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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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  • The band Journey has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years as more people discover its music through shows like "Glee" -- and as those who grew up with the band find themselves drawn into the nostalgia of '80s power ballads. We can't think of a better way to celebrate Journey's return to fame than with a parody song featuring other pop-culture hits -- in this case, Internet memes.

    Humordy, a comedy group from Austin, Texas, gives a nod to the group with a new YouTube video, and it's getting a lot of attention on the Web. Borrowing the tune from the Journey hit 'Faithfully,' the group's song "Favorite Memes" recalls memes from the past few years. Everything from "Ehrmagerd Girl" to "Grumpy Cat" is mentioned in the song's soulful lyrics.

    One YouTube commenter states "this is the song of the internet." Considering that it includes nearly every meme we could think of, that sounds like a good summary.

    So, what do you think: Were any important memes left out? And what is

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  • You might see pictures of Jill Brzezinski-Conley and think, at first glance, that she is a famous model in the latest ad campaign for a well-known fragrance or cosmetic line. You would be wrong. As told in a Huffington Post story, Brzezinski-Conley is a 35-year-old woman with incurable stage 4 bone cancer who is fighting for her life. At age 32, Brzezinski-Conley underwent a double mastectomy. Last August, she visited her childhood friend Nikki Closser, a wedding photographer, and asked Closser to take pictures of her breasts so that women could see what breast cancer looks like. She felt that the media never presents an accurate view. The two women hoped to send the pictures to magazines for them to use for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    After the photo session, Closser shared her friend's story and some of the pictures with another photographer, Sue Bryce, who lives in Australia. Inspired by Brzezinski-Conley's story, Bryce contacted her via Skype and then surprised her with a
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  • Last summer, I witnessed some of the greatest sporting events of my lifetime while I covered the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. It was one of the most varied athletic events that I had ever seen or could hope to see. And then I was introduced to the Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Indian Rural Games.

    Dating back to 1933, the Indian Rural Games may inspire more cringes than oohs and aahs to onlookers unfamiliar with the competitions. Some of the events feature people lifting heavy objects (such as stacks of bricks) with their teeth, speedily tying turbans, and lying on the ground while tractors roll over them. These unusual events are mixed with motorbike stunts, dancing, and a race for participants over age 80. There are also competitions featuring camels, dogs, and other animals.

    The three-day festival is a celebration of India's farming communities, and it's gaining attention and new fans around the world. Nearly a million people show up for the event, which

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