Man Sets Jaw-Dropping World Record Stacking Coins, Woman Fired From Animal Shelter After Taking Pictures of Dogs

Melissa Knowles
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Ever wonder if you might be able to break a world record with your spare change? Well that's exactly what Tai Star from Tucson, Arizona, did. Star filmed himself strategically stacking more than 3,000 coins on top of a single dime. To make the feat even harder, he performed this task on the corner edge of a table. It took him seven hours to complete the vase-shaped tower consisting of 600 quarters, 501 dimes, 313 nickels, almost 1,700 pennies, and 5 foreign coins. Add it up, and that's more than $230 in change. Star uploaded the video to the website In the time-lapsed video, you can see the coins collapse at one point. In keeping with his patience, Star carefully starts stacking again. This is not the first time that Star has tried to set a world record and succeeded. He currently holds 11 unique records on the site, from tallest tower to tallest coin tower and, of course, most coins on one dime--a record he has broken twice. Talk about a star being born. On Twitter, @RELEVANT, the Twitter handle for Relevant Magazine, tweeted, "This guy stacked 3,100 coins on top of a single dime. He probably always wins at Jenga."

A woman was fired from her job at the Animal Care and Control Shelter of New York City for taking high-quality photographs of dogs. Emily Tanen used her $1,500 camera to take pictures of the dogs in hopes that the new pictures would increase the dogs' likelihood of being adopted. Only there was a problem. For one, photographing the dogs was not part of Tanen's job description. Also, the ACC has a strict policy on taking images of animals that mandates how the animals can be photographed, and how the images can be used. Another rule also forbids showing humans in the photos. Because some of Tanen's photos included people, she was fired in May. We spoke to Tanen, who tells Trending Now that the pictures were just an excuse for firing her, alleging that her bosses "hated [her] because [she] would complain about how poorly the ACC was run." The ACC would not respond to our request for comment.

Rescue groups have told Tanen that her pictures often persuaded them to take animals that they may not have otherwise. After Tanen was fired, a number of petitions began appearing online. A Facebook group called "Reinstate Emily Tanen" has more than 3,000 members, and an online petition has more than 4,000 signatures. Tanen says she's flattered, but she does not wish to be reinstated. Right now, Tanen is trying to expand her own rescue shelter and is working in the diamond industry.

Tanen is not the only photographer advocating the use of high-quality photos of animals to increase pet adoption. CBS News ran a story on professional photographer Teresa Berg, who in her spare time photographs homeless pets in her studio in Dallas, Texas. Berg said, "I can't stand the thought, that for want of a good picture, a dog goes homeless." So a few years ago, Teresa began offering her sessions "pro bono."