Gentleman on the Street Asks: What’s the Manliest Thing You’ve Ever Done?

by Brett & Kate McKay on May 31, 2013 · 78 Comments

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Our fearless filmmarker, Jordan Crowder, hits the streets of Hollywood for another edition of “Gentleman on the Street.” This episode’s question: What’s the manliest thing you’ve ever done?

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1 logan June 1, 2013 at 12:09 am

ahh i missed it again, i live in hollywood i so want to be on a Gentleman on the Street video

2 Joe June 1, 2013 at 12:23 am

Some of those gentlemen had pretty good answers for being put on the spot. And a couple of them made me cringe and shake my head. Good work on this series!

3 Seth June 1, 2013 at 4:43 am

I think this goes to show how our society has lost its manliness. Not that many of those things weren’t manly, but most of them were not above and beyond. It is great to hear everyday stories of manliness, but when asked the question, “What is the manliest thing you have ever done?” I would hope to hear things other than standard manly actions. Come on men, be men! Do manly things; cut down a tree with an ax, have an intellectually stimulating discussion over scotch and cigars, learn to drive a race car, hop on a random train in a foreign country and go have an adventure, research and write a paper about something important to you, live by a code of conduct. Manliness is not something we can measure, but there are standards we must meet, and as manly men we should strive to surpass those basic standards. Manly men don’t settle for getting by, or routine, or acceptable, we push ourselves above and beyond.

4 Juan Cabrera June 1, 2013 at 4:55 am

The manliest thing I`ve done is to BE a father. I dont mean getting a lady pregnant, any idiot can do that. I mean being there for your kid, watching out for her, nourishing her (physically, mentally and spiritually), guiding and mentoru\ing her… I`ve out and around, marines, police, p.i. but nothing compares to the toughness (and the rewards in brings along) of being a father.

5 terry dinerman June 1, 2013 at 6:46 am

I built a hospital in Liberia out of the ruins of an old hospital destroyed during the Liberian Civil Wars.

6 Erik June 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

There doesn’t seem to be too many manly men in Hollywood these days.

Kudos to the man that was willing to take a dog bit for his wife.

7 Claude Warner June 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

One manly trait is humility, so tooting your horn about being manly is kinda contradictory.

However, I am unashamedly proud that this year my wife and I celebrate our 30th wedding anniversay.

It takes sacrifice, compromise, committment and real grit to sustain a marriage, especially when life throws chronic illness, job losses, city changes, family trauma, raising kids etc. into the mix.

We are more in love now than when we married 30 years ago.

To me that is pretty manly!

8 Suleman June 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

I love this series, but it always saddens me seeing most men don’t even know what manly is, and have never in their entire life thought about their manliness.

9 TSherry June 1, 2013 at 9:04 am

Great video. Really shows how different people define manliness.

10 Walter June 1, 2013 at 9:09 am

Raising my 5 kids that I had with the same woman whom I’ve been married to for 17 years. That’s THE most manly thing I’ve done. However, I’ve stopped a rape, captured many car thieves, fugitives, a few hijackers, and stopped several riots(with a few others, not by myself). Of course the city pays me for that.

11 jp cashla June 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

Bit disturbing that episode. Maybe he should walk into the Hollywood Firehouse next time.
I once pulled a guy out of a flipped car that was under a down electrical pole on my way to a cocktail party. Pulled him out, the emergency crew showed up and walked away. Don’t really count running with the bulls, jumping out of airplanes, 30 years of rugby or killing and cleaning my meals. Those things are just recreational.
But there are guys where I live who do the real thing everyday for a living and all they want at the end of the day is a beer and a quiet place to drink it.

12 Kerry Thompson June 1, 2013 at 10:50 am

Run a marathon, save a woman from a terrible freeway death, wrangle a green horse, take a 50 mile hike in the mountains, live in a foreign country for two years as a missionary, live like a mountain man, play in a band, write a play, sing in a barbershop group, lead a project team on a concept car that made it a classic. All of these that I have done has paled to raising five children, and loving my wife for 36 years and we are just beginning.

13 Wasim June 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

What is that old song they always play in the background?

14 John Darnall June 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

You may try getting out of Hollyweird and find some other men to question. Men who have lives less self centered. Otherwise it was an interesting few minutes.

15 John Waldron June 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

The manliest thing I ever did was join the USN, give up drugs, turn down the one set of shore duty orders in my “A” school class and volunteer for arduous sea duty onboard a Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier! Participated in Desert Storm/Shield and saw a good chunk of the world, especially Asia. Made a man out of me, in that from then on I faced my problems directly-parents thought so too!:) Wish military service was mandatory for ALL young people in the US!

16 EHarrelson June 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I open doors for my wife, help her get out of cars, be the best damn husband & father I can. Reenlisted in the Marine Corps after a 12 year gap to fight in the Iraq war. Every day, just try to embody “Manliness”

17 kirk June 1, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Interesting video. But at same time sad. That mile high comment being the absolute worst.

It would be interesting to have this same question asked in other places. Small towns, other big cities, other countries.

18 Steve June 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

This one is easy. Providing for and raising a family.

19 Jesse Vincent Panico June 1, 2013 at 3:51 pm

I would consider manly nearly synonymous with chivalrous. That said, the manliest thing I’ve ever done was to carry an incapacitated young lady about 20 city blocks in Manhattan. Let me explain a bit.
My high school show choir, the Sterling Silvertones, was headed to New York to compete in the National Show Choir Championship. We didn’t place, but I was personally nominated for Best Male Solo.
Regardless, the plan was to spend another day after the competition in New York. We were to wake up at 10, hop on board the bus, and eat lunch at a Barbeque joint. After that, we would head over to the Ambassador theater and watch the show “Chicago.” Nobody told our bus driver. He dropped us off at the restaurant and left us to our own devices. We had a couple hours from when everybody was finished to the showtime, so it was decided that we’d have to walk it. This wasn’t a problem for anyone, except our trumpet player, Sarah. She had torn her ACL in a soccer game, and was in a boot with crutches. So I offered to carry her. She handed her crutches to a friend of mine, and we began our journey. For the record, I carried her in the manliest way possible: princess style. About halfway through, the young “man” carrying the crutches started to complain about it. It was too unwieldy for him to carry, according to him. He handed the crutches to someone else as I scoffed, and we eventually arrived at our destination. Sarah was very grateful, and I felt great. AND the show was fantastic!

20 Tyler S June 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

This site needs a like button for comments and/or a way to respond directly to others comments. I agree that this video series is excellent but it also shows us the sad state of affairs of our society. I must agree with Kirk, I would love to see Gentleman on the Streets branch out more so we can get a better perspective. I’d venture to say that Hollywood is the worst place to search for manly men.

21 Jordan Crowder June 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm

@kirk I agree that some of the answers are disappointing… but truthfully, that part of Hollywood is where people come from around the globe to visit. All of them being tourists, I believe the location does provide pretty good sampling of people and the culture.

22 James Campbell June 1, 2013 at 8:01 pm

IDK if it’s the manliest thing I’ve ever done, but about 25 years ago I stopped 2 armed jewelry store thieves.

I was working at a free standing store that was in the parking lot of a major mall. I heard some yelling come from the mall and noticed 2 guys running away from security and towards my general direction. Unfortunately for 1 of the guys, I was a mechanic and happened to have a long prybar in my hands. Just as one of them came from around a large Dodge window van, I nailed him with all I had right across the chest. He was KO.

The other guy was behind him and saw what happened and took off in another direction. I threw my prybar at him and clipped him in the calf. He rolled and got back up. He was caught a little while later and I had to go into the police station to ID both of them in a lineup. My boss, who was still inside and had no idea what was going on, later told me that he thought he heard The Incredible Hulk outside screaming. Years later I would find out that I had a War-Cry. LOL!

Honestly I should have never gotten involved, especially since they were armed. But at the time I did not know that. And adding the fact that my girlfriend was working in the mall, and I had no idea why these guys were running, I was motivated to do something.

23 SS June 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Haha! While I haven’t done anything too manly(gotta focus on school and all), my dad has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean… I think thats pretty manly, right?

24 JC Big River June 1, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I fought in a war.

Iv spent time in jail.

Iv given my life to Christ.

Iv canoed 50 miles on a winding river during the spring floods.

Iv also guided 3 men in across a frozen lake in late February, in the dark of night, during a wicked snow storm, to an abandoned dog sledders quincee. So that we would be able to make the check point in the morning.

And Iv done all of this with out a drop of alcohol.

25 Nicholas June 2, 2013 at 12:22 am

I’d have to agree with Juan and others: being a father and husband have been the highlights of my life.

26 David Fillary June 2, 2013 at 3:28 am

I stopped a neighbours’ domestic: I saw him pushing her around through the window and he was obviously really drunk. I knocked, and when she answered, she ran out screaming. Turns out he had a knife, so I had to talk him out of it. I possibly saved her life, although really should have called the police instead!
Also one of my least manly moments though, because I hesitated for quite a few minutes deciding what to do, which could have ended badly; but I learnt a lesson.

27 Bill R June 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

Ah, maybe I have a little different idea of what manliness is? Holding a door open for another person-man or woman-is being polite, not manly. I guess my version of manliness is different. I can make fire with a flint & steel (REAL flint & steel, not a ferro rod). I have fished with my hands. I built a canoe ones from a cedar tree. I have been to war. I wouldnt consider ANY of these manly, as women have done them too. Whats manly? My beard. I can grow one of those-thats pretty manly, as it (mostly) gender specific :)

28 Clark Roberts June 2, 2013 at 9:35 am

I know a guy named Jack Madison who is the manliness man one could ever come across.
He has two bullets and a spear tip in his body from being caught in a civil war while free-style camping. Another time he carried and dragged an injured man 16 miles to an airport on the edge of a jungle.
I’ve seen video of him swimming with sharks, walking around a group of lions in Africa and climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington.
He has lived in the forests of Vermont 2 years because he “wanted to see what it would be like.” He has cliff dived in Acapulco, crash landed an airplane and slept with more women than should be legal.
He owns a small marketing firm in Seattle and is so manly he makes other men’s whiskers fall out upon meeting him.
He does not drink alcohol and is polite to a fault. I found all this out from a friend of mine who is related to this guy. You would never hear this guy talk about himself.
Crazy stuff…Jack Madison. Remember that name because they’ll probably make a movie about him one day.

29 Gerlad Lee Krajewski June 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior is the manliest thing I have ever done.

30 Chad June 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I once dislocated my shoulder while trying to body slam my roommate in a wrestling match to determine who would clean the kitchen. Instead of going to the hospital, I had him step on my back and pull it back into the socket. We then smartened up and called our girlfriends over to clean it, as we nursed our wounds and laughed about it over beers.

31 El Gallo June 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Quite recently my father had an accident that put him out of commission. He usually takes care of things around on the house like maintenance, yard work, errands, etc.

I didnt realize how much work he actually does until he wasnt able to do it, and needed me to fill in his role.

Balancing my education, social life, and helping run the household has got to be manliest thing I’ve done.

32 Dave June 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Wow. My Grandfather is rolling in his grave. Sorry state of our nation for sure.

33 Bicycle Bill June 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Why are some commenters here looking down at some of the remarks, as if the responses do not rise to their certain perceived level of manliness?  I am a man and I do manly things.  Sometimes they are insignificant things like holding a door or giving up a seat; things that are insignificant so far as I am concerned but mean much to the people for whom I’ve done them.  Other times they might be something for which one rightly wins kudos.

But the truest proof that a man is doing manly things comes when you look the man in the mirror straight in the eyes and find that you have no need to look away.

34 Lowell Outslay June 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Almost any male can father a child, but it takes a man a real man to be a dad.

35 Steve June 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Helped a friend clear land and build his house in Maine; raised my son right.

36 Colin J June 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I did expect more than the responses you got here. C’mon, we men are masters at swapping stories to show our bravado, and it doesn’t always have to be a matter of one-upmanship. We just tell stories. I was sharing tales with a guy just yesterday and we both had things in our lives that helped put hair on our chests. These guys are proud of screwing in light bulbs and streaking?! Lets step it up men!

37 jason taylor June 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

” I think this goes to show how our society has lost its manliness. Not that many of those things weren’t manly, but most of them were not above and beyond.”

Consider the alternative Seth. A society where lots of people have manly things to claim would be a society of hardship, chaos and danger. If civilization crumbled into a post-apocolyptic mess, be sure there will be plenty of people with manly things to claim.

38 Howard June 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Serve my community as a volunteer fireman for 34 years.
Married to my wife for 30 years.
Raised my children right (made lots of mistakes.)
Taught hundreds of middle school students how to win with their minds.

39 Philip June 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

I first responded to an accident scene, I was driving on I-85 during 2004 and there was a storm, the car in front of me hydroplaned. I pulled over and got everyone out of the car before EMS got there.

40 Douglas June 3, 2013 at 10:30 am

Screw in a light bulb? Really?

Surely – SURELY there were better answers and the Gentleman on the Street’s videos are edited to be as ridiculous as his mustache. I consider myself a pretty typical Midwestern man, and I can tick off:

Joining the Marine Corps.
Fighting in a war.
Walking away from a family business to save the family.
Killing and eating a rattlesnake on a camping trip.
Hunting and eating what I killed.
Horseback riding.
Motorcycle riding.
Water skiing.
Snow skiing.
SCUBA diving.
Leading the Cub Scout Pack when nobody else would.
Traveling all over God’s green earth.
Hiking to the top of Pikes Peak.
Hiking to the treeline in the mountains of Colorado with my kids.
Continually carrying a pocketknife since elementary school.
Stopping to change numerous tires for women.
Stopping to render aid at the scene of multiple car crashes.
Providing for my family, monetarily, spiritually and morally.
Being unwaveringly faithful in my marriage.
Being available to my kids.
Fighting for my marriage when I found out she wasn’t faithful.
Ending the marriage when it was clear it was over.
Not settling for anything less than equal custody of my kids.
Building a stronger relationship with my kids after the divorce.
Maning up and moving on when life sucked.
Taking time to heal.
Finding a GOOD woman to build a new life with.
Not shacking up with her so I can be the example for my kids.
Teaching my kids to become young MEN.
Keeping my vehicles in good repair.
Keeping my home in good repair.
Keeping my body in good repair.
Honoring my parents and step-parents.
Respecting the law even when I had better ideas…

The list goes on and on, but at this point it feels like I’ve crossed the line into bragging, and that definitely isn’t a manly trait. There are a few men I know that I look at and think “I want to be more like them.” They are more manly than I, and I’m constantly sharpening myself against the “hone of manly men” in order to better myself. My point is, if the responses on the video are typical of America, we are in deep $hit, and this website should be required study for all males, MEN and “men” alike! Keep up the good work and stay Manly my friend!

41 Dave June 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

Real men don’t brag about what they’ve done.

42 David June 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

I don’t live in LA, so I won’t wait to be interviewed.

Manliest thing I have done – bar none – is deliver my son.

Can’t top that: dexterity + paternity + caring husband

And other Dave, I think this is one thing that every man should get to brag about!

43 chris June 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

Put others before myself.

44 Scott Ferrell June 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have supported and been a caretaker to an aged parent for seventeen years.
Survived the death of a loved one.
Survived being raped by another man and reclaiming my manhood.
Being with my brothers in Christ.

45 Keith June 3, 2013 at 11:52 am

I followed my grandfathers footsteps and volunteered for the military.

46 Evan M June 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Moving out of a house where drug and alcohol abuse was rampant . I was 18 and left with my twin and younger brother. I bought a house with my twin at the age of 19 and together we have been remodeling it. I do all of this with no parents, while being a full-time student at a university, and while working at least two jobs. I don’t count this since I haven’t done it yet but as soon as I graduate I am enlisting in the Army to pursue becoming a Ranger. Giving my life to God has been the manliest thing I’ve done, though.

I applaud all of you good fathers out there for being there for your children, it really makes a difference!

Lastly, I can grow a wicked beard:)

47 Don June 3, 2013 at 1:24 pm

It is MOST manly when we keep these things to ourselves…it is the highest form of manliness when you do these things with no expectation of acknowledgement…
just my thought.

48 Herbert West June 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Very funny video.

Shame you guys take yourselves seriously. Lots of rods to be extracted from anuses (anusi?) around here.

49 Murf June 3, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I was diagnosed with Stage IV colon, liver, kidney, and lung cancers last year at 27 years old. Since then, I’ve gone through 12 rounds of exceptionally-potent chemo (I opted to treat as harshly and aggressively as possible, as I was strong enough to take more than the average patient) and 2 radiations. I haven’t had the first side effect from it, a fact which simply amazes my doctors. I’ve not spent a single day depressed and feeling sorry for myself (what good would it do?), instead opting to face it like a man, fight it with everything I’ve got, and keep my positive, happy attitude in hopes that it’ll help to keep up the spirits of the people I care about and who are pulling for me.

And I’m doing all of it because I have a family to take care of and not let down. They haven’t given up on me, so I can’t give up on them. The doc gave me two years; to hell with that guy.

50 Steve C June 3, 2013 at 5:04 pm

It is not bragging when someone asks you the question. Modesty is manly; false modesty is not.

My list:
1. Siring and raising three wonderful kids (2 sons, 1 daughter).
2. Hiking Philmont (Boy Scouts) three times.
3. Canoeing the Canadian boundary waters.
4. Beating Crohns disease.
5. Beating rectal cancer.
6. Making my own pasta.

51 Spence June 3, 2013 at 6:12 pm

1) Running a marathon 3 years in a row(and counting…..)
2) Archery/bow hunting
3) Playing slide blues guitar
4) Making my own knives
5) Getting my family from a point where we had to have 5 jobs to keep food on the table to where we are now at two jobs.

52 Brady June 3, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Manliest thing I’ve ever done, I have actually done multiple times.

Cut down trees, then chop them up into firewood. Doesn’t get much manlier than that.

53 Jodah June 3, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Manliest thing I can remember doing was during a security job i once held, and this story isn’t likely going where you think. A little girl, about 4-5 came up to me and wanted to know where her mommy was. Well, I couldn’t look all over the park for her, but I could certainly radio in for everyone else to keep an eye out. And I spent the next 20 minutes with Kate, talking about everything under the sun while the team found mom and dad and brought them to my location.

54 Orac June 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I agree with the poster who said that you don’t brag about what you’ve done. In my opinion the manliest thing you can do is set a good example.

55 matt June 3, 2013 at 11:51 pm

I saw an alligator approaching a group of tourists in an aggressive manner. I walked up behind it and put two .45 hollow points in the back of it’s head. It was still twitching so I finished the job with an axe. The property owner accused me of damaging his waterline (he thought the bullets had penetrated into the ground that far). I told him to deal with it and walked away with my big iron on my hip.

56 Norm June 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

I was driving down the access road of a busy expressway one afternoon and a squirrel in the middle of the road was trying to drag himself across. His head was bloody and his back half had been run over by a car, his legs crushed. I made a u-turn at the next turnaround, came back and deliberately ran over his head, instantly putting him out of his misery.

57 Kammes June 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

I love the threads of thought produced from this topic. I think the manliest things I’ve ever done in life have come during points where I see goals in my life then struggle with the sacrifices of comfort that must be made to reach those goals. The manly part comes just when I push off from the pool side and swim to he deep end, towards the unknown but with no intention of changing course. I don’t always have the strength or courage to make sacrifices that are life changing for the sake of achieving some goal of mine so when I do I feel mighty manly.

By the way: what’s wrong with telling people what manly thing you think you’ve done – when asked? I think a man should take some time out of his life and acknowledge himself and others around him as having done manly deeds, of having some manly attributes that color his life. We need this fuel, especially those of us who seem alone in a sea of what appears to be meek and uninspired people. It’s also a great way to get a new perception on what actions are manly in the minds of other men.

58 Brennan June 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I’ve trained horses, framed houses, shaved using the Red Sea as my sink, ridden on a train top in Jaipur, walked 3 days without food after a bear got into my supplies. Fun stuff. The manliest thing I have ever done is driving my daughter to school in a minivan. Sometimes the macho has to be subsumed to the manly.

59 Jim Wilson June 4, 2013 at 5:46 pm

The manliest thing I’ve ever done?

A real man wouldn’t recall, now would he?

My now-sainted father-in-law was squad leader and sniper during WWII. He came home and only spoke of getting his good behavior commendation in boot, and his strange fluency in German. We found the silver star, the purple heart, half a cigar boxful of others, including medals awarded by the French, only after Mas passed away. The manliest thing he’d ever done? I suppose that was between him, God, and whomever was there at that moment.

Come to think of it, I suppose his gentle silence concerning such stuff was pretty darned manly.

60 Dave H June 5, 2013 at 3:53 am

One of my friends who is a fellow veteran, I consider one of the strongest people I know physically, mentally and spiritually shed a tear and admit to me that he was so terrified of returning to war, it was one of the most heartfelt moments in my life I have experienced.

No false bravado, just honesty, that is what I call a man.

61 James June 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

Humility is not refusing to answer the question and then going off and thinking you are so special. Humility would be understanding that whatever you’ve done does not make you any more special than the next guy.

That said, I once moved 3 or 4 tons of rocks with my damn bare hands in a day. It felt very manly. I think I chopped a cord or two of wood in a day too.

62 Jordan June 5, 2013 at 7:56 am

I have fought in a war 3 times, jumped out of a plane 37 times and now I am a state trooper. What I have learned is that being manly isn’t about being strong physically, performing daring deeds or otherwise being Ron Swanson. I have learned that being strong and manly is all about being able to be vulnerable and weak in order to play with a child, or show empathy and emotion when others are feeling pain. I think compassion and love are the most manly attributes a person can have. Being second…always.

63 TR June 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

Never will you find anyone manlier than me.
I know all the lines back to front for the movie Die Hard.

64 Mark June 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hmmm, manly you say.
Well I’m a retired USCG Boatswains Mate. I’ve done Search and Rescue, drug interdiction in the Bahamas, lived in Kodiak Alaska. I am a hobby blacksmith and built my own forge, make my own charcoal and on a volunteer fire department.
But manly you ask?
I have been married to the same woman for 30+ years, raised 3 children and love the Lord. That’s it. Those are the three things I’ve done thats manly.

65 Frank June 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I think partly due to cell phones the younger generations have little ability to get themselves out of a jam.
For example a real man knows how to safely pull off the road and change a flat tire… not reach for his iphone as a solution.

66 Debbie M June 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

The manliest things I’ve done are not the most exciting, but they are mine:
* lived off just what was on my back and what I found in the woods for one weekend
* lived outdoors during a summer that had six solid weeks of high temperatures over 100 degrees
* opened a can with a knife (of course this is not good for the knife–I don’t recommend it generally)
* carried the trunk that I had needed help with at the beginning of the summer by myself at the end of the summer
* built shelves into my pantry
* made ice cream and whipped cream without using electricity
* saved up and went back to the expensive college when my parents couldn’t pay their share

I’m not including the times when I protected my own like a mama bear or when I was nice to people even when it wasn’t easy because those types of things seem more stereotypically feminine. Even though holding doors open would fit in that category.

67 Jared O June 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

I was mugged two times,on both counts I warded them of without raising a fist, using tongue-fu alone.
Acted as an interpreter and lawyer-by-chance for two tourists whom I believed some police men and tramway controllers tried to fine unjustly.

68 Rick June 6, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Is manliness something you do, or is something you are? For me it is something you are; a state of being.

Knowing who you are and staying true to yourself is the manliest thing you can do.

69 Mark M June 9, 2013 at 8:49 am

In 1993, I was in a gunfight with a bank robber. What I was most proud of was that I kept my head and was able to give first aid to a injured officer, call for assistance and secure the scene.

70 Dr. Newton June 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

In a philosophy class on this subject, I once asked the same question. The best answer I received was from a student from Alaska. His response: he killed a grizzly bear.

To which a female student spontaneously responded: What a man!

71 Alejandro June 10, 2013 at 7:44 am

Decided that I want to be a Holy Priest

72 Darragh June 11, 2013 at 8:39 am

manliest thing i’ve done, hmm, well a few weeks ago i found a poor fellow face down on the ground in a car park in killarney Ireland, he’d had a bit too much to drink, but i chatted to him for a while and through the slurring and drunk talk i worked out where he was staying, helped him up walked him back to his hotel, got him inside helped him up to his room, and headed off home, he said he was over from chicago, maybe on a stag party, guy was so grateful for my help he insisted i take 20 euro for m trouble, nice guy

73 Ross June 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

I’d like to see Jordan ask women “What’s the manliest thing someone has ever done for you?”. I think it would be interesting to what instances they remember and if it was done by a complete stranger or someone they knew.

74 Kris Burns June 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Most manly thing I’ve ever done? Wild boar hunting in the Indonesian jungle with dogs and spears. No joke.

75 Kent June 13, 2013 at 10:37 am

On the 4th of July last year, I mercy killed a wounded juvenile duck with my bare hands. It was hit by a car while crossing a busy street and had a broken wing and internal bleeding. There were lots of kids around so I took it under the bridge to do the deed. As a bonus, some 100-pound James River flathead catfish got a good meal that night.

76 Patrick June 14, 2013 at 7:04 am

I don’t know what the most manly thing I’ve done is, but Sunday I grabbed a 6 foot snake behind the head and pulled it out of my chicken coop.

77 Don July 6, 2013 at 8:05 am

I fought in a War.
Lifted weights made of tent poles with sand bags tied on the ends, in a war zone with the Marines in Saudi Arabia in a tent in 100 degree weather.
Stayed up all night with my two month old son, sick, stuggling to breathe with him laying on my chest.
Performed a tracheostomy on a 24 week old premie in the NICU with about 10 seconds to spare before she was going to die.

78 Ringo August 12, 2013 at 5:05 pm

I wrote the manly mans manual!

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