The Fenton 5 is a collection of our favorite things that we encounter over the course of a month. Things like: awesome social good campaigns, slideshows that inspire, videos that restore your faith in humanity, innovations that make the world a better place, and other must-shares. We hope you enjoy!
THE FENTON 5
1. Bullied teen Jordan Addison had his car vandalized repeatedly, and couldn’t afford a paint job to cover up the gay slurs keyed into the sides. When a local auto shop owner heard what happened, he offered to fix it for free, and then threw in $10,000 worth of extras as an added surprise. Addison’s reaction? Priceless.
2. There’s plenty of awesome Mars Curiosity footage out there, but perhaps nothing can beat the pure joy of watching the NASA team’s reaction when the rover lands.
3. Cartoonist Matthew Inman wanted electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla’s lab to become a historic site instead of a retail establishment. So he started an IndieGoGo campaign to help a nonprofit raise funds to purchase the land. Within weeks, 28,930 contributors donated 1.2 million, well beyond the fundraising goal. Nicely done, internet.
4. This summer, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they would continue their policy of excluding openly gay youth and adults. The decision prompted over 150 (and counting) Eagle Scouts to return their badges and share their letters of resignation on this awesome Tumblr blog.
5. When the Canadian men’s relay team got their Olympic bronze medal taken away after a minor disqualification, ten-year-old fan Elijah Porter decided to send the runners a consolation prize: a rousing letter of support and a medal he won at soccer camp.