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John Taylor thinks more people should consider owning exotic animals as pets. Taylor owns a menagerie of snakes, geckos, pythons, tarantulas and alligators and writes and blogs about living with reptiles at and for Herpeteculture House, a digital magazine about reptiles. Below, he talks with Kristi Eaton of Out of the Storm News about owning these offbeat creatures without breaking the bank.

Like many college graduates, Heather Adessa went out into the real world unsure of what she wanted to do. The 26-year-old took the first job she could find that paid the bills after graduating from Manhattanville College in 2006. She soon discovered she disliked everything associated with working a desk job. Then the recession hit [...]

Twelve prisoners have been executed in the United States so far in 2011. Kristi Eaton speaks with Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, about how much taxpayers spent to end these lives.

Q&A: Dotty Scott Has Never Had Health Insurance, And Prefers It That Way

by Kristi Eaton on April 8, 2011

Dotty Scott has never had health insurance. But unlike many of 50 million Americans without coverage, Scott, 42, prefers it that way. In fact, the Washington resident has come up with her own way of handling healthcare expenses. She talks with Kristi Eaton about her unique arrangement.

There’s no two ways about it: Losing weight can be expensive. There’s the pricey gym membership, the extra cost for eating fruits and vegetables over the $3 bag of Doritos and, once it’s all done, the small fortune on a new wardrobe to show off your hard work. But Coloradan Marcia Noyes, director of Public [...]

We’ve all heard of Groupon. We’ve probably all bought one of the discount coupons to save $7 at the local pizza joint or get $12 off the next eyebrow wax. But could you image living off Groupon coupons — and nothing else — for one year? That’s exactly what Josh Stevens from Chicago is trying [...]

If your own safety and security aren’t reason enough to drive cautiously, Allstate Insurance is hoping money may entice drivers to slow down and drive less. The insurance company is offering discounts to drivers who voluntarily install devices in their cars to record certain driving habits. Called Drive Wise, the pilot program is being unveiled [...]

Steve Kamb is getting ready to embark on an 11-month, 35,000-mile trip to four continents in 2011. The flights for the round-the-world trip are costing Kamb, the founder of, a total of $418. How is Kamb able to fly the equivalent of 1.5 times the circumference of the globe for $418 you ask? By [...]

We heard yesterday from a lawyer who is so chagrined about her employment possibilities that she put her law degree for sale on eBay. So law may be a bad bet – how about college? OOTS News contributor Kristi Eaton set out to see how things are faring for college grads, and to find out: [...]

“ gets a stigma from people whenever they hear ‘rent a friend,’” says Scott Rosenbaum, the creator of the site. “But it’s not like that at all. There are thousands of reasons why people would want to rent a friend, and I’d say about ninety-nine percent of them have nothing to do with desperation.”

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