Credit: Paul Zimmerman/ Getty Images Photo: Snooki Flashes a Peace Sign at the Daily Beauty Bar at Townhouse Spa on September 13, 2011

Hey, remember when Anderson Cooper was a respected journalist who braved war zones to bring America the real news? Yeah, well, now he's a talk show host who strips off his shirt and hangs out with Snooki.

On his new daytime talk show, Anderson, the journalist spent a day with Jersey Shore’s favorite meatball, Snooki, so he could bring us the real story behind tanning salons. And also to get a tan, because, as Snooki points out in the video, the man was pale. Clearly, this needed to be rectified.

Watch the video to see the Coop shirtless — he actually has "a huge peanut muscle," as Snooki puts it — and to learn about all the nuances of spray tanning. Did you know you could tan yourself to bigger muscles? Maybe that explains The Situation’s 8-pack abs!

Source: Andersoncooper.com

Credit: YouTube Photo: Snooki and Anderson Cooper Go Tanning!