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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...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

At the Göbekli Tepe archaeological site in Turkey, large barrel-shaped stone vessels were found that may have been used to hold copious amounts of beer made from wild grasses. These remnants indicate that the production of alcoholic beverages could ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a ...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Contrary to the name, English muffins are not in fact English. They were first created by Samuel Thomas in the late 1800s at a bakery in New York City. (Thomas’ brand English muffins are still largely what you see on store shelves today.) This ...

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By: Brett

I don’t collect too many things, but I do enjoy collecting pocket knives. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by them. I loved rummaging through my dad’s treasure box and looking at his collection, dreaming about the day I’d own a...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

In most urban situations, the cell phone is the ultimate survival tool. With it, you can call for help, get directions, and look up practical information (you’ve downloaded a digital survival library, right?). In the wilderness, if your...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Ryan Holiday.  As long as man has been alive, he has been collecting little sayings about how to live. We find them carved in the rock of the Temple of Apollo and etched as graffiti on the walls ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

From The Simple Life, 1903 By Charles Wagner In its dreams, man’s ambition embraces vast limits, but it is rarely given us to achieve great things, and even then, a quick and sure success always rests on a groundwork of patient preparation....

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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. Flint and Tinder Moleskin Shirt ...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

As you might imagine, data show that the number of people signing up for gym memberships and setting goals spikes on January 1st of each year. But these behaviors also surge on the 1st of every month, on birthdays, on the days the seasons change,...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

As you might imagine, data show that the number of people signing up for gym memberships and setting goals spikes on January 1st of each year. But these behaviors also surge on the 1st of every month, on birthdays, on the days the seasons change,...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following excerpt — “Practice, and Some Other Things, Make Perfect” — comes from Increasing Personal Efficiency (1925) by Donald A. Laird. Some re-formatting and condensation have been applied to...

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By: Antonio

Yesterday, we laid out the reasons why what you wear to a job interview is very important. We also debunked a common myth: a formal business suit is not always the right outfit for an interview. It often is, and if you really have nothing else to go ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Many know of the epic race in 1910 between Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott to be the first to reach the South Pole, and the tragic end met by the latter explorer. Most people have also heard of the heroic leadership of Ernest Shackleton, who...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Log Off: How to Stay Connected after Disconnecting by Blake Snow.  The “king complex.” That’s the reason it’s difficult for many individuals to leave the internet — even for as...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Hey, did you know there’s an Art of Manliness app for iPhone and Android devices? It’s true, and we’ve recently updated the app based on user feedback. Here’s what’s new with the Art of Manliness app: Better Offline...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

One of James Bond’s most enduring catchphrases is “shaken, not stirred.” But what, exactly, is being mixed in that cocktail shaker? Most of us know that it’s a martini of some sort, but that cocktail has evolved in such numerous ways over...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

When it comes to keeping your New Year’s resolutions, you probably think you know the secret to success. Whether you’ve resolved to lose weight, eat better, use your time more effectively, or even to amor fati, you’ve simply got to get more...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

It’s the time of year when there’s a rush of new members at the gym. It’s awesome that these folks are making a new commitment to their health, but if you number yourself among them, know that the gym, like every other place and...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Ten years ago today, the very first article on the Art of Manliness went live. It’s hard to believe we’ve been at this a decade! I started AoM back in January 2008 when I was a 25-year-old, second-year law student. The idea for the site came a...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

In 2016, the United States Navy announced that its blue wool pea coats — which had been in use for well over a century — would cease being standard-issue for Sailors. In 2018, a black synthetic parka would be phased in, and by 2020,...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Last year we launched a new program called The Strenuous Life.  It’s the culmination of nearly a decade of thought and writing on AoM and two years of dedicated work on the idea itself. The entire purpose of The Strenuous Life is to help...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Exercising regularly is surely one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions. And surely one of the most commonly broken. Gyms around the world fill up with freshly-minted members in January . . . who are almost all gone by February. If...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from Kyle Eschenroeder.  We’ve once more rolled into the time of year where many of us make resolutions for how to live better in the months to come. Most of these resolutions concern very...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

While almost any way you bust open a bubbly bottle of champagne is exciting, it’s made even more so by using a saber for the task. The art of sabrage may date from the Napoleonic era, when military officers and perhaps The Little Corporal...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Another year here at the Art of Manliness is in the books. 2017 was a big year for us at AoM. We launched a new book, dabbled with being a publisher ourselves, and launched a whole new online/offline program called The Strenuous Life. More on those...

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By: AoM Team

Anyone can open their wallet and plop down cash for a nice present. But the gifts that mean the most are the ones people make for you; knowing someone spent their time crafting something just for you is truly special. Plus, in a very consumeristic...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following essay — “The Fine Art of Living Together” by Bentley Bates — comes from The Boy’s Own Book of Leadership, published in 1933.   A heap of fellows think manners don’t amount ...

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By: AoM Team

In the modern day, it’s conceivable that a man might never find occasion, outside a wedding, to propose a toast. And even when called upon to give one in the role of best man, he is very likely, despite being given plenty of lead time to...

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By: AoM Team

For each of the last four years, my wife and I (Jeremy) have hosted a Friendsgiving dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It’s a chance to gather our social group together for a potluck turkey dinner and give thanks for all the good things in our ...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

As the holidays draw near and the coldest days of the year start trickling in, the idea of warming up by the crackling flames of a picture-perfect fire is too alluring to ignore. But without the right preparation, that ideal fire can turn into a...

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By: AoM Team

Welcome to AoM’s 12 Days of Christmas! We’ve partnered with Huckberry to bring you 12 straight days of awesome gift guides and giveaways. Each day will feature a different Huckberry shop with 10 gift ideas, as well as a giveaway....

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Welcome to AoM’s 12 Days of Christmas! We’ve partnered with Huckberry to bring you 12 straight days of awesome gift guides and giveaways. Each day will feature a different Huckberry shop with 10 gift ideas, as well as a giveaway....

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Welcome to AoM’s 12 Days of Christmas! We’ve partnered with Huckberry to bring you 12 straight days of awesome gift guides and giveaways. Each day will feature a different Huckberry shop with 10 gift ideas, as well as a giveaway....

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By: Gary Trust

Mariah Carey's 1994 holiday classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" surges 21-11 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Dec. 23), matching...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The philosopher Plato thought that the soul of man could be compared to a chariot and consisted of three parts: a dark horse which represented the appetites, a white horse that represented thumos, and the charioteer which symbolized reason, and...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

As the holidays draw near and the coldest days of the year start trickling in, the idea of warming up by the crackling flames of a picture-perfect fire is too alluring to ignore. But without the right preparation, that ideal fire can turn into a...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

In January of 2015, two Canadian hikers set off on a hike in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness of the Adirondacks. There was snow around, but it seemed like the trail was clear enough so they opted to stick with their boots and leave the snowshoes...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

While busy airports tend to get all the attention around the holiday travel season, the highways and byways are actually far more trafficked. Of long-distance travelers — those going 50 miles or more — over 90% are getting to where they’re...

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By: AoM Team

Welcome to AoM’s 12 Days of Christmas! We’ve partnered with Huckberry to bring you 12 straight days of awesome gift guides and giveaways. Each day will feature a different Huckberry shop with 10 gift ideas, as well as a giveaway....

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

We’ve talked before about how in an age when checks have become uncommon (but still are used occasionally), the younger generation often doesn’t know how to write them, and offered a quick tutorial on the subject to remedy this knowledge gap....

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

While busy airports tend to get all the attention around the holiday travel season, the highways and byways are actually far more trafficked. Of long-distance travelers — those going 50 miles or more — over 90% are getting to where they’re...