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6 Speed Reads: Cartoons Go Bald for Kids With Cancer

In today's midday reads: Snoopy, Garfield and friends go bald to comfort sick kids, drones play sweet music and a man wins the lottery three times.
Bald cartoon characters
Bald cartoon

1. Snoopy and Other Cartoon Friends Go Bald for Kids With Cancer

Cancer treatment is tough for kids, but dealing with hair loss on top of chemo can be overwhelming and isolating. In an effort to make the baldness a little less jarring, Snoopy, Garfield and Hello Kitty are going bald, too. This is all a part of the Brazilian-based ‘Bald Cartoons’ campaign, which was so successful it even got tweeted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. One child summed up the purpose of the project perfectly: "I thought that if I took my hat off at school people would laugh, but now I don't feel that anymore." It doesn’t make cancer treatment a walk in the park for the little guys, but hopefully it will make their lives feel a little more normal.

2. ‘Homeless’ Richard Gere Fools New Yorkers

It’s not often you see a Hollywood star dumpster diving. But a scruffy Richard Gere has been spotted this week rummaging through trash cans on the streets of New York City. No worries -- he’s just shooting scenes for his upcoming movie “Time Out of Mind,” but the acting was so convincing that a generous woman mistook him for a homeless man and handed him food in an “I Love NY” bag. He took the bag and thanked the woman, who had no idea she was giving a doggy bag to an actor reportedly worth $100 million.

3. Swarm of Drones Jam Out

Apparently drones can now add musical talent to their list of capabilities. KMel Robotics programmed a swarm of drones to play musical instruments, and rest assured this is more than just simple chopsticks. In this video, the drones perform Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," “Carol of the Bells” and they round out the performance with “The Star Spangled Banner.” We suggest skipping to about 1:40, you’ll be blown away.

4. Chicago Man Wins Lottery 3 Times In 3 Weeks

Imagine winning the lottery. Feel that joy? Now multiply it by three. That’s how Chicagoan Christopher Kaelin feels right now, because he’s done just that. Kaelin, who only plays the lottery occasionally, says he first bought a scratch-off during a lunch break a few weeks ago and won $25,000. A week later he won $1,000. Then, the following week, he won $250,000. According to the Huffington Post, Kaelin will use the winnings to pay off loans, finance his wedding, buy a house and start a college fund for his daughter.

5. Andy Warhol’s Computer Art Recovered

Lost artwork by Andy Warhol has been recovered from 30-year-old floppy disks. The doodles and photo manipulations were created by Warhol in 1985 as part of a stunt by Commodore, a computer manufacturer, to promote the graphical prowess of the company’s new Amiga computer. In addition to reworking some of his most famous subjects, including images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s soup cans, he also made a three-eyed version of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and a portrait of Blondie’s Debbie Harry. If Warhol did all of this with a mouse, we wonder what he could have whipped up with the magic of touch screens.

6. Pro Ballplayer Gives Mom Surprise Birthday Present on Live TV

Chris Colabello is the first baseman for the Minnesota Twins. Yesterday, his parents were at his game against Tampa Bay, celebrating his mother’s birthday. And at the top of the fourth inning, a Fox Sports reporter interviewed her live, during Colabello’sat-bat. Perfect timing. That’s when Colabello hit a monster two-run home run and his mom absolutely loved it. Great birthday gift, Mr. Colabello.