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When This Car-Obsessed 6-Year-Old Reached Out to Car Companies to Help Him With His New Hobby, His Family Never Dreamed What Would Happen Next

After sending letters to more than 50 different companies, the Hurtys began getting responses that simply blew them away.



The imagination of a young kid is a formidable force. It can turn laundry baskets into spaceships, design a skyscraper out of a pile of plastic bricks, it can even propel an ancient old man and his reindeer through the Christmas Eve sky.

Kids can become fascinated with the most unsuspected things, and when a parent facilitates that fixation, amazing things can happen.

Patch Hurty is six, and favorite thing isn’t all that different from likely millions of other six-year-old boys. Patch loves cars.

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In fact, some of the first words Patch ever learned to read were the names of different cars and their makers. When he stumbled upon a Ford emblem that had shaken loose from a passing car near his house, his eyes lit up, and an obsession was born.

Patch, then five-years-old, began a mission to start a collection of shiny new car badges. But, without turning to a life of crime and defacing the cars in his neighborhood and nearby parking lots, how would the little Connecticuter source the emblems?

Thankfully, Patch has a great mom, Lindsay, who has probably endured many a car-ride fillibuster about literally everything to do with cars, yet she still desires to nurture his passion for automobiles.

Lindsay and Patch hatched a plan to go straight to the source: the auto manufacturers. They sat down with pen and paper and crafted a simple pitch to send to every car maker they could think of, essentially asking if they could spare an emblem, a sticker, anything from their brand to add to Patch’s collection.

After sending letters to more than 50 different companies, the Hurtys began getting responses that simply blew them away.

The response from various car makers was overwhelming. Volvo sent Patch a full-size grille badge and several other treats. While Jeep couldn’t send a badge, they did send the little guy a metal sign, a hat, a pen, and a keychain.

Moving onto luxury vehicles, Patch received the center cap from a Bentley steering wheel. BMW sent a brand new emblem along with a personal letter.

A handwritten card from Honda read, “We hope your love of cars continues to grow.” Bentley thanked the little guy for sharing his love of cars with them. Nine people over at Infiniti signed their handwritten card to Patch.

“Your letters have made a lot of people in our offices happy, Patch,” wrote a rep from Volkswagen. “I am very glad that you took the time to reach out and share your dream. Keep spreading happiness and good things will come your way.”

Tesla, Bugatti, and dozens of other car makers were happy to oblige Patch. Lincoln even sent an original pencil sketch of their classic Continental.

Patch surely wasn’t expecting such an outpouring of generosity, but he got it!

Now that Patch has had such a wonderful experience at such a young age with so many different auto manufacturers, Yahoo News asked the boy who he’ll pick when the time comes for him to buy his first car.

His answer took him back to the very first emblem he ever found: Ford. “I still have a warm spot for Ford in my heart,” Patch said. “It was the first decal I ever found and it started this project. A project of love and cars.”


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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.




Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.




Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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