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Goodbye of the Day: Comedian Laurie Kilmartin Takes to Twitter to Deal With her Father's Declining Health in a Beautiful, Hilarious Way

LA comedian (after reading this, you can add "wonderful human being") Laurie Kilmartin's father is in the final stages of an aggressive lung cancer. She's taking to twitter to write about her experiences in the only way she knows how. What happens is something equal parts darkly comedic and absolutely loving. Check out some choice selections here:

Hat tip to Uproxx.

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Kid President has some more very inspirational words for us to live by. I feel that number 18 on the list is particularly beneficial to all men and women alike...in moderation, of course.

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Our favorite five-year-old Batkid and Leukemia survivor, Miles Scott, has now been immortalized in a big-screen trailer recapping his heroic efforts to save the city of San Francisco along side Batman last week. This is sure to put a smile on Miles' face!

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Last we checked on the Batkid, a young boy whose Make a Wish Foundation gave him a day to clean up the streets of San Fran as the Dark Knight, he was in training for his big day (undoubtedly brushing up on his martial arts and polishing some batarangs). As of today, he's saved a damsel in distress, put the Riddler behind bars, and will soon be receiving a key to the city from the mayor himself. Check out more live updates here!


UPDATE: Watch the ABC News coverage of crowds of people cheering on Miles as he comes to the rescue as Batboy!

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After losing a friend's cell phone while out on a weekend ride in the countryside, designer Kimchi Ho thought that was the end of that. But upon returning home, Kim was pleasantly surprised by a video message that had been uploaded via her Instagram account, which showed several skater kids letting the owner know they found his phone. Thanks to them, Kim was able to retrieve the missing cell from a local skate park, with no damage done and only a few silly pictures taken by the good Samaritans.

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A security camera in an alleyway of Ninghai in China's Zhejiang province captured this heart-stopping footage of mail couriers catching a two-year-old toddler after she fell from the fifth floor of a building. According to BBC and other news reports, the delivery men took notice of a little girl dangling from a window above after hearing her cries and promptly responded by cushioning her fall with outstretched arms. Two of the men suffered injuries from the impact, but the little girl managed to escape with just a minor wound on her face.

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People say kids don't read enough books these days, but one young pupil at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles, Los Angeles, would beg to differ. Over the course of the past school year, five-year-old Sophia Moss read through nearly the entire kindergarten and first-grade sections of her school's library. According to the local news report, her father Carl helped her check out five books a week this fall, which eventually grew to more than 20 books per week. In addition to her passion for reading, Sophia has already begun writing her first book, a story about a superhero turtle titled "Sophia's Pet."

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Back in April, at the request of his 87-year-old grandfather, Redditor stevieboy1984 turned to the /r/PicRequests subreddit to see if anyone could clean up a scanned JPEG image file of his grandfather's World War II-era photo taken during his service in the Navy as a submarine sonar/radar operator. After a number of people offered their photoshop wizardries to help its restoration, stevieboy1984 showed his grandfather six variations before handing him a framed version of top commenter unhi's submission. Here's a video of the big reveal. Grab a box a tissues, manly tears are coming.