Alabama Man Successfully Crowdfunds So He Can Buy A 20 Piece McNugget Meal

It’s not everyday that you come across a real hero on the Internet. But today, you’ve found one.

Michael Panik, a communications student at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama successfully used the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to raise $10 so he could buy himself a 20 piece Chicken McNugget meal at McDonalds.

Panik explained the motivations behind the campaign.

“A friend and mine were talking about all the ridiculous GoFundMe campaigns we’ve seen recently, basically people just asking for money to buy personal stuff: new equipment, software,” Panik said. “It’s pretty rude, honestly-just begging for money for things you want or need, that ultimately aren’t super expensive, and aren’t true necessities.”

Panik also said that he was a little bitter over the crowdfunding concept since he failed to raise money in the past on similar sites.

“I think that crowd funding is excellent, really, when used the right way,” Panik said. “I had a campaign for $10,000 to make a documentary fail back in the spring, and I’m a little bitter, but I think the concept is there. A lot of people do really spectacular things with money raised through GFM, Kickstarter, and others.”

Panik’s crowdfunding campaign for $10 was met in only a few hours. A man named Michael Brown gave him the money, saying “Enjoy!” in the comments.


Michael Panik Photo Credit: Michael Panik/Facebook

His tongue firmly planted in his cheek, Panik thanked Brown.

“Michael Brown is a truly beautiful soul, devoted to philanthropy, and has the highest honor in my heart,” Panik said. “I sincerely hope to make him proud by using his generous donation to achieve my supreme goal.”

While not in class, Panik works as a web developer with Plexamedia, and as a technical director at a church in Rome, GA. He said that was primarily interested in filmmaking and was focused in producing documentaries. His first feature-length documentary, Thrift Store Symphony is in post-production and will premiere next fall.

“I’m so glad my Chicken McNugget scheme kind of took off just in my network, honestly, Panik said. “I’d love to see more people find this, and realize that maybe, if you want something, you should spend less time asking people for money, and going out there, working, and getting it for yourself.”

Panik wasn’t sure when he would be seeing his windfall.

“I’m not totally sure, but I hope it’s soon,” Panik said. “Ya boy is hungry.”

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Student at University of Miami Wore a Tiara Every Day For 8 Years

You may know her as “Tiara Girl” on campus. Annie Rudd, a senior at the University of Miami, has worn a tiara on her head every day for the past 8 years.

August 25, 2007, was the first day she ever wore a tiara at her 13th birthday, and the last day she left the house without it.

“The tiara was just too good of a look to let go,” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its been 8 years of my life. It sort of just became my thing, and it worked.”

Before even realizing it, wearing a tiara became a daily routine.

Now 21-years-old, Rudd will graduate soon from UM with a major in psychology and a minor in art. She hopes to purse a master’s degree in family and marriage counseling.


Annie Rudd


Annie Rudd

In 2012 , Rudd was featured on lifetime’s reality show “Prom Queen,” crowned prom queen at Miami Beach Senior High School. At University of Miami, Rudd has become a sort of local celebrity to students at the campus.

“At UM, I’m known as Tiara Girl,” Rudd said. “We have this Facebook page called UMiami Secrets and they would post about me a lot. There was one that said, ‘OMG I just saw tiara girl for the first time. Now I know how Hogwarts felt when they first saw Harry Potter.’”


Annie Rudd

She never leaves the house without her tiara, she may forget but it never takes more than a few steps out of the door to remember.

“It’s basically second nature.” Rudd said. “I don’t even realize its on when I go out, but people will give me ugly looks sometimes. Some people don’t get the tiara and assume the worst, but once they meet me they understand I’m not stuck up.”

For Rudd, the tiara exemplifies that she enjoys everything life has to offer and lives with no regrets. Her story is a reminder that it’s okay to be who you are without living in fear of what others think of you.


Annie Rudd

“The tiara is a great conversation starter,” Rudd said. “Meeting and making friends is super important at our age. It’s all about the connections we have later on in life.”

Rudd said that although she enjoys the tiara as a fundamental part of her life, some people don’t take her seriously as a result.

“People definitely think it’s a little immature, but I don’t care. I only have one life,” Rudd said.

The tiara isn’t coming off anytime soon.

“I definitely can’t see myself not wearing it, it’s just a part of my identity now,” Rudd said. “It’s all a learning experience. I like it and that’s all that matters. There’s nothing to regret about it.”

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Video Of The Day: This Cute Little Girl Thinks She’s Just Like Serena Williams

Here’s a fun video to help you get through the afternoon.

Kimberly J. Harris posted this adorable video of her daughter explaining her tennis talent on Facebook last week. It has since gone viral.

How could you disagree with her? She is just like Serena Williams.

On a more serious note, the real Williams is just two victories away from completing the Grand Slam this season.

Cover Photo Credit: Kimberly J. Harris/Facebook

This Minnesota Twins Bat Boy Is Our Spirit Animal

The Minnesota Twins are battling it out for a chance to make the postseason for the first time since 2010 and it is sure to be a grueling few weeks for the squad moving forward.

Enter a hero. (Also known as a team batboy who can dance really good).

Tori Hunter, a longtime star for the team posted to Instagram this video of a (currently) unnamed batboy totally nailing the “Hit the Quan” dance.

He is the hero we all need right now.

Cover Photo Credit: Screenshot/ Tori Hunter (Instagram)

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