• Bus driver stops at lemonade stand to treat his passengers

    "He gave us $10, so, he’s awesome.”

    (Facebook/Sarah Stevens)(Facebook/Sarah Stevens)

    A Boston bus operator took a little detour to make an unexpected stop for his passengers.  

    John Lohan works as a bus driver at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). During one sunny day last week, Lohan decided to treat his passengers to some fresh lemonade from a child-run stand.

    His kind gesture not only surprised his passengers but the four young girls running the lemonade stand as well.

    “The biggest thing I thought was that the children [running the lemonade stand] would have a story they can tell for the rest of their lives,” Lohan told CBS Boston. “And then afterwards, I thought, ‘Well so do the passengers.’”

    The 49-year-old admitted that the stop at the lemonade stand “wasn’t a spur of the moment decision.” He had originally spotted the stand during one go-around of his bus route. 

    “All the stars were aligned,” Lohan told Boston.com. “The conditions were just right… Ninety per cent of the time, you can’t do that on the job.”

    Lohan had a small number of

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  • How Facebook helped save this man’s life

    "If I was there longer, it could have gotten worse.”


    A 28-year-old man from Pittsburgh has a new hero fighting in his corner: Facebook.

    Chris Thomas is an Army veteran suffering from limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, reports the Huffington Post. When he fell from his wheelchair, he sent out an incoherent message to Facebook that ultimately saved his life.

    He was trying to get to the bathroom when his wheelchair got caught on a tall box outside of his bedroom. Through an unfortunate domino effect, a shelf in the box landed on his legs and tipped the wheelchair over.

    “I screamed for help a few times,” Thomas said, “but I live at the end of the hall [in an assisted living facility for the elderly and disabled] and couldn’t quite reach my string to hit my alarm for the guard.”

    The next hour was a blur, with Thomas slipping in and out of consciousness.

    Although getting back into his chair was out of the question, there was one option in reach: his smartphone.

    Thomas sent out a Facebook status that mostly read as nonsense, the word ‘please’

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  • Teacher vows to buy shoes for all students at school after winning big on game show

    “I walked into school and every student in the whole school has given me a hug and said thank you."

    An Australian teacher who won $20,000 on a game show vowed to buy every student at her school a new pair of shoes.

    But she almost didn’t get the win.

    When Bri Dredge locked in the wrong answer on the Australian show ‘Hot Seat,’ host Eddie McGuire probes her to “have another think,” reports the Herald Sun.

    After hearing about her plans to buy shoes for all 200 students at Yuille Park Community College, an inspired McGuire really wanted to see her win.

    Bri’s $20,000 question was: “First published in 1929, is T.S. Eliot’s famous work ‘Old Possums Book of Practical’ what?”

    The teacher could choose between: birds, cats, advice and poetry.

    Dredge locks in the incorrect ‘poetry,’ but McGuire doesn’t want to see things end like that.

    “Have another think,” he tells her.

    And, after taking his cues, Dredge grins, and changes her answer to ‘cats.’

    McGuire later told Confidential that he did not “technically” give the answer away.

    “Put it this way, she wasn’t going to get the wrong answers.”


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  • An adorable four-year-old cancer patient had her dream wedding with none other than her favourite nurse.

    Abby, who’s battling leukemia, told her mom matter-of-factly that she was looking forward to marrying one of the nurses – Matt Hickling – who works at Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, reports ABC News.

    And naturally, like every mom who’s dying to see their daughter in a beautiful white gown, she told him.

    That’s when he and the staff decided it was going to be a day to remember: they got cake, found Hickling a tuxedo t-shirt and had a local florist donate flowers.

    All within 24 hours.

    When little Abby arrived at the treatment center, she “shyly” asked Hickling for his hand in marriage, and he “didn’t hesitate to say yes.”

    Abby and Matt pose for their adorable wedding photos. (Facebook/Matt Hickling)Abby and Matt pose for their adorable wedding photos. (Facebook/Matt Hickling)

    “This day will hopefully be one our patient and her family can always look back on and smile when days are tough!” Hickling wrote on his Facebook page, where he shared the story. “I know I will!”

    Abby’s mom walked her down the aisle

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  • Vancouver cop goes undercover and finds kindness

    "The generosity, the caring was inspiring.”

    A Vancouver policeman went undercover in a rough part of the city in hopes of catching thieves, but things didn’t go quite as he expected.

    Staff Sgt. Mark Horsley masqueraded as a wheelchair user with a brain injury in an attempt to catch those who have been attacking people in wheelchairs since early 2014, reports Metro News.

    “I was ready to be victimized,” Horsley admitted at a news conference. “Our plan was just to take whatever the assault or robbery was.”

    The veteran cop, who’s been at it since 1986, spent five days in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside posing as a man who was left disabled following a motorcycle accident.

    He expected to be robbed. He ended up with $24 more than he came with, according to Metro News.

    In more than 300 interactions, no one took advantage of him. Two men who had talked to him earlier even came back with pizza. One man closed the zipper of his fanny pack and warned him to be careful. And another man even asked him for his permission to pray for him to

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  • 5-year-old Batman saves toddler trapped inside hot car

    "Of all days for him to dress up and that happens.”

    (SWNS via The Daily Mail)(SWNS via The Daily Mail)

    Looks like Batman’s protecting more than Gotham these days.

    After a five-year-old dressed as Batman caught wind that a toddler was stuck inside a car on a burning hot afternoon, he did what any other superhero would do: saved the day.

    One-year-old Iris Adamski was sitting inside the car while her grandparents loaded their shopping into the trunk, when all of the doors suddenly locked – with the keys inside, reports the Mirror.

    “I had just put the pram away when the door locked; I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t get her out,” Iris’ grandmother Caroline Penny told the Daily Mail.

    She and Iris’ grandfather John immediately called the local police, who smashed the rear window in an effort to save the tot. There was only one problem: they couldn’t fit through the window. 

    That’s when Zavi Ahmed and his mom Emma – who he had begged to let him dress up as the Caped Crusader earlier that day – came to the rescue.

    (SWNS via The Mirror)(SWNS via The Mirror)

    The little superhero crawled through the rear window of the

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  • We may not all recall the first time we saw the colour purple, but chances are it probably wasn’t as memorable as this man’s experience.

    Ethan Scott, was born with red/green colourblindness and explains it doesn’t mean he sees the world in black and white, but that tones appear “a little bit more dull.”

    “I can see some pink and some green,” he said, “it’s just sometimes green looks brown or yellow, and pink looks silver or blue.”

    A company called EnChroma has developed glasses that virtually cure the user’s colourblindness, and Scott’s fiancé decided that this year for his birthday, he wants to give him the power of colour. 

    But instead of telling him what the glasses were or what they did, he just put them on his face and waited for magic to happen.

    And recorded it all.

    At first Scott thinks that they are just regular glasses, and remarks that they’re “very nice,” before nonchalantly looking around the office.

    But after a few more moments of looking through the colour-correcting

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  • Michael Tabrizi plans to serve the Baltimore's homeless people during the city's restaurant week. <span class=Apple-converted-space><br /></span></span>

    Baltimore’s ‘restaurant week’ is a perfect time for businesses to draw in new customers and for locals to try delicious meals on the cheap.

    One restaurant owner hopes to serve anywhere from 900 to 1000 guests during the week-long event. But they won’t be paying patrons: they’re all going to be members of the city’s homeless population.

    Michael Tabrizi, the owner of ‘Tabrizi’s’ doesn’t think this is time to “promote business.” Instead, considering all that’s happened in Baltimore this year, he thinks “it would be better to do something for the city to unite the people.”

    “It isn’t about money right now. We’ve done restaurant week before and we know the numbers, but right now it’s more important to promote the welfare of the city and its residents,” Tabrizi told Baltimore Magazine.

    He asked local residents to volunteer and help him organize what he calls a “Homeless Restaurant Week,” reports the Baltimore Sun. And now, he’s got more help than he needs.

    So much so, in fact, that he

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  • Christian Hudson, who won Calgary&rsquo;s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city&rsquo;s homeless.Christian Hudson, who won Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings to city’s homeless.

    When you’re a teenager, winning $10,000 is like winning the $10 million jackpot. But what did this this jobless teen do with his winnings?

    He donated it all to the homeless.

    Christian Hudson, who was the lucky recipient of $10,000 for beating 11 competitors at the last day of Calgary’s Stampede Talent Search, vowed to donate his winnings after spending a few nights with the city’s homeless, reports Calgary Herald.

    After leaving his hometown of Airdrie, Alta., the teen took up couch surfing to participate in the competition at the Stampede. At one point, however, he couldn’t find a host.

    In true rock-star fashion, the teen slept on the streets for a few nights  – and that’s where he met his inspiration.

    “They gave me a bit of a tour of downtown and they told me [some] of their backstories,” Hudson told CTV News. “I had a little bit of an epiphany where a lot of them are just normal guys who fell under really unfortunate circumstances [and] tragic scenarios beyond their control.”


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  • Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.Citylab.com map of Melbourne that lets residents email each of the city's trees.
    You might not think it, but sometimes, there’s nothing more romantic than a love story between a person and their favourite tree.

    Melbourne had the interesting idea to give an email address to each tree in the city’s urban forest so that residents could report possible problems, like a dangerous-looking branch.

    It was all a part of a program created in 2013 in hopes of maintaining the city’s trees.

    But instead, what they received were confessions of love and admiration for the tall and majestic pieces of nature, reports City Lab.

    One, directed to a Golden Elm tree reads, “I’m so sorry you’re going to die soon. It makes me sad when trucks damage your low hanging branches.”

    And another, “Thank you for giving us oxygen. Thank you for being so pretty. You are the gift that keeps on giving.”

    The messages did not stop there, however; some people emailed their favourite trees solely to chat, and sometimes to discuss politics.

    “Hi tree,” an emailer named Troy wrote to a Red Cedar. “Are you

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