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    I have no idea what I would do in this situation. A family had to choose between being stuck in a burning car or to exit the vehicle and come face to face with hungry lions. It's a classic case of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, except for being crazy dangerous and potentially deadly, that is!

    This is what happened. A mother with her two young children, George, 9, and Charlie, 12, went on what should have been a fun and educational outing, but things went horribly wrong.

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    And in today's episode of Teenagers Do the Darndest Things, we have three teen boys who are going to cost taxpayers in Portland, Oregon major money: They trespassed and one decided to go and urinate in the city's reservoir. The fact that a young boy chose to relieve himself in a major, important body of water rather than, oh, I don't know, waiting and using a public toilet is reason enough to make you shake your head and wonder. Now consider the consequence of their actions: city officials are going to have to dump 38 million gallons of potentially contaminated drinking water thanks to their thoughtlessness.

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    Dozens of destructive tornadoes and storms swept across the Midwest this weekend, leaving at least six people dead in Illinois and demolishing countless neighborhoods, including Washington, Illinois -- where an entire segment of the community is now reportedly homeless. Seven counties in Illinois were declared state disaster areas and a total of 12 states were affected by the storms, which were all part of the same system: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York.

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    If you've ever wondered what a grown man would look like wrestling a 7-foot shark you're in luck. A grown man recently wrestled a 7-foot shark in Nantucket and the entire thing is caught on tape. It's crazy. It's scary. It's just plain odd. And also, it's pissing a lot of people off. Check out the insane video and then let's discuss why it's kind of understandable why some people would be peeved at this.

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    Haters gon' hate, you know? Some know-it-all "scientists" are claiming that the Loch Ness monster isn't some enormous, mystical, unimaginably elusive creature living in the Scottish lake of the same name and are insisting that the ripples, bubbles, and water bumps people are seeing are in fact caused by an "active fault" line running under the body of water. 

    Oh yeah. Ok. Sure. Whatever you say, "research experts".

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    Happy Earth Day, tree huggers! Monday, April 22 marks the 43rd annual Earth Day celebrations, and billions of people around the world are encouraged to take a moment out of their busy day to appreciate this beautiful, generous planet that we call home.

    But just how well do you know your mother Earth? After you're done reducing, reusing, and recycling today, take a gander at these 9 fascinating facts about our planet. She's worth saving, you guys. Heard it here first.

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    Banning plastic bags from grocery stores in recent years seems to be the hot new trend for progressive enclaves like Los Angeles and Seattle that, you know, care about the environment. Because apparently using plastic bags to carry your food purchases home is the equivalent of clubbing baby seals. Or something.

    Anyway, we’ve known for a while that reusable grocery bags can make you ill (it seems that not everyone knows you’re supposed to wash them after carrying your raw chicken home in them), but now a new unintended consequence has come up -- shoplifting.

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    Lots of people have some kind of phobia revolving around a particular creature: Spiders, sharks, bats, snakes ... goldfish. Fine, maybe that last one isn't quite as common as the others. FINE, maybe I'm the only person I've ever met who has a goldfish phobia! But I have a feeling I won't be the sole (HA!) human being with this fishy fear for long! Nope, now that MONSTER GOLDFISH are invading Lake Tahoe, I wouldn't be surprised if people started squishing goldfish and keeping spiders in bowls as pets.

    Although it is the whole "keeping as pets" thing that started what's sure to be remembered for centuries as the Monster Goldfish Apocalypse. Or, more accurately, the whole "dumping as pets" thing, officially known as "aquarium dumping."

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    The State of the Union Address 2013 was on tonight, but if you missed it, have no fear -- I’m here to recap it for you. It can be hard to keep everything the president says straight, especially when he says things that directly contradict with other things he’s said or done in the past. So just for fun, let’s take some of his best lines of the night and match them up against his record, shall we?

    There were too many shady statements to mention them all here or I’d bore you as silly as if you had actually watched the speech. For the sake of brevity, let’s just go over the top 13 things he said that made me snicker, guffaw, or face-palm.

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    It's unbelievable what human beings can actually live through: An 18-year-old Australian boy named Matthew Allen was recently discovered by hikers after spending 9 weeks lost in the bush -- during a record heatwave reaching temperatures of 113 degrees. 9 weeks!?!? 113 degrees!?!? I can't even imagine surviving 9 DAYS under those conditions. Granted, the poor kid wasn't in particularly great shape when the hikers found him: Allen was reportedly "highly disoriented, partly blinded, covered in leeches, and suffering from gangrene." Over the course of 9 weeks, he also lost approximately 90 pounds -- half of his body weight. Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.

    How on earth did this kid live through such an insanely harrowing and miserable ordeal?! Well, that's sort of the strangest part of this horrible story -- besides apparently drinking water from a muddy stream, no one really knows how he survived.

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