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One of the coolest things about being a regular contributor to the _floss is this: when something unusual happens, I feel like I have an outlet "“ a captive, appreciative audience to share it with.

So freak on this for 2 minutes, if you will.

A year ago I called MLB.com (that's Major League Baseball for the athletically-acronym challenged) and asked them to cancel my monthly subscription that allowed me to watch out-of-market games online. A calmly man informed me it would be taken care of. After thanking him for his speedy attention to the matter, he replied with the new version of you're welcome "“ "no problem." and I foolishly took his word for it.

Now, fast forward to this past summer and I start to notice a monthly charge of $19.95 appearing on my credit card again. I start a series of disputes with them, and, after some annoying paperwork and a few calls to my credit card company, the charges are reversed. But they start showing up again last month. So I called MLB.com again, and was directed to the following voice-mail:

Is it me, folks, or is that a baby crying in the background??? Can you believe they asked this poor woman to record the outgoing message? Now, I know what it's like when your nanny doesn't show up, or your daycare is closed "“ when you have no option but to take your infant to the office. But come on now! Couldn't they get someone else to leave the outgoing message? Couldn't this poor woman ask a colleague to watch the baby for a minute?

Has anyone ever heard anything like it from a major corporation's outgoing message? And if you want to commiserate with your own "Help! I'm trapped in a monthly auto-bill and I can't get out!" story, feel free. Lastly, here's an equally funny outgoing message I recorded from a smaller, fly-by-night Internet phone company that suckered me, too. (click here for a recording of the actual recording I heard).

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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