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'Two and a Half Men' star could buy soap, sirloin, homes in Detroit

Angus T. Jones

On Monday, "Two and a Half Men" star Angus T. Jones, 19, made news by calling his show "filth" and urging fans to tune out. Critics of Jones were quick to point out that he said nothing about forgoing his $350,000-per-episode paychecks or returning money he's previously earned on the show he now condemns.

We couldn't stop thinking about a $350,000-per-episode paycheck -- reportedly the highest earned by any child actor on TV -- and some of the things that could actually translate into in the real world. Here are just a few -- and remember, the check is per episode, so he could revisit this shopping list 22 times during the TV season.

57,471 10-packs of Ivory soap, to get a jump start on cleaning away that filth (via Safeway.com).

35,000 hardcover Bibles with children's cover art, as sold by the church that made Jones' famed video.

16,153 "Two and a Half Men" T-shirts that read, "If I can't eat it, bang it, or bet on it, it's not in my phone book" (via CBS.com).

3,500 autographed copies of "Men" creator Chuck Lorre's book, "What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter."

15,217 "WINNING" T-shirts via CharlieSheen.com.

23,333 WTF? buttons from Stupid.com.

43,750 copies of co-star Jon Cryer's 1986 hit "Pretty in Pink" on DVD (the "Everything's Duckie" edition) at Amazon.com.

46,728 orders of top sirloin from the kids' menu at Black Angus Steakhouses. (Milk 99 cents extra.)

46 seconds of advertising on "Two and a Half Men,"according to AdAge in 2009.

14,000 framed photos of a shirtless Ashton Kutchervia AllPosters.com.

16 fully-paid-off homes in Detroit, according to The Huffington Post.

1,400 cleft palate operations for needy kids via Smile Train.

175,000 meals for homeless men, women and children via the Los Angeles Mission.

As of Tuesday, the Jones controversy showed no signs of dying down. NBC's Kristen Dahlgren told TODAY's Matt Lauer that Jones' now-infamous interview took place on the Warner Bros. lot where "Men" is filmed, inside Jones' own trailer.

"It's likely the studio didn't know what he was going to be saying." Dahlgren told Lauer.

On TODAY's Take 3, show anchors and comedian Finesse Mitchell discussed the issue, and Jones' $8 million annual salary.

"I'm a God-fearing man, and God is speaking to me right now, he's saying, 'I'll take his job!'" joked Mitchell. "And they can change the name to 'Two Men and a Brother.' I will take that job, I have no problem, I'll show up early with coffee and donuts!"

"If you feel that strongly about it, give all the money back," Mitchell said. "Let's see how God is talking to you then."

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