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  • Krentcil waits to be arraigned in Newark on May 2, 2012. (Julio Cortez/AP)

    Patricia Krentcil, the New Jersey woman dubbed the "Tanning Mom" after she was arrested for allegedly taking her young daughter tanning, wants people to know she's not the leather-faced lunatic the media has made her out to be.

    "I'm up at 3 in the morning, making sure all the wash is done," Krentcil told the "Today" show from her Nutley home in a taped interview that aired Monday. "My husband goes to work at 4:30, he works from Wall Street. And then I make pancakes, pack their bags, and they're all off and gone. And then I work all day inside and outside of this house."

    The 44-year-old mother of five—who pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges earlier this month—said she did not take her then-5-year-old daughter into a tanning bed with her, as prosecutors claim.

    "She never went in," Krentcil said. "She never went in."

    Police were called to her daughter's school after the girl complained of a sunburn, but Krentcil says her daughter got the burn while swimming in a pool—not from the City Tropics salon Krentcil frequently visits.

    "It was beautiful out, and they went into the kiddie pool," Krentcil said. "She's a redhead. She got sunburnt."

    "Every allegation was wrong, and I just want people to leave us alone," she said. "I didn't do anything wrong. Is there something wrong about getting your nails done, or somebody who smokes too much?"

    Krentcil added: "I'm sorry, I'm tan. I like to be tan. It just feels good. I really think these moms [criticizing me] need to step off."

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  • At 14 foot, Ram Singh Chauhan has the world's longest mustache (AFP/Getty)

    Ram Singh Chauhan of India has the world's longest mustache, 14 feet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

    Chauhan had received attention long before entering the world record books. According to the London Telegraph, his famous facial hair was featured in the 1983 James Bond film "Octopussy" and he has made cameos in several Bollywood films.

    And the 54-year-old has offered some grooming tips to the BBC for anyone interested in sporting some unusually long facial hair.

    For starters, he says start growing your facial hair at an early age because a decrease in hormone production in later years will inhibit its growth. His second major tip is to regularly groom your facial hair.

    Chauhan tells the BBC he uses coconut oil on his mustache and enlists help in the maintenance process. "I massage it and oil it regularly and I wash it every 10 days which takes a long time," he said. "My wife helps me."

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  • Photographer ‘blows away’ subjects


    An eye-popping photo series shows that perhaps there is no "good side" when your face is getting blasted by powerful gusts of wind.

    Lithuanian photographer Tadas Cerniauskas from the Tadao Cern studio created the work entitled "Blow Job."  He took the photos during a design exhibition in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.

    "I wanted to do something very fun for myself and the visitors, just laugh and have a good time. I was surprised that there were so many laid-back people who were not afraid to look funny!," he said about the shoot, according to the Boredpanda.com blog.

    "Everyone was crying with laughter, laughing at themselves and at each other. Everyone (and there were more than one hundred!) who dared to stand up in front of my lens that evening will remember this photo shoot for a long time and have an extraordinary shot in his album," says Cerniauskas.

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