless tanning products are lotions and sprays containing dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the upper layer of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application.
Sugar sticking to dead cells, huh. Funny what counts as sexy.