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  • You've heard the adages "No good deed goes unpunished" and "Never judge a book by its cover." There is perhaps no better recent example of both sayings being applicable than in what happened to 29-year-old Kyle Osborn.

    Osborn owns an auto detailing shop in Harrisonville, Missouri. On Feb. 6 he found an envelope containing $1,200 in cash on the ground outside of the Sutherlands Hardware Store. Osborn went in search of the money's owner, walking around the store to see if he could find anyone who had lost something. He found a man who said he had lost the envelope of cash and gave the envelope to him. Osborn was surprised by what the man said: "I hope it's all there." Osborn said that "a simple 'thank you' would have been nice."

    Osborn later posted the details of what happened on his Facebook page. His post got the attention of the guys at Sutherlands. They thought the way the man had responded to Osborn's gesture was so rude that they wanted to make things right. They put together a

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  • Children often possess a unique ability to view the world through their uncorrupted free-spirited eyes. Their imagination is endless, and they do not tend to mind exploring and expressing it to the world. Sometimes children can also be wise beyond their years, and they impart that knowledge to adults--if we let them.

    That is the case in the short film "The Scared Is Scared," from Bianca Giaever, whose concept and story came from a 6-year-old boy named Asa Baker-Rouse. Giaever, a recent graduate of Middlebury College, asked Asa what her movie should be about, and "The Scared Is Scared" is Asa's thoughts and imagination brought to life.

    The actors and animation perform the story as Asa narrates, and his imagination runs wild. It is the story of a bear and a mouse who enjoy spending time together at a pool. Beyond the funny and silly parts of the film, Asa offers some advice to Giaever, who admits she is scared about graduating from school. Asa says, "When the scared feeling comes into

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  • Everyone hopes to capture a memorable image or experience on film while they're on vacation, but most of us just end up with nice but not particularly extraordinary pictures. Most of us are not as lucky as Christian Grosso, an amateur photographer, who got the surprise of a lifetime while vacationing in Argentina's Patagonia region.

    Grosso was taking pictures of the Perito Moreno Glacier Bridge along the waters of Lake Argentino and Brazo Rico when suddenly a piece of the ice bridge cracked and plunged into the water below, creating a huge wave. Grosso's photograph was featured on the Earth Science Picture of the Day website. Grosso said the rupture of the ice bridge was caused by blocked water that slowly built up pressure under the ice over a period of about 10 to 50 months. Glacier collapses in the area cause the water of Brazo Rico to rise about 90 feet every year.

    There were about 20 to 30 tourists present with Grosso on January 19, when the pictures were taken. They were far

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  • Remember the story of the girl who wanted to do whatever she could to help enslaved children? Well Vivienne Harr is a pintsize philanthropist who has raised more than $300,000 to help fight child slavery--all with the money she generated from a lemonade stand she set up outside her home near San Francisco.

    Vivienne was inspired to do something after she saw an image of two young slave boys in Nepal who were carrying stones with their heads. Now, just months after raising hundreds of thousands in money to end human trafficking, Vivienne's cause is taking a new turn. The 9-year-old's organic, fair-trade lemonade will be hitting the aisles of grocery stores. Make a Stand Lemon-Aid' is set to be bottled and distributed in April.

    Vivienne released a message on her website saying, "after 173 days of selling lemonade, I reached my goal of freeing 500 slaves, and waking up the next morning, I wanted to do more." And do more, she has. Vivienne explains, "These kids are being robbed of hope, and

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  • Awards season is in full swing in Hollywood. The Grammys were held on Sunday, and the biggest pomp-and-circumstances event of them all -- the Oscars -- is less than a couple of weeks away. One of the movies up for several nominations, including Best Picture, is "Les Misérables." But now the film is getting unexpected attention from an unexpected place -- South Korea.

    A new video, titled "Les Militaribles," is a 13-minute parody of the original, featuring members of the South Korean Air Force. The short film stars unknown soldiers dealing with the difficulties of regimented military life. In the opening scene, soldiers are made to shovel snow to clear a runway so that jets can take off at a moment's notice to defend the country against impending danger from North Korea.

    The parody was produced by the official blog team of the South Korean Air Force; the director majored in video arts in graduate school, and some of the airmen featured had been music school students. The video was not

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