30 Aug '12, 8pm

8-year-old gets rich off whale vomit and decides to open an animal shelter:

British kids named Charlie are basically the best. They bite their brothers and laugh , they tour chocolate factories, etc. This one , Charlie Naysmith, 8, is the sort of kid who, when he unexpectedly finds a rock-like substance worth tens of thousands of dollars, donates it all to help animals. Charlie is into nature, so when he found a large weird chunk of rock on the beach, he took it home as a specimen. Turns out, it was actually a piece of ambergris — a chunk of hardened whale vomit. Ambergris is prized by perfume-makers, as it helps more delicate smells linger, and since it’s hard to find, it’s extremely valuable. With a little research, Charlie discovered that his chunk was worth more than $63,000. But, like I said, British kids named Charlie are basically the best. So whereas most kids might use $63,000 to buy a boat-load of chocolate and look for golden tickets, C...

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