Remembering Rachel Beckwith and One Raccoon Mechanic

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We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today:

Just about one year ago, on July 23, 2011 nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith died in a tragic car accident. But one month before she died, Rachel had celebrated her ninth birthday and instead of asking for presents, she wanted to raise $300 to give people clean drinking water through mycharitywater--she fell short and wanted to try again next year. OK, that isn't the sound of our hearts breaking or sniffles or anything, but in the one month following Rachel's death, over $1 million was raised, and that money is now helping 60,000 people get access to clean water, and now, one year later, here's a video of her mother's and her grandparents' visit to Ethiopia to see the people Rachel helped:

And ... we totally take back whatever we said about raccoons being rats with cuter outfits:

The Daily What pointed us to this great, brass-heavy cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Fitz and the Tantrums. No, without their help we probably wouldn't have figured out that the movie that the track/Fitz are using as a music video is actually the '60s horror classic Carnival of Souls, but hey, the more you know:

And finally, we do not condone flashing anyone against their will. Nope. Never. But here's an ummm ... interesting (yeah, we'll go with that) and funny take from comedienne Sasheer Zamata (might be NSFW depending on where you work, so have headphones handy):

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