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Nov 26, 2016
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Time for this week’s roundup of man knowledge! If you want to make your weekend a little bit more productive, read on to learn about an extra sturdy iPhone, an extra generous millionaire, and the side effects of believing in Santa Claus.

 

Who says iPhones aren’t sturdy? An American dropped an OtterBox-encased iPhone 4 into a lake, and it still worked when it was switched on again six months later. That’s how you sell a phone case, guys!

 

Some news for those who still held on to their Pokemon cards: an ultra rare mint “Pikachu Illustrator” card just fetched $54,970 at an auction, making it the priciest Pokemon card in history. Why the high price tag? Only 20-39 copies of the card were released in 1998, and they were given as prizes for an illustration contest. Swerte naman!

 

Not all heroes wear capes…or even t-shirts. Exhibit A: this brave shirtless Russian dude who risked hypothermia by rescuing a dog trapped in a frozen lake. Cue the onion-chopping ninjas.

 

Corona beer founder Antonino Fernández is the ultimate Good Guy Greg: the tycoon, who died last August, left $2 million to EACH of the 80 residents of Spanish village Cerezales del Condado, where he grew up. Wow!

 

Another good guy Greg: Tom Hanks, who, after receiving a sketchbook with drawings and paintings from all his films from fan Denise Esposito, returned the favor by mailing her a typewriter and a handwritten note, encouraging her to make more art. Warm, fuzzy feelings all around!

 

We all know that Freddie Mercury was one of the best singers in the world, but science made it official only now, after a team of Austrian, Czech, and Swedish researchers did an in-depth study on the Queen singer’s voice. The findings are kinda complicated to explain, but in case you’re interested, you can take a look here.

 

11-year-old Juan David Hernandez, who lives in a shootout-plagued town in Mexico, has created a bullet-proof backpack with a GPS tracker and an alarm system. In these trying times, you never know when you might need one!

 

Did your parents ever lie to you about Santa Claus as a kid? Then you can blame them for your trust issues: a psychological study found that making kids believe in myths (like Santa) can erode their sense of trust, “and this might make them wonder what other lies they’ve been told.” Hey, this applies to relationships too!

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Speaking of Santa Claus: meet Kya, a one-year-old Shiba Inu who loves her toy Santa. So you can imagine her happiness when she got the chance to meet a human version of her favorite toy. So pure, much wow!

 

When Jennifer Lawrence is speaking you don’t know if she’s kidding or not. Like in this interview, where she said she’d be a stripper if she wasn’t an actress. We’re pretty sure she’d be a great stripper, though!

 

We can’t imagine the Star Wars universe without Yoda, but our favorite little green man nearly didn’t make it to the big screen. Judging from the first trilogy’s early concept art, Yoda was supposed to look more like an extra in Snow White And The Seven Dwarves than the great Jedi master we all know and love. Thank god Yoda-gnome didn’t push through!

 

Planning a trip to London soon? Don’t forget to drop by the world’s largest LEGO store! With a six-meter high Big Ben replica and a LEGO-fied William Shakespeare in the premises, it’s a kid’s wet dream.

 

Ed Sheeran earns £30,000 in one day. That’s around P1,865,000, guys. But our man Ed doesn’t go around flaunting it: He’d limit his spending to £1,000 a month, the bulk of which goes to taxis. With that mindset, he’s gonna be set for life!

 

Have you seen this computer animated performance on Mongolia’s Got Talent? If you haven’t yet, please do. It’s the most amazing thing we’ve seen.

 

OK Go does it again with their amazingly awesome new video, which they created from just 4.2 SECONDS of footage. Watch:

 

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