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."

[reddit]

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.

[dailydot]

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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Heartwarming Human Interest Story of the Day

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Four days ago, Reddit user SoundCheckBrew turned to the message boards in search of help restoring a weathered newspaper photo of his great-grandparents and his grandfather, taken shortly after the family returned to the U.S. during World War II. A handful of Photoshop-savvy Redditors volunteered to help, and in a post earlier today, SoundCheckBrew was ecstatic:

"This picture looks amazing! I had to take a moment to really take in what you did! ... Thank you Reddit and Photoshoppers for restoring my Grandfathers picture! Here he is with the final framed and printed copy! ... He was teary eyed."

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Heartwarming Tearjerker of the Day

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Who can make it through all 19 of these heartbreakers with nary a tear? Only someone without a soul. "That first video should've been batting clean-up instead of lead-off," one Reddit user said. Challenge accepted.

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This Might Not End Well of the Day

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This Might Not End Well of the Day: The story starts with a Redditor named Lucidending, who initiated an AMA thread (what's AMA?) claiming to be a cancer patient who was ending his life with the help of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The thr

Special Report of the Day: Reddit's Ask Me Anything Forum

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Special Report of the Day: Reddit's Ask Me Anything Forum
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Special Report of the Day: Reddit's Ask Me Anything (IAMA) subforum -- which invites anyone with a Reddit account to set up an impromptu Q & A session -- has always been a captivating crowd pleaser.

But, according to Reddit's official blog, the popularity of so-called IAMAs suddenly took off in a big way this past week, with three IAMAs (one of which