When so much news is bad news, random acts of kindness still manage to stand out and take social media by surprise. The latest involved a Swedish driver, who made an unannounced stop while his bus was packed.
According to an article in Viral Noval, André Grandin didn't think twice when he pulled over and hopped off the bus he was driving when he spotted a girl crying by the side of the road.
Grandin went to comfort 10-year-old Emilia Behrendtz, then returned to his bus “without a word” of explanation.
Apparently Emilia was upset due to bullying from other kids.
One of the passengers, Emma Gustaffsson, caught the tender exchange on camera. The image has enjoyed some 50,000 interactions on social media, and led strangers to send flowers to Grandin.
The driver shrugged off all the attention, claiming it's just "in his nature" to get involved when he sees someone upset or hurt.
Was this an average or extraordinary gesture?
This dad was pleasantly surprised to discover his little boy's secret hobby?
In a "truth is stranger than fiction" tale, a newborn abandoned in an Illinois cemetery was rescued by an off-duty firefighter. Fast-forward 18 years, and that little girl attends her high school graduation, where she she meets the man who saved her life.
According to an article in WMC, Skyler James was abandoned by her birth mother back in November 1995. Dispatch crews couldn't find anything, but local firefighter Charlie Heflin heard the announcement on his scanner and decided to look.
Eventually—in a different cemetery—he found Skyler, cold and covered in blood and leaves, the umbilical cord still attached.
"I heard a little whimper when I got close to the tree," said Heflin. "I dug down inside this real huge pine tree and found her.
After passing the baby to paramedics, Heflin never saw her again.
Five days later, Skyler was adopted. Her parents, Bonnie and Greg James, tracked down Heflin on Facebook and arranged for him to attend her graduation.
Michael Jackson may have passed from this world in June 2009, but his spirit is most definitely still with us. First came the posthumous hologram projected at the recent Billboard Music Awards. Then a teen's viral performance in a high school talent show.
According to an article in Today, Brett Nichols killed the choreography to Jackson's 1983 hit, "Billie Jean," landing 2 million YouTube hits in a single day.
Needless to say, the 17-year-old Californian won not only the competition, but the hearts of viewers internationally with a moonwalk as smooth as Michael's.
"This is something that really inspires me, and then it was later I thought, 'Why isn't this something I can't do?'" said Nichols. But few can.
Prepare to pinch yourself around the 1:11 mark. Watching this kid will have you tripping back in time, and sliding across the linoleum for nostalgia's sake.
A seven-year-old opened her mouth, and this mindblowing Billie Holiday cover came out.