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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Alexander Franz. If you look at news on the web, on TV, or on your social media feeds, it seems like politics have never been more toxic than they are today. Partisanship, gridlock, and continuous...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Everything about this potentially life-threatening injury is quite bad. A sucking chest wound occurs when the chest cavity is punctured by some foreign object. Bullets and bits of shrapnel are common culprits. Your lungs consist of delicate sacs...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

With simple lines and a flattering, masculine fit, the classic, nautical-inspired blazer jacket is a worthy men’s wardrobe staple. It differs from a suit jacket in that it doesn’t come with a matching pair of trousers and is thus a...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Stoicism emerged as a philosophy, a way of life — similar to a religion, really — most famously in ancient Rome somewhere around 50-100 AD (even though it was Greeks who pioneered the thinking). Two millennia later, the philosophy is enjoying a...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: The following is a excerpt from The ROTC Infantry Manual, published in 1942. You’d be hard pressed to find a better summation of a leader’s key qualities. The Qualities of a Leader What are the qualities which a...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

The best part of many action/superhero/sports films is arguably the training montage scene, in which we get to see, in compressed time, the protagonist prepare to do battle with his opponent. There’s something incredibly inspiring, and...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

We have a small lot of woodsy land behind our house, and a few years ago I decided to make a trail through it, leading to a “secret” fire pit. Blazing the trail was a lot of work — there were weeds to pull, thorny bushes to trim, and small...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Here’s the good news: piranhas very rarely attack humans unless said humans are already injured or dead. Here’s the bad news, according to Ray Owczarzak, assistant curator of fishes at the National Aquarium in Baltimore: it would only take about ...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Eric McCarty.  My neighbor, JT, is seven feet tall. Or close to it. His dog, Mia, is 10 inches high at the spikiest hair on her pointiest ear. Or close to it. JT and I have been neighbors for...

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By: Brett

Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). My Picks This Month 1. Blunt Umbrella. Spring is here,...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

You’ve been in your job at work for a few years, and for almost as long you’ve been angling for a promotion to a higher position. One day the desired slot opens up, and your boss calls you into his office to let you know you’ve got the job....

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

“I Don’t Know” From the Business of Life, 1916 By Frank Crane One of the healthiest exercises for the soul of man is the habit of saying “I don’t know.” I like those words. They smell of intellectual honesty. They smack of...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Like most American boys, I played baseball in the summers. And as cliché as it may sound, I took away some important life lessons from my days on the diamond. One that has stuck with me and that I think about often even today is the adage on how to ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Have you ever unexpectedly found yourself with a snatch of time in which to steal a nap? You tried to settle into the chair or nook in which you found yourself, closed your eyes, and then . . . you just sat there, drowsy but awake. Despite feeling...

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By: Brett

Podcasts seem to be everywhere these days, but I still run into people who are interested in listening to them but haven’t quite figured out how to do so (in fact, sometimes when I invite older guests to be on the AoM podcast, they ask,...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

In 2010, a tragic human stampede occurred during a festival in Phnom Penh. When thousands attempted to cross the suspension bridge that served as the festival’s primary entry, the bridge began to sway under the excessive weight, panic set in, and...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Spring is officially here. If you’re looking to slough off the lethargy and doldrums of winter, consider signing up for The Strenuous Life. It will get you back moving, back outside, and back feeling like you’ve got some positive...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents a distillation of all the great works they fed into their minds. This series seeks to trace...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Whether you’re moving, getting new furniture/appliances, or simply decluttering, it can be hard to know how to dispose of large, unwanted items. The old ratty couch, the refrigerator that runs constantly and is as loud as a fighter jet, the unsafe ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Studies show that people remember the beginning of something, and the end of it, the best. The middle of it is recalled a little more hazily. Once a novel experience starts, your brain really starts focusing on what’s going on and quickly makes...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Igniting a fire requires more than a spark. Sweating through a bow drill session to create an ember or grinding away at a piece of flint to make a shower of sparks is wasted if you don’t have a good home for the flicker of fire that’s...

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By: Brett

So you know how to pick a lock with a tension wrench and rake. This is an incredibly useful skill, which will allow you to get in your house if you get locked out without having to call a locksmith, and will also allow you to help others...

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By: Brett

When the Soviet Union invaded Finland in 1939, Russian leadership thought the country would be easily conquered. After all, the Soviets had one of the world’s largest militaries, while Finland had one of the smallest. The Finns were...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

It’s hard not to notice that in interactions both online and off, people seem increasingly polarized when it comes to political, social justice, and moral and ethical issues of all kinds. Rather than engaging in a civil discussion, debates turn...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

When you’re a busy parent, going out to eat can be a godsend. There are just some days when you don’t feel like cooking dinner, you don’t feel like cleaning up the subsequent mess, and you don’t even feel like getting take-out; after waiting ...

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By: Antonio

Your casual clothes are the ones you wear on your own time. It’s hard to put boundaries on what pieces of clothing count as “casual” and which ones don’t. If you ask what a suit is, most people will say “business...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

It’s been two months since the start of the new year. How are things going for you? There’s a good chance that your answer is: “Not great.” There’s a good chance that the optimism and motivation and momentum you started the year with have...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: At the back of the modern U.S. Marine Corps field manual, Survival, Evasion, and Recovery, you’ll find an appendix on maintaining “the will to survive.” It offers a succinct list of points a Marine should...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

You’re staying in a cabin with some friends and family in the remote wilderness far from civilization. It’s quiet. Pristine. Life is good. One morning while your buddy is splitting wood, his maul glances off the log and cuts into his...

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By: Brett

Last year I read over 120 books. When I posted a collage of my favorite of those 120 reads on Instagram, a lot of guys asked me what my secret was for digesting that many tomes in 12 months. I’ve developed some tactics during my years of...

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By: Brett

Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). My Picks This Month 1. Myles Elements Crew. How do you ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

What does it mean to be “self-reliant”? Is it living off the grid in a cabin in the remote wilderness? Doing everything yourself, and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps?  Or is there a deeper and even more profound meaning to be...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: “If you want to start incorporating microadventures into your life,” Alastair Humphreys writes in Microadventures, the most important thing to do is change your perspective. . . . One way to help this mind shift is by...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Kyle Eschenroeder, author of The Pocket Guide to Self-Reliance. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson The goal of self-reliance is to...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Maybe you’ve been following a barbell training program for a while now. Maybe you do your workouts in a garage gym at home, and your curious kids have been hanging out with you while you exercise and cheering you on for getting swol. Maybe...

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By: Brett

Across animal species males typically initiate mating, while women decide to accept or reject those advances. While we share this prototypical mating arrangement with other mammals, it’s a bit more nuanced with us humans. Men are expected to...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Kyle Eschenroeder, author of The Pocket Guide to Self-Reliance. “The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson The goal of self-reliance is to...

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By: Matt Moore

The Philadelphia Eagles might have recently gained a slew of new fans, but the city’s iconic sandwich, the cheesesteak, has always been destined for greatness. I like to think that such distinguished and famed foodstuffs are created both out of...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Media and literature on leadership abound. Everywhere you look, there’s another book, podcast, or motivational speech on how to become a better leader. People are clearly very interested in the topic, which isn’t at all surprising. Nearly...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

It is almost guaranteed that every boy, at some point, wanted to be a cowboy. The thought of hopping on your trusty steed and riding off into the sunset is too perfect a dream to ignore. Learning how to ride a horse well, though, can take years. It...

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By: Antonio

Belts are worn for both function and style. A seemingly small accessory, they can have a surprisingly large impact on the impression you make. They can be a piece that pulls an outfit together, or end up becoming a distraction that sabotages its...

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By: AoM Team

We find ourselves upon that holiday dedicated to romance, when our thoughts naturally tend towards the state of our relationships. Perhaps you’re single and wondering how to have better success with dating. Or already dating someone, and...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

“Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel for his part brought of the firstlings of his flock, their...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following is a reproduction of a booklet published in 1952: How to Perform Strong Man Stunts by Ottley R. Coulter. Coulter (1890-1976) was a devoted physical culturist, weightlifter, and circus strongman. He also served ...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Brunch Is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam. Gagliano and Newnam argue that dinner parties can serve as “the very ...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

First used as a necessary technique for pre-WWII clunky gear mechanisms, heel-toe shifting is largely unnecessary for daily drivers. Used mostly by motorsports professionals in high-octane cars and motorcycles, it’s not really something you need...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Last year we started The Strenuous Life: an online/offline platform that’s like a scouting program for grown men. Each month, members receive The Strenuous Life Bugle, a newsletter that highlights what’s been going on at...