December 2011

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Art of Manliness: Best of 2011

by Brett & Kate McKay

Merry Christmas! Kate and I will be taking the coming week off to spend time with family and reboot before the new year. So we won’t be publishing anything new on the site until January. But for those of you who still need an AoM fix while we’re away, we’ve put together this recap of […]

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Dim & Dash: Shoveling Snow

by Brett & Kate McKay
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Protecting Yourself Financially: Types of Insurance a Man Needs

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose.  The day we were issued our IBA’s (Interceptor Body Armor or Flak Jacket), I could feel my knees and lower back aching already.   Having to lug around an extra 16 pounds everywhere we went, on top of all the other gear we were issued, was […]

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A Man’s Guide to Cold Weather Dressing

by Antonio

To pay my way through college, I worked as a tower hand for a tower services company in Cedar Rapids. For three years I spent my weekends climbing thousands of feet into the air to fix antennas, replace cables, and change light bulbs. And that was the easy part–what I hated was the cold! You […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part IV: A Primer on Being the Ultimate Host

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? Here’s a primer on what to do during each phase of your party in order to be the ultimate host.

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Practical Wisdom: The Master Virtue

by Brett & Kate McKay

In 2008, Christopher Ratte and his seven-year-old son were attending a Detroit Tigers game together. When Ratte went to the concession stand, he grabbed a beer for himself and a Mike’s Hard Lemonade for his son, unaware that the drink contained 5% alcohol.  When a security guard saw Ratte’s son nursing the bottle of the […]

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Manly Rules for Naming Man’s Best Friend

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jon Finkel. Presidents are notorious for giving their dogs politically correct names (See: Bill Clinton re: Buddy or Gerald Ford re: Liberty). Lyndon Johnson even had a pair of beagles he simply named Him and Her. But our manliest president, Teddy Roosevelt, would have none of that. […]

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Dressing for the Occasion: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

This illustrated guide made possible by Life Khaki by Haggar – Talking Men’s style. What’s this? Got an invite to a party that has a dress code have no clue what “black tie optional” means? Here’s an illustrated guide to help you decipher that dress code.

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How to Survive an Avalanche

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last year, 25 people were killed by avalanches in the United States. The number may not sound like much, but that’s 23 more than were killed by sharks last year, and 25 more than have ever been killed by a Yeti. The victims are typically backcountry recreationalists—skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and snowmobilers. Snowmobilers account for twice […]

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5 Gadgets to Create The Ultimate Holiday Lights Display

by Brett & Kate McKay

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. I do a guest column for them every once in awhile and share it here on AoM for those who might want to check it out. My latest is on 5 Gadgets to Create the Ultimate […]

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How to Throw an Awesome Holiday Party–Part III: A Simple and Jolly Dinner Menu

by Matt Moore

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? The idea of hosting a sit-down dinner can seem intimidating for a lot of men. Beginners wonder if they can pull it off, and those of you who’ve hosted such a bash before know that a good time doesn’t come for free. In fact, quite a bit of hard work, planning, and expense can go into hosting such affairs. Here’s your game plan.

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Movember 2011 Wrap-Up: Team AoM Raises $49,346 and Takes 12th Place in the US!

by Brett & Kate McKay

Well, another Movember is on the books here at AoM. For those of you who are new to the site, during the month of November, the Art of Manliness participated in Movember, an annual fundraiser in which participants grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues. This is the third year we’ve participated. This […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Whittling

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Yankee boy, before he’s sent to school, Well knows the mysteries of that magic tool, The pocket-knife. To that his wistful eye Turns, while he hears his mother’s lullaby; His hoarded cents he gladly gives to get it, Then leaves no stone unturned till he can whet it; And in the education of the […]

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Manvotional: The Bull’s-Eye Lantern

by Brett & Kate McKay

In coming across Robert Louis Stevenson’s essay, “The Lantern-Bearers,” a few months ago, I discovered an image that has stuck with me like few things I have ever read. I have pondered it many times since, and I thought that it was especially apropos to share during this “season of lights.” In the essay, Stevenson […]

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How to Dress for a Job Interview: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

by Brett & Kate McKay

This illustrated guide made possible by Life Khaki by Haggar – Talking Men’s style. What’s this? Got a job interview coming up and are wondering how to dress? Here are some general guidelines to follow at a glance.

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Lessons in Manliness from Dante

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “I see man’s mind cannot be satisfied unless it be illumined by that truth beyond which there exists no other truth.” – Paradiso IV.124-126. Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture, The Thinker, is probably the single most well-known depiction of the poet Dante. Originally entitled The Poet […]

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Mountain & Sackett 2011 Holiday Tie Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

What line-up of holiday giveaways would be complete without one for Mountain & Sackett ties? So our perennial Mountain & Sackett tie giveaway is here once again! What can I say? I love featuring Mountain & Sackett on the site. They’re a family-owned business that’s been making ties right here in the U.S. of A […]

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

by Brett & Kate McKay

This post is brought to you by Heineken. What’s this? Once you know what kind of party you’re throwing, it’s time to begin planning the event: drawing up a guest list, sending out invitations, and getting ready for the shindig. Here’s how to do it.

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How to Make a Citizen’s Arrest

by Brett & Kate McKay

I think we’ve all thought about it at one time or another. What would you do if you saw someone commit a crime? Would you call the police and let them handle it or would you try to be a hero, chase down that purse snatcher, and make a citizen’s arrest? If you’re like me, […]

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