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Florida Woman Hit with Staggering $200,000 Cell Phone Bill

If you think your cell phone bill is high, you haven’t met Celina Aarons.

The Florida woman added a cell phone to her account for her mute and hearing-impaired brother, who didn’t know to turn off his data roaming when he was recently in Canada. Since his only form of communication with the phone is via text messages, those international data rates added up quickly — to the tune of over $200,000 in one month.

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Man Caught at Swiss Airport Trying to Smuggle Tarantulas

A Swiss man returning home from the Dominican Republic was busted by custom officials at the Zurich airport with a whopping 261 endangered Mexican tarantulas, which he had packed into individual plastic bags and stuffed in his luggage.

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Wild Animals Escape and Terrify Ohio Community [VIDEO]

An Ohio man who owned an exotic animal farm released his animals to the wild and then committed suicide on Tuesday, according to police.

Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead in his home near Columbus, OH by the sheriff’s deputies, who say his body had been disturbed by animals. Authorities will not comment on how Thompson killed himself.

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Brave Firefighter Catches Boy Dropped From Third-Story Window [VIDEO]

On Monday, a Roxbury, MA firefighter took heroism to new heights by catching a terrified boy dropped from a window in a burning apartment building, according to ‘Today.’

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Vietnamese Woman’s Face Ages 50 Years in Just a Few Days [VIDEO]

Every woman of a certain age knows the horror of waking up to find a few new wrinkles, but Nguyen Thi Phuong lived a worse nightmare. This 23-year-old Vietnamese woman woke up one morning three years ago and looked 50 years older than she was.

The young woman was given medication for a seafood allergy that may have caused a reaction in which her skin aged decades in a matter of days.

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Toddler Suffering From Rare Disease Pica Will Eat Anything – Even Glass [VIDEO]

If you think your toddler eats everything in sight, you haven’t met Natalie Hayhurst.

The three-year-old is normal in many ways, but her appetite for non-edible items — a rare medical condition called Pica — is a real cause of concern.

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Mimes Patrol South American Streets in the Name of Safety [VIDEO]

On the noisy streets of some South American cities, police have a new ally in their efforts to encourage drivers and pedestrians to follow traffic laws: mimes.

The brightly-dressed mimes in cities such as Caracas, Venezuela and Sao Paulo, Brazil silently admonish rule-breakers with gestures as simple as a wagging finger or by encouraging drivers to stop, slow down or otherwise change their reckless driving habits.

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Seattle ‘Superhero’ Phoenix Jones Arrested

For about a year, a man using the pseudonym Phoenix Jones has donned a costume and mask and prowled the streets of Seattle in an effort to thwart crime. But early Monday morning, it was the self-styled superhero who found himself behind bars.

Seattle police say Jones approached a group of people at about 2:30 a.m. and assaulted them with pepper spray. The individuals involved say they were “dancing and having a good time” after leaving a Seattle nightclub, but Jones maintains they were fighting and he was simply breaking it up.

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English Cliff Crumbles Into Ocean [VIDEO]

The coastal region of southwest England has been battered by storms lately and this stunning video captures its more drastic effects when the entire face of a cliff in Cornwall crumbles into the sea.

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Woman Gives Birth Shortly After Finishing Marathon

Amber Miller finished the Chicago Marathon three hours off her pace on Sunday, clocking in at six hours and 25 minutes.

But there’s a good explanation for why.

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