October 2010

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Welcome the Newest Member of the McKay Family and AoM Team: Augustus George McKay

by Brett & Kate McKay

Hey everyone. You may have noticed the radio silence the past few days. There’s a perfectly good reason for it. Yesterday at 6:10 PM Kate and I welcomed our first child into the world. His name is Augustus George McKay. We’re calling him Gus. Gus weighed in at 7 lbs 10 oz and measured 22 […]

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Fight Prostate Cancer by Growing a Mustache: The 2010 Movember Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay

Every time I turn on a football game, I see players with pink shoelaces and pink gloves and pink towels, all promoting breast cancer awareness. This year the White House was bathed in pink light and even the fire trucks in my town got painted pink for the cause. Now I’m all for saving the […]

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Forecast the Weather Like Daniel Boone

by Chris

Technology has brought the world a long way, enabling us to consume more information in a few short minutes on Google Mobile than folks decades ago could locate in a week by plowing through books at the local library. And yet, with all this readily available information and the focus on being able to find […]

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A Man’s Guide to the Trench Coat

by Antonio

  Perhaps no garment is as romanticized as the trench coat; from South Africa to France to Casablanca to London, it has remained functional and almost unchanged for over 100 years.  Look closely at the pictures in this article and you’ll notice the trench coat of a century ago is almost identical to those sold […]

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The Men of Easy Company-Part I: Warren “Skip” Muck

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: In the weeks preceding the US observance of Veteran’s Day, we will be publishing a three part series of short profiles written by Marcus Brotherton about the men from WWII’s Easy Company. Brotherton is the author of several books about this famous Band of Brothers. As a young man he swam the fast-flowing […]

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How to Wrestle an Alligator

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Ty Karnitz. Imagine this situation—you take a break from your exploration of cannibal-infested, uncharted jungle to set up camp along the river when your female traveling companion informs you she’s off to bathe in the river. She leaves you to set camp and start the fire. And […]

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Winners of the Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi

by Brett & Kate McKay

A few weeks ago we held a contest on the site called Shoe Shine Saturday. Readers submitted photos of their best shoe shine, and the pictures were judged by the quality of the shoe shine and the creativity of the photo. KIWI Shoe Care was kind enough to sponsor the contest by offering some awesome […]

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The Basics of Art: The Baroque Period

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is Part II in a series designed to give readers a primer on the simple basics of some of the major periods of Western art in the hopes of giving you something to say on your next date to the museum and a deeper appreciation for art in general. Part I covered the basics […]

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Manvotional: Aesop’s Fables

by Brett & Kate McKay

Aesop’s fables might seem like “kid’s stuff,” and certainly their short nature and anthropomorphic characters make them an easy read for the younger set. But reading through a book of them recently I was delighted by the quick kick in the pants they provide; their short, pithy messages can assuredly be appreciated by men as […]

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Training Muay Thai in Thailand: What You Need to Know

by Bryan Schatz

Last week we talked about the history of Muay Thai, and I described my experience watching a fight at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok. Muay Thai makes for an engrossing spectator sport, but if you’re going to go all the way to Thailand, you might consider not just watching a fight, but actually learning the art […]

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Minimalism Begets Manliness

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Gianpaolo Pietri. Some of the most influential men in our collective history subscribed to a philosophy of minimalism. The greatest thinkers and doers of our civilization intuitively grasped the incredible benefits of keeping things simple. They quickly recognized the awesome power of reduction and used it as […]

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So You Want My Job: Marine Corps Officer

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. There are different routes into the military life: you can go down to […]

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How to Smell Like a Barbershop

by Brett

I love the smell of an old barbershop. The mixture of talc, hair tonics, Barbicide, and cheap coffee creates a distinctly manly smell that brings back a lot of memories for me – memories of Saturday mornings at the Friendly Barbershop in downtown Edmond, Oklahoma, sitting in a hard plastic chair reading 1960s Archie comics […]

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The Craftsman’s Humility: The Inkleaf Leather Company’s Notebook Cover Giveaway

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: There are few things more manly than the independent craftsman. The Art of Manliness would like to support the independent craftsmen out there by featuring from time to time a man who’s trying to make a living working with his hands. Today we spotlight Jazeps Tenis, who started Inkleaf Leather Co., maker of leather […]

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Billiards Basics: Play Pool Like Minnesota Fats

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from James Bringman. “I got a hunch it’s me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can’t miss? ‘Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this […]

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Is Forgiveness Manly?

by Brett & Kate McKay

“No answer still. I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. There came forth in return only a jingling of the bells. My heart grew sick — on account of the dampness of the catacombs. I hastened to make an end of my labour. I forced the last stone into […]

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Man to Man Episode #2: How to Keep a Long Distance Relationship Alive [VIDEO]

by Brett

Welcome back to another episode of Man to Man. Before we get to this week’s question, I want to thank all of you who took the time to offer your input on last week’s question. The AoM community gave a ton of thoughtful and helpful advice to our man Seth. Thanks for rallying around this […]

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Skydiving from Space Part II: Nick Piantanida’s “Magnificent Failure”

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson The story of Nick Piantanida is not the straightforward, unambiguously heroic tale of Joseph Kittinger. It ends in tragedy, not triumph. Piantanida did not accomplish what he sought […]

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Muay Thai: A Primer on Thailand’s National Sport

by Bryan Schatz

Editor’s note: This is a post from Bryan Schatz who has been guest posting for us the last couple of months and has now become a full-fledged Art of Manliness contributor. Welcome aboard, Bryan! *** The monsoon downpour ends just before we hop out of the cab. We pay our 85 baht, thank the driver […]

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