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Family Strings Half a Million Christmas Lights
An Australian family have put 31 miles’ worth of Christmas lights — a total of 502,165 bulbs — on their home. The family started stringing them up in October. They’ve set a new world record but it’s come at a cost. Their electric bill has shot up to $2,200 a month and some of their neighbors have stopped speaking to them.
Angelina Jolie Buys Brad Pitt an Island
What do you get for the man who has everything? Angelina Jolie reportedly bought a heart-shaped island for partner Brad Pitt’s 50th birthday. The island has two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Pitt’s favorite architect, and is off the coast of New York. The island cost $19 million.