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  • The old cliché goes, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” An Australian arsonist found this out the hard way.

    Footage from security cameras of Supps R Us, a nutrition store in Melbourne, Australia, shows a man entering its warehouse around 3 am on December 26. The person quickly walks through the store and out of the camera’s sight. Moments later a series of flashes is seen. Then, the man runs frantically back in to the shot, his left leg ablaze.

    Yes, the arsonist set himself on fire. Whether it’s coincidence or karma, it is certainly the reason why this particular video is now going viral. The website Live Leak posted the footage to its YouTube channel over the weekend.

    Supps R Us put out a plea for anyone with information to contact authorities. The criminal is still at large. The store notes on its Twitter page that people should be on the lookout for a man in Melbourne with burns to his left leg.

    “We are so overwhelmed with the messages of support from everyone after

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  • André Cassagnes is a French inventor, best known for creating the Etch A Sketch. Cassagnes passed away this past January at the age of 86. The toy maker is back in the headlines thanks to Christoph Niemann, who created a tribute to Cassagnes using his famous "magic screen."

    Niemann starts the two-minute clip by demonstrating the basic movements of an Etch A Sketch drawing. The illustrator then displays more complex illustrations: toasters, hands making quotation marks, and pastry items.

    It turns out Cassagnes' parents owned a bakery in France. The inventor was allergic to flour, which eventually led him to create the Etch A Sketch.

    The video, produced for the New York Times Magazine and uploaded to YouTube, also highlights the one thing you can't do well on the toy: draw a circle. These funny anecdotes are intertwined in the story of Cassagnes' life and career. He went on to become one of France's most famous kite makers.

    At the end of the video, a man is holding a kite. A pair of scissors

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  • It doesn’t get much more random than this: a Los Angeles man uses Google Glass to film himself granting Christmas wishes to the homeless.

    The person, who has not revealed his identity, simply goes by the username “The Random Altruist.” His video “Christmas Gifts For The Homeless” is his only YouTube video at the moment, and it has over 120,000 views.

    In the video’s description, the person writes, “Instead of shopping for people who already have a lot... I decided to spend my money shopping for people who don't have much at all.”

    With that, the man begins asking homeless people throughout Los Angeles what they would like for Christmas. The responses range from hamburgers, Frosted Flakes, and Starbucks gift cards to phone chargers, clothes, and Army blankets.

    You then see the man enter various stores to buy the items. In the last two and a half minutes of the five-minute piece, the person hands out the gifts. The reactions will have you misty-eyed at least. The woman who simply requested a

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  • Customers at a Starbucks drive-thru in Newington, Conn. are passing along the holiday cheer this week by paying it forward to the person behind them – in astonishing numbers.

    It started on the morning of Christmas Eve, when the coffee drinkers began footing the bill for the order of the customer behind them. Customers continued to pay for the next person’s order through the day after Christmas. In all, over 950 people “paid it forward.”

    The number is still growing and one Starbucks employee at the Berlin Turnpike store tells Yahoo! News that the goal is now 1,000 orders.

    “I thought it was very cool," Harry Evert told WFSB TV in Hartford. “(The Starbucks barista) told me there had been hundreds, asked me if I wanted to pay it forward for the guy behind me, so I said absolutely.”

    This is not the first time an act of charity like this has been reported, although it may be the largest. Consumerist notes that this could be a new record. The previous titleholder belonged to a Tim Horton’s in

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  • An unlikely scenario played out before Christmas: A man assumed the role of Santa Claus for a 5-year-old whom he had never met.

    The story began on Tuesday morning at Saint Rose of Lima School in Chula Vista, Calif. A group of 23 students wrote letters to Santa, attached the letters to red and green balloons, and sent them off into the sky. The goal was for the letters to reach the North Pole.

    Instead, the letter from 5-year-old Joie reached Terry Hardin, a few miles away in downtown San Diego. Hardin was leaving his job when the red balloon traveled toward him and landed in a parking garage. Intrigued, he walked toward the balloon and found the attached letter.

    "Dear Santa, I would like to have a mermaid doll with a bow for Christmas. Thank you, Love, Joie," the letter read.

    Hardin's mother was also named Joie. She passed away in August 2012. The defense contract negotiator admitted that when she died, the two weren't on great terms.

    "It put a chill up my spine," Hardin told NBC 7 San

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