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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

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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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: 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: 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: 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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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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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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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

Though he’s been called the greatest combat general of modern times, George S. Patton didn’t feel like a natural born leader. In fact, as a boy he was rather sensitive, timid, and mild in disposition, and thought himself deficient in the...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

“The heart of his breakfast was a plentitude of sourdough biscuits, which he cooked in a Dutch oven out in the backyard. His pot dough had been perking along happily for over ten years, and the first thing he did upon rising was check it out....

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Men have complained about ties for ages. They can feel binding and hot, and seem a little strange, a little pointless, and a little like a colorful noose. If you’re a man who dislikes ties, is it advisable to wear a suit without one? Can you...

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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

When I was a boy, whenever there was a food or activity that I didn’t want to partake of or participate in, my dad, like most dads in America, would tell me, “It’ll put hair on your chest!” When you’re an eight-year-old ...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Card games have been around for a long time. They’ve existed in various forms for a millennium, having been invented in the Far East. From there, they came West with trading, and in the 1400s the French solidified the 52-card deck and the four...

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When the AoM store started nearly 10 years ago, it was a humble shop, with just a few t-shirt designs. Over the years, we’ve really expanded the number of things we offer, which now includes not just AoM swag, but books and products that are...

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By: Nina Ojeda

You could always give them money, but if that's not an option, here are a lot of great ideas.

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The holiday season is now in full swing. People will be decking the halls, throwing parties, offering tidings of good cheer, and engaging with all things festive. Though this time of year is supposed to be merry and bright, however, it can also...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article by Alexander Franz. According to Brett’s article on how a car engine works, “The crankshaft is what converts the up and down motion of the pistons into a rotational motion that allows the car to...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The other day I was helping a guy move. We were carrying heavy stuff like pianos, dressers, and even an old cabinet hi-fi stereo. As I was helping him load this stuff in the U-Haul truck, I got to thinking, “I can deadlift 550 pounds, but...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following excerpt on preparing to escape a prisoner of war camp was taken from FM 21-76: Survival, an Army field manual published in 1957. Noting that “because the conditions in various POW camps differ, ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: After the Battle of Bull Run, Ulysses S. Grant was appointed colonel of a regiment of infantry. In this excerpt from his personal memoirs, he reveals the anxiety he felt as he led his men in their first serious expedition in...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Alexander Graham Bell possessed one of the most fertile and brilliant minds in modern history. Though he is famous for inventing the telephone, he also developed or helped develop a photophone (which wirelessly communicated sound on a beam of...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following rules for civil conversation were written in 1692 by the influential English jurist Matthew Hale in a letter to his children. It’s amazing how well they hold up over three centuries later! (The text has been...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Some watch styles have become menswear classics that will never go out of style thanks to their heritage, their craftsmanship, their handsome good looks, and, let’s not fool ourselves, their price tag. Never underestimate the power of luxury...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Earlier this year, we launched The Pocket Guide to Action: 116 Meditations on the Art of Doing by Kyle Eschenroeder. So far it’s only been available exclusively from The Art of Manliness Store, but we’ve had requests to make it...

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By: Matt Moore

I’m sorry biscuits. I’ve been cheating on you. No longer am I stuffing you full of bacon, eggs, and cheese, or slathering you with sawmill gravy. I’ve found a new love — something faster, easier, and dare I say, a wee bit healthier. I’m...

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By: Matt Moore

I’m sorry biscuits. I’ve been cheating on you. No longer am I stuffing you full of bacon, eggs, and cheese, or slathering you with sawmill gravy. I’ve found a new love — something faster, easier, and dare I say, a wee bit healthier. I’m...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Alexander Graham Bell possessed one of the most fertile and brilliant minds in modern history. Though he is famous for inventing the telephone, he also developed or helped develop a photophone (which wirelessly communicated sound on a beam of...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Target shooting has been around for over 100 years. In its earliest forms, enthusiasts stuffed glass balls with feathers and then waited as their friends tossed them in the air to be blown apart mid-flight. Since then, it has evolved from a...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Several years ago researchers presented modern males with some pretty bad news: men today have 20% less testosterone than men did at the same age just two decades ago. On the heels of those unfortunate findings has recently come another bad omen...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

About half of all adults snore occasionally, and about a quarter snore regularly. While it’s sort of a funny topic, and often joked about in sitcoms, snoring can cause real issues in the bedroom. Whether it’s keeping you from getting the deep,...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Last year, I noticed an interesting trend here on The Art of Manliness: the most common way people were sharing our content wasn’t with Facebook or Twitter or any of the other big social media platforms. It was with messaging apps like...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following except on “Memory Aids” comes from Increasing Personal Efficiency (1925) by Donald A. Laird. Some re-formatting and condensation have been applied to the original chapter.  The strength of your...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Collin Rainey.  “He who can reach a child’s heart, can reach the world’s heart.” —Rudyard Kipling My wife and I were at the furthest point out on our hiking loop when she asked me, “How...

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By: Brett

Few figures in history have had as powerful an impact on American masculinity as the cowboy. While the mythologization of the cowboy began all the way back in the late 1800s with dime novels and Wild West shows, it wasn’t until the advent of ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

While email and texts have become the standard form of written communication in today’s fast-paced, digital world, there’s still a place for old-fashioned, snail mail letters. The physical heft of a letter gives the communication a psychological ...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Tying bedsheets together to make a viable rope seems like the sort of thing reserved for cartoons and action movies. But time and again it’s been proven to be a very real way to escape from multi-story buildings. A few days before Christmas in ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

I hate cardio. Like some men who feel similarly, my hatred for cardio goes back to my sports playing days where running and sprinting were used by coaches as a form of tough love, i.e., punishment. Mess up a play? Go run a lap. No, make that three....

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

“Far too often we let little things slide. But just turn on the news and listen as the anchors lament an auto-part defect leading to deaths and multibillion-dollar recalls or a small leak in a gas pipeline causing an explosion that endangers...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Fishing with a rod and line, and an artificial lightweight lure made to imitate fish prey — that is, fly fishing — was first recorded around the year 200. And while modern innovation has improved the quality and durability of the materials, the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

“Success and Happiness” From The Successful Man in His Manifold Relations to Life, 1886 By J. Clinton Ransom A gray-haired man once visited the school where the writer was a pupil in one of the lowest grades. In the course of a talk...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Few things are more fun for kids than being able to take raw ingredients and turn them into something completely new; even better when that something can be played with; and maybe best of all when it’s something ooey and gooey that elicits...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from Erik Kennedy.  There’s a myth that the moment you have a kid, you are duty-bound to cut off contact with the outside world. Any hobbies, sports, or adventures that you participated in...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Cuts from shaving are a near inevitability for most men. No matter how much experience you have, no matter how much your razor tilts and glides and caresses your face, those blades will bite eventually. Having a good, sharp razor is actually a great ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You spend hours crafting the perfect workout plan. When you’re in the gym, you stick to your program religiously. Every workout, you’re in #beastmode. You push yourself beyond your limits. The training hurts, but it’s a good kind...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You’ve talked to a cute barista at your favorite coffee shop for months, but you only see her when she’s working. You’ve become good buddies with a guy at work, but you’ve never hung out with him outside the office. You...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You arrive at your favorite coffee shop in the ‘burbs and notice a guy in a green baseball cap standing behind you. You give him a friendly nod and go back to looking at the menu. While you’re taking a bite from your Arby’s roast...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The other day we were out with a friend who was treating us for lunch. When it came time for paying the bill, she busted out her checkbook and started writing a check. “The chip on my credit card is broken, and all I have is my checkbook,” she...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Think of the cardigan sweater and you may think of a kindly grandfather sitting by the fire, smoking a pipe. Or a college professor. Or, very likely, Mr. Rogers. Maybe these associations don’t leave you excited about this garment. Maybe they...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

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 the...