Things that worked this week: the Internet

Internet, you are so fine.

Today’s affirmation comes from — surprise! — Boston, where Richard Whalley saw this photo on Reddit.


It’s a horrible way, really, to find out your father has been badly hurt in a bombing.

“There was a possibility my mom was dead,” Whalley tells ABC News. “I knew she was older and pretty close to the blast.”

The hospitals had no record of either elder Whalley, so he posted on his Facebook page.


Within 10 minutes, people on Facebook had made enough calls to locate both mother and father. They were in two separate hospitals.

They’ve had about a dozen surgeries and it’ll be a long recovery. So his friends at MIT have set up an online fundraising site to raise $100,000 to help. So far, they’ve raised $50,000.