Kickass Kid of the Day

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Ethan, a 6-year-old on the autism spectrum who plays piano by ear, channels Billy Joel to kick off the weekend. (Don't miss the rest of his performances, which can be found here.)

[reddit]

Follow-Up of the Day: Caine's Arcade Gets a Real Pinball Machine

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The incredible story of Caine's Arcade just keeps getting better.

After his cardboard arcade became THE hot spot in East L.A., 9-year-old Caine Monroy was invited to visit pinball shop Pins and Needles, where owner Molly introduced him to pro flipper -- and world champ -- Keith Elwin. Then, she offered him his choice of vintage pinball machines, valued at up to $3,000, to round out his business. (Caine has yet to decide which machine to call his own.)

Meanwhile, donors around the world have pledged more than $100,000 for Caine's Scholarship Fund, announced just three days ago by filmmaker Nirvan Mullick to help send Caine to college.

Finally, the Caine's Arcade Facebook page has two intriguing announcements: Official T-shirts are in the works (so don't be fooled by knockoffs), and the Caine's Arcade Theme Song is available for download, with 100 percent of profits going toward the Scholarship Fund.

Hooray!

[tmz]

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A pickup game between UNC players and fans gets competitive when 8-year-old Addis Cone decides to bring the heat. Kid's got skills.

(Be sure to skip to the 3-minute mark.)

[dailypicksandflicks]

Kickass Kid of the Day

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A chance encounter with 9-year-old Caine Monroy and his meticulously crafted cardboard arcade inspired filmmaker Nirvan Mullick -- his first and only "customer" -- to start a Facebook page, invite all of L.A., and make Caine's day.

[boingboing]

Kickass Kid of the Day

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A preciously courageous 4th grader named Zia attempts the 65-meter ski jump at Utah Olympic Park for the very first time.

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Kickass Kid of the Day

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Happy Pi Day! Here's a four-year-old reciting Pi to the 50th digit in 10 seconds flat.

[guyism.]

Kickass Kids of the Day

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Banjo player Jonny Mizzone, 9, fiddler Robbie Mizzone, 13, and guitarist Tommy Mizzone, 14, of the world-famous Sleepy Man Banjo Boys (previously) perform a "Revenge of the Guitar" rendition of Guitar Boogie's bluegrass standard, "Dueling Banjos."

[mefi.]