Bikini model claims ‘breast implant illness’ left her with bald spot, rash

Nearly eight years ago, Sia Cooper couldn’t wait to become a better version of herself, thanks to her new breast implants. “It gave me confidence,” the 29-year-old fitness trainer and Instagram model @diaryofafitmommyofficial tells The Post. But the new Sia Cooper didn’t last long. “My health started changing for the worse.” Believing she was suffering from “breast … Continue reading “Bikini model claims ‘breast implant illness’ left her with bald spot, rash”

Nearly eight years ago, Sia Cooper couldn’t wait to become a better version of herself, thanks to her new breast implants.

“It gave me confidence,” the 29-year-old fitness trainer and Instagram model @diaryofafitmommyofficial tells The Post. But the new Sia Cooper didn’t last long.

“My health started changing for the worse.”

Believing she was suffering from “breast implant illness” — a controversial and theoretical autoimmune disease which sufferers believe is caused by silicone implants — Cooper eventually decided to have her implants removed.

“I thought fatigue, hair loss, acne — these things were normal [new] mom things,” says the Florida mother.

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Each year, she says, “I [felt] worse than I did the year before.”

She’d experience facial and abdominal rashes, brain fog, chest pain and joint inflammation so bad she couldn’t lift weights anymore. Eventually, she was losing hair “in clumps” and sleeping 12 to 14 hours a day.

She’s had nonstop blood tests, X-rays and doctor consultations, with results always normal, negative of any conditions.

“I felt so helpless.”

Recently, in a post unrelated to her mysterious symptoms, she divulged to her inquiring Instagram followers that she had breast implants. They responded with comments about breast implant illness.

“It planted a seed in my head,” she says. “Maybe this is it.”

While the FDA does not recognize a breast implant illness (BII) diagnosis, it also states on its website that BPI cannot be entirely dismissed without “much larger and longer” studies. (It also notes a “low but increased likelihood” of being diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a cancer of the immune system.)

Dr. Daniel Maman, of Manhattan-based 740 Park Plastic Surgery, says Cooper’s symptoms are exceedingly rare and there’s “no medical justification” for them.

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“Breast implants are the most studied implanted medical devices in the world,” Maman tells The Post. “There has never been a scientific study in any credible medical literature showing an association” between autoimmune diseases and breast implants, “period.”

“There are women certainly that have these unexplained illnesses and then miraculously get better once the implants are removed,” he admits. “But there’s always a placebo effect.”

Cooper — who has no family history of autoimmune diseases — also decided to see the cosmetic surgeon who gave her the implants. In tune with Maman and a majority of their community, he told her there’s little evidence to support BII.

Cooper knew there was no assurance a breast “explant” would help, but, she says, “I was willing to try it.”

Less than two weeks ago, she traveled from her home in Destin, Fla., to Newport Beach, Calif., to have her implants removed by Dr. Jae Chun — a cosmetic surgeon popular in the explant community for his support of these claims. The surgery cost about $7,600 — about $2,100 more than her implants cost in 2011.

“I [can] take a deep breath for the first time,” she says, even with her mending chest. Her posture has improved, inflammation and acne are subsiding, and she’s had a boost of energy. “I have been so productive . . . My body just feels better.”

“I took my doctor for his word,” says Cooper, who wishes she’d asked more questions before getting the implants.

“I just want women to educate themselves — which is something I did not do,” she says. “Do your own research. Be your own health advocate.”

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Tumblr: Sorry about the rocky porn ban rollout

Tumblr probably won't win back any users affected by the platform's new porn ban, which went into effect Monday. But that isn't stopping the company from trying.

On Monday, Tumblr issued an apology for the porn ban's rocky rollout. It also claimed that no content is being purged from the platform; affected posts are simply being hidden from public view.

That means content creators still have time to download and migrate their past posts to an alternative platform—assuming they don't deliberately run afoul of Tumblr's new anti-porn rules.

"We're removing content, not people. However, those who repeatedly and deliberately post new content that violates our updated guidelines may have their account deactivated per our Terms of Service," the company said in a support page post.

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  • Users most infuriated by the porn ban include erotic artists, free speech advocates, and members of the LGBTQ community, who say Tumblr is effectively banning certain sexual content from the mainstream internet. Tumblr disagrees; it noted that you can still write about sex on the platform. Users are also free to post nude images and videos related to gender-confirmation surgery, art, or political speech.

    "We fully recognize Tumblr's special obligation to these communities and are committed to ensuring that our new policy on adult content does not silence the vital conversations that take place here every day," the company added in its blog post.

    But whether Tumblr and its computer algorithms can distinguish between legitimate content and pornographic imagery remains in question. To enforce the ban, the company said its anti-porn systems have been scanning through "tens of billions of GIFs, video and photos" and trying to flag that that actually depict sexual activities.

    Unfortunately, the system is far from flawless. Users have been noticing Tumblr mistakenly flagging images of dogs, Jesus, and superheroes as sexually explicit.

    "Having a post mistakenly flagged as adult totally sucks; we understand and agree that there have been too many wrongfully flagged posts since we announced the policy change," Tumblr said on Monday.

    The company promises that its anti-porn detection systems will improve over time. But in a bit of irony, Tumblr is also asking the public to report when the system flags the wrong content. "With tens of billions of GIFs, videos, and photos to review and millions of new posts every day, we really need your help to get it right," the company said.

    However, users most affected by the ban may not care; some have been instead calling for a boycott of Tumblr.

    Tumblr announced the porn ban weeks after the company's iOS app was temporarily pulled from Apple's App Store over child pornography found on the platform. In April, the US also passed a new anti-online sex trafficking law, called FOSTA, which opens the door for criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits against websites that faciliate prostitution.

    Tumblr has provided a link to users who want to appeal wrongfully flagged posts. If you want to export your blog from Tumblr, you can go here to learn how.

    This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

    Facebook blasted by dozens of civil rights groups for ‘generating bigotry’

    A coalition of civil rights organization slammed Facebook for "generating hatred and bigotry" in a Tuesday letter addressed to CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg.

    The open letter – signed by 31 different groups, including Muslim Advocates, MoveOn, CREDO, MomsRising, the National LGBTQ Task Force, United We Dream, and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice – hits the tech giant for failing to heed repeated warnings about hate speech and groups that harness the ubiquitous social network to stoke religious, racial or political resentment.

    "We asked you to take immediate action to stop abuse on the platform. Recent news demonstrates, however, that Facebook was not only looking the other way in response to our concerns but also has been actively working to undermine efforts by those who seek to hold the company responsible for abuses on the platform," the letter states.

    The line above is a reference to Facebook's hiring of a GOP-tied firm that, among other things, looked into whether liberal financier George Soros was shorting the company's stock after he labeled the tech giant a "menace" in a speech early this year. According to critics, the firm, Definers Public Affairs, used anti-Semitic tropes to target Soros.

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    "Out of your need to treat those leveling legitimate critiques against Facebook as your enemies, you jeopardized the safety and security of people who have dedicated their lives to the common good," the letter says. "This decision crossed all lines of common decency."

    The letter demands a series of major changes at the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company, including that Zuckerberg and Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg both step down from the board of directors as long as they retain their current titles; that the company expand its board by at least three members to "reflect the diversity" of its 2.2 billion active monthly users; and that the board appoint an independent and permanent civil rights ombudsman, who would also serve as a board member, to "conduct consistent and ongoing reviews of the civil rights implications of Facebook's policies and practices."

    On Tuesday, Sandberg released an update on the tech giant's civil rights audit, which the COO said is one of her top priorities for 2019 and very important to her. The ongoing audit has been helmed by Laura Murphy, a prominent D.C. civil rights and civil liberties leader.

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    The civil rights audit update, which states that Murphy's team has spent hundreds of hours meeting with advocates from communities representing 90 different organizations, is primarily a look back at previously announced policy changes and updates from 2018 to address civil society groups' concerns about voter suppression, content moderation and enforcement, advertising, algorithmic bias, privacy, transparency, accountability and diversity.

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    "We have witnessed some progress and tangible results, including policy changes, improvements to enforcement, and greater transparency in certain areas," Murphy, who worked for 17 years as the ACLU's legislative office director, says in the update. "Facebook has sought to deepen its engagement with the civil rights community through this process."

    For 2019, Facebook plans to focus first on making more progress in the areas of content moderation, which the company has said will be an area that is always being worked on, and creating a "civil rights accountability infrastructure" to "ensure that the changes it is making are systemic" so that civil rights issues are considered on the front end as Facebook rolls out new products, features and policies.

    Still, civil rights advocates pushed back hard on the audit update and said they expect much more from Zuckerberg's social network.

    "Muslim Advocates and our partners demanded this audit in 2017. Laura Murphy's thorough preliminary report makes clear that Facebook has done little to meaningfully address the bigotry and discrimination that pervades its platform. Sheryl Sandberg's introduction indicates a lack of understanding that, after years and years of abuse, significant reforms are urgently needed now," said Muslim Advocates' special counsel for anti-Muslim bigotry, Madihha Ahussain, in a statement.

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    Ahussain continued: "We stand by our letter demanding serious changes to Facebook's board. The board is not in a position to hold its management accountable, it doesn't match the demographics of its user community, and it doesn't understand civil rights and serious reforms to it are necessary to protect vulnerable communities."

    "This report is long on excuses and short on meaningful progress. It is not enough to merely identify the many challenges that we have explained to Facebook. It is hard to take seriously a paper-thin promise without a timeline, benchmarks or accountability mechanism," said a statement from Color of Change, a racial justice organization that met with Sandberg amidst the Definers controversy.

    Color of Change continues to demand a C-Suite level "Chief User Advocate" who would work in close consultation with civil rights groups, a public report with recommendations and a timeline for implementation, the creation of a public-facing board committee or task force that has all the resources needed to implement any changes from the audit, and the release of all documents produced by Definers Public Affairs and other firms used to undermine the credibility of civil rights organizations.

    In a pair of reports released this week and prepared for the U.S. Senate, Facebook was faulted for allowing a massive Russia-led campaign that sowed racial and political discord in the U.S., systematically targeted African-Americans and tried to recruit them as "assets" in the years before the 2016 presidential election.

    At the conclusion of the post, Murphy notes that Facebook plans to issue another civil rights audit update in 2019.

    Separately, the NAACP returned on monetary donation from Facebook and called on users to log out of the social network and the other platforms it owns on Tuesday because of the company's "engagement with partisan firms, its targeting of political opponents, the spread misinformation and the utilization of Facebook for propaganda promoting disingenuous portrayals of the African American community."

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

    Facebook’s photo bug: How to see if you were exposed

    Facebook has, yet again, goofed. On Dec. 14, the company announced that it inadvertently exposed 6.8 million users' photos to third-party apps that weren't supposed to have them.

    If you granted a third-party app access to your Facebook photos from Sept. 13-25, 2018, the bug allowed it access to all of your photos, not just those posted on your timeline. This means photos you posted privately, or those you didn't finish uploading, might be there.

    Facebook promised that it would send a notification to users who were exposed. However, if you don't want to wait around, you can check for yourself.

    If you want to be super thorough, you can check any third-party apps that you may have granted photo permissions to during this time. Or, you can follow these steps as a shortcut.

    1. Log into your Facebook account. Open Facebook and type your username and password into the text boxes in the top right corner. Or select, your profile picture on the left.

    2. Go to this page in Facebook's Help Center. 

    3. Scroll to the middle of the page. If your account was impacted, you'll see a list of apps that may have had inadvertent access to your photos. If your account was not impacted, you'll see a message that says "Your Facebook account has not been affected by this issue and the apps you use did not have access to your other photos."

    If Facebook says your photos were impacted, make sure to check the apps it lists and delete any photos that shouldn't be there.

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    Mysterious Twitter bug linked to ‘unusual activity’ from China and Saudi Arabia

    A mysterious Twitter bug has been linked to suspicious activity from China and Saudi Arabia.

    “We have become aware of an issue related to one of our support forms, which is used by account holders to contact Twitter about issues with their account,” explained Twitter, in a statement released Monday.

    The bug could be used to discover the country code of people’s phone numbers if they had one associated with their Twitter account, as well as whether or not their account had been locked by Twitter.

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    Twitter began working to deal with the bug on Nov. 15 and fixed it the following day. However, the company’s investigation into the mysterious issue has led to China and Saudi Arabia.

    “We observed a large number of inquiries coming from individual IP addresses located in China and Saudi Arabia,” it said. “While we cannot confirm intent or attribution for certain, it is possible that some of these IP addresses may have ties to state-sponsored actors.”

    The issue did not expose full phone numbers or users’ other personal data, according to the San Francisco-based firm.

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    The hack has prompted speculation that the bug may have been used to target dissidents.

    Fox News has reached out to Chinese and Saudi authorities with a request for comment on the mysterious bug.

    Twitter revealed the bug on the same day that two separate reports revealed the bewildering scale of Russia’s social media campaign to sow discord in the U.S.

    In October Twitter also released an archive of more than 10 million tweets originating in Russia and Iran, which it says demonstrates efforts to spark friction in America.

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    CNN’s Fareed Zakaria: Wyoming having same number of senators as California is a ‘structural problem’

    CNN hosts Fareed Zakaria and Don Lemon expressed their frustration with the electoral map and the structure of Congress, calling the Constitutional concept of equal representation in the U.S. Senate a "structural problem."

    In a Washington Post op-ed, Zakaria weighed in on the “new dividing line in Western politics,” which he describes is the “less-educated rural populations” he calls “Outsiders’” who “feel ignored or looked down upon” and “feel deep resentment towards metropolitan elites.”

    “If you look at the people who feel the most outrage… it tends to be on the older side, white men with less education who live outside cities,” Zakaria told CNN host Don Lemon. “Because in a way, their world has been upended. They lived in these small towns and they felt they had a lot of status, they had a steady job, and that world has gone away and that world has been replaced by, you know, the jobs are gone, that status has gone away with the rise of a much more diverse, heterogeneous society.”

    Zakaria then pointed to a study which determined that 75 percent of the economic gains since the 2008 recession “have gone to the 50 top cities in America,” and noted that all the cities together “occupy 3.5 percent of the landmass of America.”

    “So what’s happening is economic activity and opportunity is being concentrated in these small, you know, strips on the coast and a few cities in the center,” Zakaria elaborated. “And the people who are not there feel like they’ve just been left behind and they once had status and now they’re angry and resentful.”

    “But that’s where the populations are,” Lemon told Zakaria, who noted that 70 percent of Americans live in cities. “That’s what has people so upset. And now you see resentment on the part of people who live in the city because they feel they’re being represented by a smaller group in the country… Next year, we’re going to have a Senate that the majority represents a minority of Americans in this country.”

    “Well, another way to put that statistic is 30 percent of America is now electing 70 percent of the Senate,” Zakaria replied. “All those states with — you think of Wyoming. It has roughly a million people. It has two senators. California with 70 million people has two senators as well. So we have a kind of structural problem here where the land is being overrepresented. The people are being underrepresented. So both sides feel deeply wronged.”

    What wasn’t acknowledged by either of the CNN hosts is that in the House of Representatives, Wyoming only has one representative while California has 53, the most of any state.

    Town council trashes illegal garbage truck

    What comes around goes around.

    A garbage truck got trashed by a town council in England after it was spotted being used to illegally toss rubbish on the road.

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    Fly-tipping, as it’s called, is an ongoing issue in the London borough of Bromley, where costs for clean-up are over $300,000 annually, so the authorities have hired private eyes who used close circuit cameras to catch culprits, SWNS reports.

    In this case, authorities tracked down and confiscated the white Ford, then crushed it after no one came to claim it.

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    “Unclaimed vehicles, like this one, will be crushed and the parts reused if possible," councilwoman Kate Lymer said.

    Along with the mess, illegally dumped garbage is often set on fire by arsonists and can contain hazardous materials, making its removal even more expensive.

    Big Tech’s disasters and debacles: Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon’s torturous 2018

    Big Tech would love to forget 2018.

    From slowing growth and calls for CEOs to step aside to privacy breaches and increased scrutiny about hate speech and misinformation, there was no shortage of internal and external problems at Facebook, Twitter, Google and Amazon.

    The following list, therefore, is far from comprehensive, but it does provide insight into what controversies and problems will likely continue to plague Big Tech in 2019.

    Tech workers revolt

    Google, Facebook and Twitter all saw their dirty laundry aired this year thanks to employees who leaked internal emails and video, published internal memos and signed petitions demanding better benefits or more ethical practices. Former Facebook employee Mark Luckie, who worked at the social network as a strategic partner for influencers focused on underrepresented groups, published a memo saying the company has a "black people problem" and is failing its black users and employees.

    At least 17,000 Google employees staged a walkout demanding wage equality, revamped sexual harassment policies and more focus on race and gender-based discrimination at the search giant. Although Google has responded to some of the group's demands regarding forced arbitration for sexual harassment cases, others have not been acted upon. Hundreds of Google employees also pushed back against the company's reported plans, now apparently scuttled, for a censored Chinese search engine.

    A slew of prominent tech industry insiders blasted the addictive qualities of social media and the massive scale of giants like Facebook and Google, with some, including the founder of the World Wide Web, calling for Big Tech's breakup.

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    Bias audits

    Big Tech also didn't catch any breaks on either side of America's ideological divide. Republicans continued to hammer away that Google was actively suppressing conservative content or skewing its search results, grilling CEO Sundar Pichai about it last week during his House of Representatives hearing. Pichai said the search giant's employees and algorithms are not politically biased.

    Meanwhile, Facebook, which is conducting an audit of alleged anti-conservative bias, also saw 100 employees complain about the company's "political monoculture" in August. The audit won't be completed until next year, but the Mark Zuckerberg-led company has not committed to publicly releasing the audit's results. That stands in contrast to Facebook's civil rights audit, which was pushed for by advocacy groups such as Color of Change.

    The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm has promised to update the public on the civil rights audit by the end of this year in the wake of its employment of a GOP-tied opposition firm that critics say used anti-Semitic tropes to target liberal financier George Soros after he called the platform a "menace" to society.

    Amazon vs. Big Apple Liberals

    Amazon hit a brick wall known as Big Apple Democrats in its quest to build a massive campus, known as HQ2, for 25,000 workers on the waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The deal between Jeff Bezos' company and New York includes tax breaks and perks (including a widely-derided helipad) worth up to $3 billion.

    Critics including Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several Democrats on the New York City Council have demanded more transparency, a series of public hearings and a repurposing of some of the Amazon-alotted funds to public goods such as mass transit or affordable housing.

    Despite the pushback, Amazon is still slated to open up its New York-based HQ2 (along with its Northern Virginia counterpart) in the not-too-distant future, but certain aspects of the deal could be modified.

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    Real-world violence

    Social media companies increasingly saw their platforms weaponized in ways that led to real-world violence or the potential for bloodshed, which is something advocates have warned about for many years.

    A series of false rumors spread on Facebook-owned WhatsApp led to more than 20 people being lynched in India. Cesar Sayoc, who stands accused of sending 13 pipe bombs through the mail to a range of prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump, trafficked in conspiracy theories, white supremacy and anti-Semitism on his Facebook profile. Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old man accused of murdering 11 people at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, posted that Jews were "the enemy of white people" on far-right social platform Gab.

    Meanwhile, Facebook stands accused of allowing its platform to be used for "ethnic cleansing" by the Myanmar military, which has targeted the country's mostly Muslim Rohingya minority group with severe violence. And Twitter was just blasted by Amnesty International for allowing racism, misogyny and homophobia to flourish unchecked on its platform.

    Tech CEOs grilled (Or given the empty chair treatment)

    Facebook's CEO said he didn't know or would have his team look into it dozens of times during April testimony on Capitol Hill, being questioned by lawmakers about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the viral spread of hate speech and Russian meddling on the platform. Although Zuckerberg seemed to emerge unscathed, the company's stock has not been so lucky. Shares are down sharply this year due in part to slowing or declining user growth in some parts of the world, critics calling for a leadership shakeup and the NAACP is making a #LogOutFacebook push over privacy violations and the company's treatment of African-Americans.

    Notably, Zuckerberg refused to testify before a grand hearing on misinformation in Europe, choosing to send another executive.

    Google's CEO did testify before House lawmakers last week, in a somewhat strange appearance that was filled with weird moments and focused mostly on accusations of bias against conservatives.

    The Russia connection

    Lastly, two new reports produced for the U.S. Senate revealed that Russia's influence campaign during the 2016 presidential election was a sophisticated and multifaceted effort to target the African-American community and sow political division among the public across social media platforms.

    The nefarious effort spanned Facebook, Google, Twitter, Google-owned YouTube and Facebook-owned Instagram. It reached 126 million people on Facebook, posted 10.4 million tweets on Twitter, uploaded over 1,000 videos to YouTube, and reached over 20 million users on Instagram. "The IRA created an expansive cross-platform media mirage targeting the Black community, which shared and cross-promoted authentic Black media to create an immersive influence ecosystem," one report states.

    Although each company has taken down pages and removed bots, or implemented policy changes around election integrity, most also acknowledge that Russian efforts to subvert U.S. democracy are ongoing and unlikely to stop.

    Christopher Carbone covers technology and science for Fox News Digital. Tips or story leads: christopher.carbone@foxnews.com. Follow @christocarbone.

    Jada Pinkett Smith says she used ecstasy, weed and alcohol to cope with depression

    Jada Pinkett Smith opened up about her past drug and alcohol abuse to cope with her depression and said she struggled with suicidal thoughts when she achieved success early in her career.

    In Monday’s episode of "Red Table Talk," Smith addressed mental health and spoke about rapper Mac Miller, who died of an accidental drug overdose in September. The actress said she could relate to Miller’s struggles because she also dealt with issues in the past.

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    "When I looked at [Miller's] circumstances I felt for him because I knew that could have been me, easily. I was the same way. In my depression, using ecstasy, drinking a whole lot, you know, and smoking a bunch of weed and trying to just find some peace in my mind," Smith said.

    "It's like, I knew [what] I was doing — I was doing ecstasy because I wanted to party," she added. "I was doing ecstasy, weed and a bottle of Courvoisier because I wanted to get lit. I wasn't making the connection, and I knew … I knew I was on the course of addiction. I was very clear about it."

    Smith also revealed she had a "complete emotional collapse" when she was around 20 years old that led to suicidal thoughts.

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    "I had gotten to LA and gotten a certain amount of success and realized that that wasn't the answer," the "Girls Trip" star said. “It wasn’t what was going to make everything okay. [It] actually made this worse. I was extremely suicidal, I had a complete emotional collapse."

    Smith has been open about her past struggles with depression. She said in June there was a period where considered taking her own life.

    Smith was joined by her daughter, Willow Smith, and rapper Kid Cudi, who also spoke about his own experience with his mental health, for the episode.

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    Diner at Grand Central Oyster Bar finds ‘extremely rare’ pearl worth thousands in his lunch

    A New Jersey man’s lunch paid for itself — and then some — after he bit into a pearl while dining at the Grand Central Oyster Bar inside NYC’s Grand Central Terminal.

    "I just all of a sudden felt something like a tooth or a filling and it’s terrifying," Rick Antosh, of Edgewater, N.J. told WPIX. "And then holy crap, I realized it’s not a tooth, it’s a pearl."

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    Antosh, 66, was dining at the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar with an old friend in early December when he took the miraculous bite into his pan roast and felt the pearl inside his mouth.

    According to The New York Post, Antosh pocketed the pearl, thinking that such an occurrence couldn’t be that uncommon for an oyster bar such as the Grand Central Oyster Bar, which originally opened its doors in 1913.

    Curiosity eventually got the better of Antosh, and he called the restaurant after getting home to find out just how often this happens, only for the floor manager to tell him he’s “never heard” of it even happening once, WPIX reported.

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    Executive chef Sandy Ingber, however, gave the Post a different story: It’s happened at least once, but it's "extremely rare."

    “I’ve been here 28 years,” said Ingber, “This is only the second time I’ve seen this happen. And we sell over 5,000 oysters on the half shell every day.”

    The Post also reached out to a pearl dealer, who estimated Antosh’s find to be worth between $2,000 and $4,000 dollars.

    Antosh, meanwhile, hasn’t decided what he’ll be doing with the pearl, but claims he’ll be trying his luck again at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in the near future.

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    “You never know,” he told the Post.