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The Galaxy Note7 is a huge black mark for Samsung -- an exploding embarrassment that cost the company a ton of money and kicked off one of the biggest PR nightmares in recent memory. But despite the global recall, the jokes on late night TV, and the fact that the FAA and other agencies banned the phone from air travel, Samsung might sell refurbished Galaxy Note7s in the future. That's... certainly a choice!

After continued reports of the phones catching on fire when charged, Samsung finally put the Galaxy Note7 out of its misery two weeks ago. But 2.5 million recalled devices and $3 billion in projected losses later, the company is apparently no closer to identifying what killed its flagship smartphone.

Apple users might feel insulated from the exploding batteries currently fueling Samsung's Note 7 nightmare, but a new story of out of south Australia serves as a helpful reminder that true safety is just an illusion. On Thursday, surf instructor Mat Jones told Australia's 7 News that an iPhone 7 he left in his car wrapped in a pair of pants caught on fire, taking both the pants and the car with it.

The Transportation Department just banned all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones from any flight in the United States. The ban goes into effect at noon on Saturday local time, though it's unclear how effective it will be at keeping the devices off of aircraft since the TSA won't be actively searching for the devices at checkpoints.