Fun Friday Links: Today We’re Thankful for These Awesome Acts of Humanity
Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
SF’s Gotham and the Batkid
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the time is ripe for random acts of kindness and as many heartwarming stories as we can handle. Today’s news has been overtaken by one in particular, having to do with 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is currently in remission from leukemia, and who’s one wish was to be a superhero for a day.
The day dawned blue and warm. Perfect weather for a robbery. Or so the Penguin thought.
Saving the day while raising the spirits of a major U.S. city was pint-sized Miles Scott, 5. Miles is in remission from leukemia, and, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, managed to turn his obsession with comic book heroes into the real thing. Well, almost. There was no way Penguin was going to get away with anything on Friday.
Thousands of San Franciscans responded to an avalanche of social media blasts, lining the streets wherever Miles and a full-sized Batman swooped into action. At Hyde and Green streets, there was a damsel in distress to rescue, and the bat duo arrived in a Lamborghini with Batman decals. At 550 Montgomery St., a burgled bank vault needed to be liberated. And at Union Square, there was a hamburger to down.
Way to go, SF. Oh, and President Obama had this to say about it.
Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan with an Unselfie
In an effort to drive more donations and relief towards the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, social media users are flipping one of the more self-centered trends on its head with waves of “unselfies.”
“Social networks in the Philippines have become indispensable sources of information and aid for Haiyan survivors…Photos not relevant to the current disaster are discouraged. However, people have been posting ‘unselfies’ where instead of showing their face, they show their support for the Philippines by holding up a piece of paper with the URL of the donation page to send aid.”
15 Images That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity
You’ll need to see them all for the full-on warm fuzzies, but here’s a sneak peek to get you started: