Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Best 10 Minutes on the Internet - Caine's Arcade

This is Caine in his office. Photo is from www.cainesarcade.com
Sometimes you come across stuff on the internet and you just really have to share it. This is one of those things. Please meet 9 year-old Caine Monroy. Caine lives in East Los Angeles with his family. He spent his summer vacation last year building an elaborate arcade in the store front of his dad's junk yard and used auto parts store. He made it out of cardboard boxes and random found objects from the store room.

The arcade is ingenius. The games are awesome. You can tell this kid spent all summer and every weekend since working on it. But he only had one customer. And no one at school believed him when he said he had his own arcade. But Caine never gave up and he always kept working.

It turns out that his one customer was a film-maker named Nirvan Mullick. Nirvan thought such a great kid and such a cool DIY cardboard arcade should be shared. So he set up a surprise flashmob to make Caine happy. And it worked. And he made an amazing short film about it.

If you have ten minutes to spare, this is the sweetest, funnest, best ten minutes you can spend on the internet. I promise it will leave you smiling. And if you're a big cry baby like me, sniffling.

   

To learn more about this grade kid, his arcade and the film, check out Caine's Arcade. There's even a scholarship fund set up for this adorable, hard-working and brilliant little dude. Sniffle.

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14 comments:

  1. That is the most awesome thing I've seen on the internet recently. I love it when I see good and happy things instead of stupid or sad things.

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  2. So sweet! What an inspirational little kid! Who needs an Ipod or a Ds or Xbox?! Just give a give some empty cardboard boxes, some tape and a few old raffle tickets and look what he can do!

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  3. That kid is awesome! My son wants to be an inventor when he grows up - it's not a job I was informed, but what he will BE. I must have my son watch this video today.

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  4. Caine is amazing as is Nirvan for helping make this kid feel great. I wanna go to Caine's arcade!

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  5. OMG, when he shoved the little tickets out through the ticket slot I just wanted to give him a big squeeze. What a brilliant little dude!

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  6. *SNIFF* I watched it with my four year old son and told him, "Check out this video about a little boy who made his own arcade and watch Mama cry about it." My son was always looking back from the computer to me sniffling. Then he demanded I take him to Chuck E Cheeses. Sorry, kid, but I've got a few boxes in the garage. :)

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  7. Awwwww. That was sooo awesome! Gods it was so great to see a kid create something.

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  8. He's made over $100,000!! What an amazing proof that there is good. Really Really good. (As if we needed more proof after Christmas Hooker Experiment) xoxo

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  9. Crud! In a moment of poor judgment I showed my children the video. Guess what we're making in our garage? Yessiree! Caine's satellite arcade. Caine's arcade is going to be a chain! Fortunately, my kids lose interest quickly so hopefully we'll be back to collecting bugs and playing in the dirt tomorrow.

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  10. SNIFFLING, CRYING WHAT A SWEET LIL BOY!

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  11. oh tearing up here too. love love love!

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  12. Oh my goodness, now I'm boo-hooing at work! Caine is ADORABLE and his arcade is juvenile genius! I hope he keeps up the good work and gets his claw machine!

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  13. That is awesome!! What a great kid and lucky to have such a supportive dad!!

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