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#3. A Ride to School from Jay Leno

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Remember the days when all the kids viewed Jay Leno as the epitome of cool? Right, neither do we, but apparently there was a time when that must have been the case. Or at least it was if Jay Leno is to be believed.

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Would this man lie to you?

According to the story Leno eventually tells in this video (after ten-and-a-half action-packed minutes of him talking about cars), a young boy sent him a letter requesting help with a dire problem. See, this insincere lad had been telling his classmates that Jay Leno was his uncle, and sometimes Uncle Jay would give him a ride in his Lamborghini! Or at least he'd promise to give him a ride five years later, only to have the kid forcibly removed once he got in the car. We're unclear which version of the story the kid was feeding his friends. And it doesn't matter, because of course nobody believed the little fibber. After word of his deception hit the playground, little "Unnamed Jay Leno Fan No. 1" was a walking punchline. Hey, just like his fake dad!

Fast forward to Jay Leno reading a note from this kid asking if he'd help him live a lie and give him a lift to school. Because Jay Leno is a nice guy, and not overly concerned about sending kids the worst possible message about the consequences of their actions, he agreed to help out. A few days after receiving the letter, he showed up to give his young fan a ride to school and, upon dropping him off, even yelled some uncle-worthy words (whatever that means) in the kid's direction to sell the ruse to onlookers.

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"You ain't inheriting shiiiiit!"

And now, an indeterminate number of years later, all of those friends know that the kid was a liar all over again. Thanks a ton, Jay Leno.

#2. A One-of-a-Kind Smartphone

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Shane Bennett really liked Samsung products. So much so that he owned a Samsung LCD TV, a Samsung Galaxy S and a Samsung laptop. And, as everyone knows, once you've purchased three of anything from the same company, those people owe you something. Loyalty is meant to be rewarded; that's the whole point.

So, looking to cash in on his continued patronage, Bennett took to Samsung's Facebook page and posted a simple proposition. They send him a free Galaxy III S smartphone, and, not wanting to come off as some kind of freeloader, he would offer up a crude drawing of a dragon in return. Entire nations have changed hands on similar deals.

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This is the 21st century's Louisiana Purchase.

Because marketing people sure are wacky, someone from Samsung replied and explained that they couldn't just give away phones to everyone who asked, but, as a gesture of friendship, offered Bennett a drawing of a kangaroo instead. This adorable and completely improvised exchange made the front page of Reddit. That's a pretty big deal these days, especially from a marketing standpoint. Naturally, the company was going to have to come up with some other way to thank Shane Bennett.

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Although it was a wicked awesome drawing.

What they came up with ... was actually kind of sweet. They used his drawing of a dragon to design a one-of-a-kind Samsung Galaxy S III and shipped it off to the eager fanboy at no cost. And now here we are telling you about it. Marketing magic, ladies and gentlemen.

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Rawr indeed.

#1. A Beer With the President

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Man, those Obamas sure are a social pair. We've already covered Michelle's openness to being hit on by strangers in uniform, but you might be surprised to know that her slightly more famous husband is just as susceptible to the charms of strange men.

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"Wanna see the Lincoln bedroom?"

When a Marine named Dakota Meyer was scheduled to receive the Medal of Honor for his role in saving 36 lives during an Afghanistan ambush, he was contacted ahead of time by the White House. That's standard procedure. What's less standard is for the soon-to-be medal recipient to take the phone call as an opportunity to ask if he could maybe slam a beer or two with the president while he's in the neighborhood.

But Dakota Meyer did just that, and his request was granted. In a private meeting on a patio at the White House, the Marine and the president shared a brewski and, according to Meyer, discussed what it takes to be successful. Obama's advice: Get an education and don't make any rash decisions.

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"And any beer that's less than 8 percent alcohol isn't worth your time."

Sounds like a party to us! No wonder everybody wants to drink with Obama!


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