Serendipity of the Day

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When photographer Patrick Lu noticed a man proposing to his girlfriend on the capital grounds in Austin, TX, he instinctively snapped a pic to capture the moment.

It turned out so well that the next morning, he threw the image up on Reddit to try and discover the identities of the mystery couple.

Lu's inquiry quickly made it to the top of /r/Austin with 1,400 up votes, but the groom-to-be, Joel Bush, caught wind of the thread through friends.

Bush, shocked, says he and fiancée Jennifer Orr are grateful:

We experienced that magic on its own terms, with no thought about posing or anything. And, because the photographer did such an awesome job, we also have that precise moment and her beautiful reaction captured for safekeeping. It's pretty priceless.

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Badass Dad of the Day

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A Toronto-area man who is "almost entirely blind" has been making statues out of scrap metal for years, including dragons and dinosaurs.

He asked his daughter to show the pictures on Facebook, but she had bigger plans -- and landed the front page of Reddit.

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Hivemind of the Day

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The rules of AskReddit clearly state: "AskReddit is for thought-provoking, discussion-inspiring questions. If your question can be answered by google, or in one word, it isn't right for AskReddit."

Rules, shmules.

Redditor elkresurgence threw caution to the wind this morning when he asked: "Which famous person needs to come out already?"

Within hours, every single response read "Tom Cruise."

Then, DutchessPDX brought everyone back to earth:

I think we need to stop speculating on who's gay and who's straight and let people get on with their lives. Gay or straight doesn't matter. But obviously Tom Cruise.

[hypervocal]

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Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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Remember Scott Widak, the man with Down syndrome who was terminally ill with liver disease, and whose nephew Sean O'Connor posted Widak's address to Reddit this past spring?

"One of my uncle's favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up."

Widak died Saturday, and O'Connor returned to Reddit with an update -- and with a beautiful Imgur album that captures the last months of Widak's life, and the letters and gifts he received from all over the world:

Thank you reddit for thinking of my uncle. He will surely be missed... His general cheerfulness did decline a bit as he got more ill, but his happiness didn't fail to shine through at times no matter how sick he got.

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Street Performer of the Day

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Street musician Charlie Rae had struggled for years to catch her big break. Then last week, San Diego resident Andrew Steelsmith heard her playing from a few blocks away.

"I sat through three songs with my mouth wide open," he said.

Eager to help her out, he posted his grainy cell phone video of her signature ballad, "What Do You Know," to Reddit, where it proved to be just the exposure Rae needed -- several producers and publishing companies have since come calling.

In a Reddit AMA on Monday night, Rae thanked her new fans, and acknowledged her years of struggle: "Performing on the street has definitely been the most humbling experience for [me] personally. … I truly think playing on the street has been more intimate and a learning experience than any paying gig."

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Hero Fireman of the Day

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It's the feel-good story of the day: Redditor Logan Fernandes on Sunday shared the life-saving heroics of an Indiana firefighter who saved a kitty from a fire when it seemed all hope was lost.

Fernandes reported that his mom's neighbor Vincent, whom Fernandes called "mentally challenged," had left a candle burning in his apartment and one of his cats knocked it over.

He came home to his house in flames. After being told there were no other people inside, the fireman were resigned to let the cats go. While the guy was having an emotional breakdown about losing his cats ("They're all I've got!" he kept saying) one of the firefighters searched for nearly 15 minutes and found one alive. [H]e stayed outside giving it mouth to mouth and oxygen for 20 minutes until she started purring again. Needless to say, he's f*cking awesome.

Domino was taken to a vet, who promised the kitty is going to make a full recovery. Meanwhile, Reddit users have raised more than $3,500 for Vincent, who lost his other three cats and his apartment in the fire. He's managing, but "having a hard time with it."

Still no word on the identity of the hero fireman.

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Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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Scott Widak has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease, and he loves to receive mail. So his nephew Sean O'Connor recently posted his P.O. Box on Reddit, to see whether anyone might be interested in sending his uncle a letter: "One of my uncle's favorite things to do is open mail, and I thought that if he got a lot of mail it would cheer him up."

It's been a month since the post, and Widak, an artist, has received mail from all over the world, including the United States, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Mexico. Redditors have sent heartfelt letters, custom artwork, art supplies, DVDs, and personal keepsakes.

"The mail that's arrived has all been extremely positive and thoughtful," O'Connor says. "My family and I are amazed at how so many strangers could come together for a random act of kindness."

Don't miss the rest of the pics -- they'll make your Monday.

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