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How To Handle Being Out of Your Depth

6 tips from a successful con man.

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11/19/2014

22 Ways To Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Steps to prepare your mind and body.

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10/22/2014

What Every Man Should Know About Sleep

And how to get enough of the right kind. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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10/16/2014

How To Read Roman Numerals

Their empire may be gone, but their numbers live on, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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8/29/2014

Undo the Damage From Too Much Sitting

7 simple exercises.

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8/14/2014

Etiquette for Guys

Brett and Kate McKay on how to be an old-school gentleman.

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8/1/2014

Freedom, Adventure, Blissful Idleness

18 things every man should do this summer.

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7/8/2014

7 Letters To Write

In your own handwriting, before you turn 70.

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6/21/2014

Do You Carry a Pocket Knife?

Every man should.

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6/10/2014

How To Arm Wrestle and Win

Beat a stronger guy with some technique, speed, and strategy.

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6/3/2014

How To Shuffle a Deck of Cards


Like your granddad, and with a bit of flair. Illustration by Ted Slampyak.

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5/13/2014

10 Quiet Signs of Drowning

If he’s not thrashing about, you must act immediately to save his life. Illustration by Ted Slampyak.

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5/7/2014

How To Survive a Lightning Strike

Always use the 30/30 rule to seek protection, but here’s what to do if you can’t. Article by Ted Slampyak.

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4/28/2014

Knotology

Wearing a tie with style. Illustration by Ted Slampyak.

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4/11/2014

Hydration for the Apocalypse

Brett and Kate McKay on how to store water for long-term emergencies.

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4/3/2014

10 Ways To Help a Grieving Buddy

Harold Whitman on what you can do for a guy in sorrow.

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3/13/2014

9 Lessons From the Shark Tank

Brett and Kate McKay on becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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2/6/2014

How To Escape a Sinking Car

Memorize these 7 tips so you know exactly what to do. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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12/20/2013

The Rites of Manhood

Men need them, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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12/18/2013

Men, ‘Resilence’ Is Not Enough


You must become antifragile, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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12/6/2013

What Men Really Want

The 2013 guide to manly gifts. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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12/2/2013

Avoid Emotional Disaster

When your new love meets your family.

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11/28/2013

The Language of Manliness


So what if it’s out of style? Let’s bring it back, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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11/27/2013

How To Build a Backyard Fire Pit

And keep it secret. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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11/18/2013

Find Your Inner Gorilla

Cultivating the charisma of male power. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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11/14/2013

Got Charisma?

Brett and Kate McKay on the art of personal magnetism.

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11/8/2013

What Men Respect in Other Men

An argument from 1902 on being a gentleman. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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11/5/2013

Know Anybody Who Eats Like a Pig?

Table manners for those in your life who desperately need to learn some, from Brett and Kate McKay.

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10/30/2013

The Man’s Guide to New Family Traditions


60+ ideas to help inspire you to create your own. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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10/24/2013

The Child Is Father to the Man


9 habits young men should cultivate. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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10/1/2013

Are You Acting Like a True Man?


Embrace the part you’re given, no matter what it is, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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9/28/2013

Every Man Should Keep a Journal

That the NSA can’t read. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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9/16/2013

What Does It Mean To Be a Man?


80 quotes that illuminate the essence of manliness. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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9/11/2013

That First Dishonest Step

Brett and Kate McKay on maintaining your integrity.

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8/7/2013

How To Survive a Plane Crash

10 tips that could save your life. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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8/1/2013

Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere

Latin words and phrases every man should know. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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7/27/2013

Ignore Your Inbox

And actually get stuff done. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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7/19/2013

Do You Struggle With Compliments, Guys?


Don’t dismiss them, learn how to accept them graciously. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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7/18/2013

Fresh Dirt, Bacon, the Garage, Cowboy Coffee

And 14 other manly aromas. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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7/13/2013

Are You a Craftsman?

7 steps to hone your legacy in everyday life. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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7/5/2013

17 Top Western Movies

Have you seen them all? Article by Brett & Kate McKay.

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6/6/2013

Sheepdog or Sheep?

8 reasons most people may be hardwired to sheepness. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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5/29/2013

Fiction for Men

Suggested by men. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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5/23/2013

Men Are Rarely Comfortable Doing This

Communicating their needs to others. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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5/17/2013

Sheep or Sheepdog

Which kind of man are you? Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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5/16/2013

How To Be a Gentleman Behind the Wheel

Brett and Kate McKay on car etiquette.

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4/27/2013

Solvitur Ambulando

It is solved by walking, say Brett and Kate McKay.

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4/24/2013

The Gentleman’s Art of Tipping

Brett and Kate McKay on who, why and how much.

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3/23/2013

Nobody Teaches You This

How to use valet parking like a gentleman.

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3/22/2013

Are You an Autodidact?

How and why to teach yourself. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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3/20/2013

Unarmed Self-Defense

How to protect yourself from chokes, bear-hugs, kicks, and knife attacks. Article by Brett and Kate McKay.

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3/16/2013

How To End a Conversation

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3/9/2013

Tab Payers: 12 Classic Ways To Get a Friend To Buy You a Drink

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10/26/2012

Every Man Should Know How To Drive Stick

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10/20/2012

The Importance of Building Your Vocabulary (and 5 Easy Steps To Doing It)

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10/11/2012

31 Life Skills for Guys

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9/12/2012

A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

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9/8/2012

15 Maxims for Being a Reliable Man

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8/31/2012

Know Your Way Around a Kitchen

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8/23/2012

Heading Out on Your Own: Day 19 – Fix a Running Toilet

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8/21/2012

Be Your Own Boss: 37 Side Hustle Ideas

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8/17/2012

12 Concentration Exercises From 1918

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8/11/2012

The Desk Jockey Workout: 8 Ways to Stay in Shape at the Office

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7/26/2012

A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time

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7/18/2012

Cunning as a Serpent, Innocent as a Dove: The Art of Worldly Wisdom

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7/10/2012

Rules on the Proper Wearing of Socks

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7/4/2012

The Libraries, Studies, and Writing Rooms of 15 Famous Men

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6/21/2012

10 Great Songs About Dads

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6/14/2012

The Autonomous Man in an Other-Directed World

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6/13/2012

Unique Shaving and Grooming Rituals From History and Around the World

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6/9/2012

How To Properly Rock a Pocket Square

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5/30/2012

In Praise of the Push Reel Mower

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5/25/2012

Why Men Should Read More Fiction

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5/1/2012

Your Guide to the Perfect Business Lunch

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4/19/2012

A History of the American Bachelor: Post-Civil War America

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4/17/2012

How To Whistle With Your Fingers

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4/10/2012

Segregating the Sexes

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3/27/2012

An Introduction to Indian Club Training

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3/20/2012

The Walt Kowalski Toolbox

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3/16/2012

How to Write an Email That Will Actually Get a Response

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3/7/2012

How To Jump Start a Car

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2/25/2012
2/15/2012

The Importance of Roughhousing With Your Kids

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2/11/2012

Look ’Em in the Eye: Part I – The Importance of Eye Contact

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2/9/2012

The 4 Qualities of a True Statesman

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2/1/2012

A Formula for Success: The Power of Implementation Intentions

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1/26/2012

Willpower Part III: How To Strengthen Your Willpower and 20 Ways To Conserve It

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1/17/2012

Willpower Part II: How Your Willpower Is Depleted

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1/10/2012

Ace Your Exams: Study Tactics of the Successful Gentleman Scholar

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1/5/2012

Willpower: The Force of Greatness

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1/3/2012

11 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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12/23/2011

How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party – Part II: Guest Lists, Invitations, and Planning

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12/14/2011

How to Plan an Awesome Holiday Party: Choosing a Party Theme

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12/2/2011

How To Roast Chestnuts Over an Open Fire (Plus Chestnut Roaster Giveaway!)

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11/24/2011

How to Handle Being Out of Your Depth: 6 Tips From a Con Man

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11/23/2011

Develop a Strong He-Man Voice by Using the Voice Nature Gave You

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11/16/2011

15 Deal Breakers To Avoid When Pitching an Idea

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11/8/2011

The 3 Characteristics of an Educated Man

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11/1/2011

Selling Your Idea: How To Give an Effective Pitch

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10/10/2011

Every Man Should Do This Exercise Routine Every Day

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10/6/2011

Lessons in Manliness From Charles Atlas

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10/5/2011

Man Knowledge: The History of Invisible Ink

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9/12/2011

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver in 6 Different Situations

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8/17/2011

How To Run a Meeting

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8/5/2011

Become a Renaissance Man Without Spending a Dime

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7/30/2011

The Law of Sacrifice

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7/25/2011

Sharpen Your Procedural Memory

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7/16/2011

Become a Stand-Up Guy: The History, Benefits, and Use of Standing Desks

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7/7/2011

12 Best Movies About Fatherhood

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6/20/2011

The All-Time Best (and Worst) TV Dads

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6/18/2011

Fun With a Pocket Knife: How to Play Mumbley Peg

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6/8/2011

The Art of Manliness Guide to Snakes: Know Thine Enemy

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5/28/2011

Win the War on Debt: 80 Ways to Be Frugal and Save Money

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5/21/2011

The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism

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5/4/2011

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Memory

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4/18/2011

Famous Men and Their Motorcyles

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4/12/2011

The Secret of Great Men: Deliberate Practice

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4/11/2011

5 Items to Snap You Out of Your Digital Writing Routine

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3/28/2011

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric-Style

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3/18/2011

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric-Arrangement

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3/1/2011

How to Make a Secret Book Safe

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2/19/2011

Unleash the Power of the Nap

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2/8/2011

22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin

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2/1/2011

45 Manly Hobbies

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1/24/2011

5 Hearty Winter Breakfasts to Fill Your Belly

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1/10/2011

Manly Slang From the 19th Century

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1/3/2011

Becoming a Better Man in 2009

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12/31/2010

Classical Rhetoric 101: The Three Means of Persuasion

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12/23/2010

11 Ways to Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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12/14/2010

30 Days to a Better Man Day 23: Learn a Manual Skill

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12/11/2010

Classical Rhetoric 101: A Brief History

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12/1/2010

How to Start a Cozy Fireplace Fire

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11/25/2010

9 Ways to Winterize Your Car

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11/17/2010

15 Ways to Winterize Your Home

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11/13/2010

Surviving in the Wild: 19 Common Edible Plants

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10/7/2010

9 Ways To Start a Fire Without Matches

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9/20/2010

Never Let the Sun Catch You Sleeping: Why and How to Become an Early Riser

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9/8/2010

How to Firmly Say No Without Coming Off Like a Jerk

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8/31/2010

How to Be a Hobo

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8/21/2010

How to Make Introductions Like a Gentleman

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8/12/2010

Tarzan Skills: How to Swim, Dive, Climb, and Swing Like the Lord of the Apes

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8/7/2010

Balding Gracefully: Tips and Hairstyles for Balding Men

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7/15/2010

12 Classic and Manly Cop and Detective Shows

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6/26/2010

How To Shave Like Your Grandpa

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6/21/2010

Going Sockless in the Summer

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6/19/2010

Become a Human Lie Detector: How to Sniff Out a Liar

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6/9/2010

Finding Your Calling: What Is a Vocation?

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5/26/2010

The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality

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5/15/2010

Modern Maturity: Create More, Consume Less

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5/11/2010

How to Buy a Used Car

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4/24/2010

50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men

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4/22/2010

13 Things a Man Should Keep in His Car

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4/21/2010